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Thursday, February 18
 

8:30am MST

CATCA HELP DESK
Do you need any help finding your session? Do you need assistance to guide your way through this virtual world of CATCA. Please come on it and one member of your CATCA board will help you through this journey of yours. 

Thursday February 18, 2021 8:30am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:30pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

Reading Comprehension Success Grades 7 to 9
This workshop will provide ELA teachers with a pathway of how to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments as well as ease the stress and anxiety students often experience when faced with writing these assessments. The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details; Interpret Text Organization; Associate Meaning; Make Connections; Evaluate. During this session teachers will unpack each reading comprehension skill and understand the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill; review assessment questions which are aligned to each skill; understand and practise aligning assessment questions to each skill; and write assessment questions that assess each skill.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

9:00am MST

App Development with Swift: Build Something That Matters*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
This session focuses on app design as the primary motivation for learning to code. You will see a demo and learn about Swift, Apple’s powerful and accessible app development language, and explore Apple’s high school curriculum that teaches students how to design and code their own apps that solve a problem or serve a purpose.
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
avatar for Bob Bajwa

Bob Bajwa

Technical Consultant, Apple
Bob is a senior technical consultant for Apple Canada. He is also a former educator and app and coding trainer.


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

9:00am MST

The Core Ingredients
The landscape of food provision and nutrition education in schools is evolving to align with new public health measures. At the same time, nutrition continues to be a key component in student learning. Through group discussions you will hear how schools are successfully adapting nutrition supports for students. A comprehensive school health approach will be used to highlight ‘The Core Ingredients’ for fostering life-long healthy eating habits.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Slipp

Katherine Slipp

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Katherine Slipp is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. Currently working in Public Health covering Red Deer Public and areas west of Sylvan Lake. Previous work experience includes chronic disease management in RMH, Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nations, as well as Homecare... Read More →
avatar for Karen Olafson

Karen Olafson

Alberta Health Services
avatar for Carly Armstrong

Carly Armstrong

Alberta Health Services
Carly is a Dietetic Intern working in the Central Zone. She is passionate about food and nutrition and wants to help make healthy eating practical and enjoyable for all!
avatar for Lauren Jewkes

Lauren Jewkes

Alberta Health Services
Lauren is a Dietetic Intern working in Central Alberta. She is passionate about helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, including eating a variety of foods they enjoy without guilt.



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 070

9:00am MST

FAILURE... My experience with helping students embrace failure to accelerate learning
Many teachers will say that they value risk in their classrooms. But what does that really mean. Are your students excited to share the WRONG answer, and even more, celebrate when they are wrong? What is the sweet spot for student success when it comes to learning new skills? 30 to 50% failure rate may be the optimal number for student learning. How do we define success when it comes to learning? Join me for a discussion on Failure and how it can push students forward.
This session is designed to help teachers look at their practice from a lens of continual progress. What I found out changed how I approached skill development from literacy, to physical Skills, to learning Algebra! Walk away from this session with some perspective on building skills and continual student growth. If students are getting 80 to 100% correct, they may not be progressing.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

9:00am MST

Exceed Expectation With What We Learned During the COVID Spring *PRE-RECORDED*
Engage your students, improve their learning and communicate progress more effectively and efficiently. Entice parents to connect with their child’s learning while improving school and home communication. This session will focus on five steps that have been designed and proven to challenge students to exceed expectations and better prepare them for high school and the 21-century workforce. Reconstruct your pedagogy and decrease your workload so that you can focus on the development of your students.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his concept-based and project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

English Language Arts with Artificial Intelligence (Using AI for Character Analysis in English Language Arts)
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science can be used to explore literature and communication in ELA classes. Finding patterns and meaning in text is an essential component of understanding the meaning behind what we read, hear and observe. By using natural language processing, we can analyse sentiment and story arcs, look at how characters interact, investigate changes in language over time, automate readability checking, and foster inquiry and critical thinking skills based on data from texts. We'll also talk about the growing trend in machine-generated text, including how you and your students can do this, as well as some potential issues and ethical considerations.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Callysto
David Hay is a teacher in Elk Island Public Schools, where he has taught high school physics and technology courses, grades 5 and 6, and been an innovation consultant.


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

9:00am MST

Healthy Play: Learning to Play, Playing to Learn!
Healthy Play is about learning to play and playing to learn! We give staff and students simple and FUN techniques to create a more connected and caring school community by empowering students to resolve conflict, practice empathy skills and promote inclusive environments.

Built around the Healthy Play philosophy, this hands-on training not only provides staff with the Healthy Play concepts, but also ways to implement these concepts through amazing physical literacy-based games and activities that can be played in the classroom, gym/open spaces and independently on the playground.

Healthy Play is great for new teachers, Generalists who are required to teach PE (and find that PE isn’t their strong suit), and PE Specialists who are looking for something different!

If we haven't intrigued you yet - a five-year longitudinal study was recently completed that evaluated Healthy Play implementation in 29 different schools in Arizona. The research found that when teachers utilized Healthy Play concepts 3 - 5 times each week, they reported a 70% reduction in acts of aggression, bullying, teasing, and non-cooperative behaviour!

Learn more about how Healthy Play can impact your school community!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

Founder, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen is the founder of WordPLAY Consulting and works directly within education, recreation and sport organizations to connect, inspire and inform through PLAY! Jen graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activity) and... Read More →
avatar for Jen Smith

Jen Smith

Co-Owner, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen’s career in recreation began 19 years ago when she became a support worker for adults with disabilities which quickly established a passion for working within the disability community.While still living in Ontario, she developed and facilitated a Youth Leadership Training program... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

9:00am MST

Gestion de classe—Ce qui fonctionne
Cet atelier a été conçu pour les enseignants débutants ou nouveaux dans la profession. Les participants revisiteront le thème de la gestion de classe et son importance, à commencer par l’importance de privilégier des relations positives et authentiques avec les élèves. De là, ils examineront les règles, routines, procédures et stratégies liées à la gestion de classe. L’objectif de cet atelier est d’aider les participants à créer des salles de classe dans lesquelles le travail des élèves et des enseignants pourra porter ses fruits.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Fuchshuber

Valerie Fuchshuber

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Val is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education at Georges P. Vanier School.


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

Boost your Productivity & Life Satisfaction with the Sunday Review
In all her years of coaching clients for wildly successful lives and her own personal lifelong quest for organization, productivity and personal fulfillment, Self-Care Expert, Christina Marlett, has never found a better tool than the Sacred Success Sunday Review.

When you attend this session, you’ll be guided through her proprietary weekly review process (even though it won’t be Sunday) so that you’ll have the template to implement it week after week.

Christina has found that her clients who consistently do the Sunday Review:

>learn to be kinder and gentler with themselves
>discover what’s really important in their lives and how to make time for it
>are more productive and efficient
>manifest life-changing miracles
>have more fun
>uncover previously hidden habits that were sabotaging their progress and keeping them stuck
>pinpoint how to make lasting changes that result in better health, more happiness and even epic relationships

Join us for the most impactful session you’ll attend all year.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

9:00am MST

Your Pension Matters*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement. You are encouraged to have your most recent Annual Statement with you.
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellor

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
Linda has been with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund since 1990 and has spoken at numerous conventions, pension seminars and counselling sessions throughout the province.



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 068

9:00am MST

Looking Ahead - By Retired Teachers, for Retiring Teachers
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) is introduced – what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member.
While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF).
The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA – the health, dental, and travel options; and how the plan is managed.

Speakers
avatar for Alberta Retired Teachers' Association

Alberta Retired Teachers' Association

Jennifer Hope - Affiliate Marketing Advisor, Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Have a Question? Need some more information? Or just want to chat?You are welcome to connect with us live via Zoom. Please click the link above.We will be available from 9:00 am, until 4:00pm (MST) on Thursday, February 25th and from 9:00am, until 3:00pm on Friday, February 26th.If... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope

Affiliate Marketing Advisor, Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Jennifer graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in marketing. Prior to joining the ARTA marketing team, she hashad a variety of marketing positions as well as media communications.Since joining ARTA Jennifer has become well-versed... Read More →
avatar for Marilyn Bossert

Marilyn Bossert

MARILYN BOSSERT Past President, ARTA Retirement marks the end of working for someone else and the beginning of living for yourself reads the quote on Marilyn’s favorite coffee mug. Following a rewarding career teaching junior high English, she joined her local branch, the Central... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 058

9:00am MST

Inspiring Difference Maker's Together
Rick Hansen Foundation School Program offers FREE educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve, developed by educators for educators. In both English and French, ready-made lesson plans that incorporate Universal Design principles and are connected to provincial curriculum and educational priorities across Canada. We believe that by encouraging youth to take action on issues that matter to them, they can become leaders in creating an accessible, inclusive world.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Dolinar

Anne-Marie Dolinar

Rick Hansen Foundation School Program
Anne-Marie began her career as a Registered Dietitian where she educated clients about nutrition, delivered food literacy programming in schools, and instructed dietetics courses at the post-secondary level. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, the need for improved accessibility... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

9:00am MST

Creating Calm in your Classroom with Sound *PRE-RECORDED*
It’s scientifically proven that sound has a huge impact on the body and mind. In this interactive session learn how some sounds hurt, while other sounds heal. Discover ways to use sound to bring peace and calm into your classroom to facilitate better learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

Self-Care for Sanity, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as, "The Feel Good Lady." This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way(Breakout-Q&A Session)
Limited Capacity filling up

This will be a Q&A session where the audience will have the opportunity to talk to Jesse regarding his riveting personal journey which has captivated endless audiences in his book, From the Ashes. He reflects on his story, one that recounts trauma, addiction, and homelessness. Through his remarks, audiences will learn a deeper story of hope and resilience, one that will impact them deeply. This will be the same talk that will be done during Session 3 (12:30-1:45).

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Currently, he is working on theories of the intergenerational and historical trauma of the Métis people. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

9:00am MST

The Sixties Scoop—Understanding Implications & Contributing towards Reconciliation
From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended and placed with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous cultures, languages and identity.  This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the Sixties Scoop, as well as increased understanding of its legacy.  You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the Sixties Scoop, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Riel

Gretchen Riel

ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers Association
G̱ilakas’la, my name is Gretchen Riel. I am a teacher at Rocky View Schools and an Indigenous Education MEd student. My traditional Kwak̓wala name is T̓suxwt̓sa’adza̱mga Hanuse. My two children and I are Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw and proud members of the ‘Namgis First Nation... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Elementary Students
The Alberta Teacher Quality Standard calls on teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop a knowledge and understanding of, and respect for Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. The study of environmental sustainability, which can be linked to the curriculum across all subjects and subject areas, offers a wonderful opportunity to do just this. If this idea sounds interesting to you but also fills you with trepidation, then this workshop is for you.

In this session, we'll demonstrate how you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems but rather, an open mind and heart - and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic resources, we’ll also show you how you can weave Indigenous perspectives in your everyday practice and deliver on the curriculum in a way that engages students and fosters deep learning. This workshop will target specifically Division I and II teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD), it's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 064

9:00am MST

Education Reform: Hacking Assessment and Evaluation
In 2012, Brian and his colleagues decided to try a new approach to teaching and learning. Just feedback, no grades. With the exception of report cards, students were never given numerical values over the course of their school year. Not only did engagement increase, but so did student interest, curiosity and learning. Let Brian share the ups and downs of going graceless as well as how you can start in your school today!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Aspinall

Brian Aspinall

Brian is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Webinar 1000-4

9:00am MST

Power Laughs: Using Humour to Build Resilience
We're more likely to live healthy, productive lives if we maintain our physical and emotional resilience, and this laugh-out-loud comedy presentation offers simple steps to help you go from treading water to reigniting your spark. These are trying times for our mental health, and Jessica shares her experience with depression and the role comedy played in reigniting her spark. Comedy is a powerful filter through which you can navigate stressful situations, like say...teaching during a pandemic!! She brings all the fun and energy of her comedy act, with the added excitement of never knowing whether a cat will wander onscreen or a doorbell will ring mid-show, reminding you that while life is far from perfect these days, we'll eventually make it through this bananas pandemic with our sense of humour intact.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

9:00am MST

Make Your Own Tipi *PRE-RECORDED*
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in learning about the tipi and creating your own miniature tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.
Here is a list of supplies to obtain
- Tipi template (pdf attached) - best printed off on 11 x 17 paper
- crayons, markers
- scissors
- scotch tape
- kebob sticks (approximately 30 cm) - Dollar store
- pencil, eraser
- ruler

These two items help to draw images on your tipi (if needed)
- animal/shape stencils (optional)
- carbon paper (optional)

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Congo for the Taking… (Part 1) Leopold’s Congo Free State to ‘Independence’
This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from Leopold’s Congo to ‘Independence’. It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold's Congo to ‘Independence’ and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths… including the admission in a DND document that Canadian Peacekeepers played a vital role in Prime Minister Lumumba’s capture. Kwame Nkrumah and Politburo and US NSC staff explain how UN Peacekeepers were misused for control in Congo. From Leopold to Lumumba’s assassination we examine this quote, "… the norms of private life and of a polity regulated by law are only with difficulty invoked in global politics.” We also explore the implications of this history for Social Studies Curricula.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

9:00am MST

Experience the Maths - No Problem! Method of Teaching *PRE-RECORDED*
According to the latest international studies, Singapore Math teaching is the most successful in the world. Find out how this approach develops children's mathematical ability; join the math teaching revolution. Maths – No Problem! incorporates this method wherein every child can achieve in math. This approach allows students to master concepts in greater depth, and proves that math can be both linguistic and creative. Students learn to think mathematically, rather than having to memorize processes and procedures, which has been proven to be ineffective in long-term memory. This engaging, hands-on presentation will give you a renewed appreciation for math and will inspire you to be an even better teacher. Adam Gifford will provide an overview of the Maths – No Problem! approach, and you will experience some of the exciting teaching methods and strategies that will bring math to life in your classroom.

Speakers
AG

Adam Gifford

Maths No Problem
MNP Lead Trainer Adam worked as a primary school headteacher, where he oversaw the school’s involvement with the National Math Project using Maths — No Problem! materials. He is Maths Recovery trained, and was the first Primary Maths Specialist Leader in Education within the United... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

"Bang for Your Buck" Songs *PRE-RECORDED*
Learn or rediscover some key songs that “have it all”! These great songs can be used to teach, reinforce, and assess multiple skills and concepts while keeping enjoyment and engagement high. This session will provide tips and tricks for taking best advantage of these multi-use songs, whether you are an experienced music specialist or a classroom teacher who is teaching their own music. Strategies for teaching music during COVID-19 times may be included.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Cercle de percussion avec des jeux rythmiques, une technique d’improvisation et de la danse. (Aucune expérience musicale requise).
Cet atelier est pour les niveaux primaire et secondaire


Comment stimuler la créativité artistique et intellectuelle des enfants tout en renforçant leur développement cognitif à l'aide de jeux
rythmiques ?

À tous les enseignants merci de bien vouloir préparer vos instruments avant l'atelier : un seau, des bâtons, des bols en plastique, des pots / sacs de riz ou de haricots, des cuillères, un foulard, un panier ou votre propre tambour.

Au moyen de tambours et d'autres instruments du monde entier, cet atelier multiculturel et interactif fournit aux enseignants les outils nécessaires pour faciliter un cercle de tambour à l’aide d’une méthode d'improvisation innovante.

Louise enseigne une méthode unique qui aide les enfants à puiser dans leur propre créativité et à découvrir l'impact apaisant du rythme. Elle encourage et inspire chacun des participants à reproduire des rythmes traditionnels et a effectuer, des activités rythmiques, de la percussion corporelle, à la chanson en quatre langues (français, espagnole, anglais, français) en passant par la danse traditionnelle.

Cette séance stimulera votre créativité, votre ingéniosité et votre esprit de collaboration tout en vous permettant d’apprendre un modèle pour améliorer la réussite scolaire des élèves par le rythme.

Le plaisir et le défoulement sont garantis !

LES BIENFAITS DE CET ATELIER :

Des études spécifiques menées par des professionnels dans les domaines de la musicothérapie et de la santé mentale indiquent que le rythme réduit les tensions, le stress et l’anxiété, connecte les gens et favorise la collaboration. En outre, la transmission physique de l'énergie rythmique au cerveau synchronise l'hémisphère gauche et droit. Grâce à ces stimulations, les enfants auront de meilleurs résultats à l’école !

Le programme multiculturel de Malicounda complète la mission des enseignants du système d’éducation en l’Alberta. Grâce à leur participation à diverses activités rythmiques, les participants perfectionneront leurs aptitudes de leadership, stimuleront leur créativité, augmenteront leur concentration et leurs habiletés de travail d'équipe, qui favoriseront la collaboration et l’harmonie ; qualités essentielles à la réussite scolaire des élèves ! Les participants augmenteront leurs compétences en communication, car ils se rendront compte que, pour produire un ensemble harmonieux, ils doivent s’écouter et s’engager mutuellement afin d’atteindre la synchronicité, la coordination, la discipline et la concentration nécessaires à l'exécution d'une performance de groupe.

De leur participation à l’atelier, les enseignants tireront une riche expérience culturelle, des notions de percussion, de nouvelles chansons, une technique de facilitation, des idées de percussion corporelles et du matériel pédagogique adapté à chaque groupe d'âge qui stimuleront et enrichiront la vie des enfants !

Speakers
avatar for Louise Raymond

Louise Raymond

French Music Session/ Music, Malicounda Dance Company
Depuis plus de 25 ans, Malicounda touche la vie de milliers de personnes - enfants, adolescents, adultes et aînés - à un rythme soutenu. Louise voyage à l’échelle du Canada et des États-Unis dans le but d’inspirer des entreprises et des écoles à renforcer les liens entre... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

9:00am MST

The Pandemic Pulse: Rapid Research Evidence on COVID-19 Impacts Across Alberta K-12 Schools (45 min interactive session)
This session will share the key findings from a series of pandemic research activities conducted by the profession of teaching in Alberta in the Spring and Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. It will then open up small group discussions about what this tells us about the future of teaching and learning in Alberta, and what trends will begin to emerge in the months and years ahead in light of the emerging issues, forces and accelerating trends identified in the Association’s pandemic pulse research surveys. Resource: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/News%20Room/Issues/COVID-19/2020-School-Re-entry/Pages/Teacher-Pandemic-Pulse-Survey-Results--Fall-2020.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator - Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

Time Matters - Why knowing your assignment is important!
So, you discover you’ve reached 1200 hours of assigned duties in May. What next? Can you pack your bags and head to the lake?

There are limits in the collective agreement regarding how much work can be assigned to teachers. Check this session out to find out what counts for instruction, what is assignable and what are your "professional duties". Find out how to use the calculator to see how close you are to the maximums.

Now is a really good time to figure this out because no, you can’t just leave when you reach 1200 hours – any changes to your schedule should happen in the next few months to prevent you exceeding that limit.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher EmploymentServices (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2018.Anne-Marie holds a BA in International Relations, a BEd inElementary French Immersion and a MEd in EducationalTechnology for Schools, all from the University of Calgary... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

Dealing with Disaster: Religious Education and Questions about COVID-19 *PRE-RECORDED*
Sudden, confusing, and catastrophic events have struck throughout human history. The COVID-19 pandemic, the widest reaching disaster of our time that has caused significant disruption and suffering, raises some significant questions for Religious Educators such as, “How could God allow something like this to happen?” to “How did people in the Bible deal with pestilence and disaster?” This sessions provides suggestions for understanding pandemic and disease within a faith context while allowing students to reflect on their own experiences and concerns in light of how people within the biblical narrative confronted disease and disaster.
DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO BY CLICK HERE.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Preparing Students for Their Energy Future
We teach students about energy but creating a deep understanding is not easy. We use it everyday but we don't really understand it very well. We’ll show you how you can deliver on your curriculum while helping your students deepen their understanding of our evolving energy systems, compare the impacts of existing and emerging energy sources, and assess the benefits and costs of our energy choices on ourselves, our communities and our environment. This session will use simple technology to create real data for electricity use that will peak your students curiosity for them to use their investigative and critical thinking skills. You’ll ‘learn by doing’ some of our favourite curriculum-linked energy activities geared specifically for elementary students and review some key resources you can use in your classroom. This workshop targets Division I and II teachers. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to be able to access the internet.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 059

9:00am MST

Keeping History Alive
Talk will be on why Veterans Voices of Canada was begun,what we do throughout the year, future plans and why it is important to Canada and Canadians.  

Speakers
avatar for Al Cameron

Al Cameron

Founder/Executive Director, Veterans Voices of Canada
Born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I've been in Alberta since 2005. After career in television broadcast and video production, I followed my passion of honouring those who serve and founded Veterans Voices of Canada in 2005. We became non profit in 2008. Since then we've sat... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 054

9:00am MST

History Tellers / Conteurs d'Histoire - Canadian history in 90 seconds! *PRE-RECORDED*
History Tellers - Conteurs d'Histoire - Made Fun and Easy - Canadian history in 90 seconds!    
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THIS SESSION!

1. Actively engage in this pre-recorded session and you will learn 13 of 48 Cdn. history hand actions!  (Your coffee might get cold!)
2. Experience how a successful multi-sensory teaching works.  (It will be hard not to show-off your new skill just a bit to your colleagues, family and friends) 
3. Deb will walk you step-by-step on how to teach this method in your classroom.  (Grab your bored kids at home to have a fun learning experience with you!)
4. The professional drawings are captivating, the mnemonic devices will stick in your head and the simple hand actions will keep you moving! 
5. Recorded improvisations will tickle your funny bone and teacher testimonies will make you a believer of this pedagogy. 
6. Peek at costumes, props and classroom activities ... and bloopers will add a few sprinkles to this session.  
7. You'll likely not forget this session....so spread the word and begin to equip a generation to have fun learning Cdn. history!

 History Tellers is supplemental resource for Grade 5 & 7 Canadian history Social Studies, ELL and challenged learners.. and it’s available in French!


 Download the video by clicking here.



Speakers
avatar for Deb Kobza

Deb Kobza

History Tellers - Conteurs d'Histoire - Canadian History in 90 seconds!  - Made Fun and EasyWHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THIS SESSION:1. Actively engage in this pre-recorded session, and you will learn 13 out of 48 Canadian History hand-actions!2. Experience how a successful multi-sensory... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Teaching Art with no classroom, no budget and lots of students
The workshop shows teachers new ways to organize their classroom to accommodate supplies as well as the artwork done by students. It introduces different art techniques with special focus on three-dimensional media: clay, soapstone, and papier mâché.

Teachers will learn:
• how to begin an art programme
• how to organize their regular classroom, one medium at a time
• how to start small and build on what they have
• how to teach specific art techniques.

*zoom meeting available

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

Susan Carter Comic
Susan Carter holds a B.Ed. from the University of Regina and has taught in four provinces. In 1993 she decided to act upon a long-time dream of doing standup comedy – and was pleasantly surprised to find that people were willing to pay her for it! Her husband did all the housework... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 073

9:00am MST

Rising Strong™ After Setbacks*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
Representing Dr. Brené Brown’s latest research on vulnerability and shame, the Rising Strong™ workshop, will provide insights into:
• Rising after failure, disappointment, and loss, and the process for moving through them
• The physics of vulnerability and guidelines for rising after a fall
• How stories have power in your life to drive emotions, thoughts, and behaviours
• What it means to rumble with emotions like shame, guilt, anxiety, blame, accountability, resentment, grief, forgiveness, and perfectionism
• Emotional offloading strategies and how they move us away from our values
• Recognizing and capturing the stories we make up when faced with struggle
• Writing your own daring endings to tough stories
• Daring people fall. Own your story of falling to write your own bold ending.
This program is for anyone looking to rise from setbacks, losses and disappointments with greater courage in any area of their professional and personal life.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Knull

Kimberly Knull

Owner, Courageous Leadership
Kimberly Knull is a former teacher, Registered Psychologist, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the co-founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 072

9:00am MST

Expressive Handmade Books *PRE-RECORDED*
Limited Capacity seats available

You have a choice of how you would like to do this class. You can purchase the supplies and have them mailed no later than two weeks (Feb 5) prior to the conference.The supplies you will receive are all of the papers for all the book projects precut and prepainted ready for binding. The cost of the supplies is $28.50 including shipping. Alternatively you can bring your own supplies (click here to view) or just watch the video and do the project at a later date.
The handout for this class should be printed on an 11x17 piece of paper. 
Make sure to send an email including your name, home address and convention you are attending (CATCA) AND pay $28.50 by email transfer (password: CATCA2021) to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Artist
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist,calligrapher, and educator from Red Deer, Alberta. She believes the ritualistic practice of art not only nurtures the human spirit, it breaks down barriers and strengthens relationships.In her classes students are challenged to find their... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Fractions and Decimals: One Big Idea
Decimals and fractions are key areas of number sense needed for success in Math. We have to make sure we depict them as different symbolic representations of the same big idea.
We will look at:
- meaningful activities to promote a deep understanding of decimals and fractions
- decimals as an extension of our place value system and as fractions with special rules
- “unit fractions” and “unit decimals”
- common misconceptions about decimals and fractions
- four models we need kids to see and use.

Speakers
avatar for Keith van De Keere

Keith van De Keere

Numeracy Consultant
Keith is a strong advocate for continued improvement of math education. He sees numeracy as an essential part of all education discussions. He works primarily with K - 9 teachers where he facilitates workshops, assists lesson and unit planning, and does team teaching and lesson demos... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 071

10:45am MST

Math Facts Made Easy: Brain Codes *PRE-RECORDED*
Learn techniques to teach the times tables to children ages 7-11 years in hours instead of years. Using simple, fun stories with a foundation of advanced memory techniques that date back to ancient times, kids learn numbers unbelievably fast. These 'math stories' have been developed and refined over 25 years with thousands of kids and incredible results. Even young children with special needs or learning disabilities can memorize the multiplication tables quickly and learn to love math. Most struggle with basic math and as a result don't like or even hate math. Every concept like geometry, fractions or algebra depends on a solid foundation of math facts. By teaching kids fast ways to solve simple multiplication questions, you free up their mind to focus on what really important. When you can do it in an easy and fun way that taps into their imagination and emotions, you rekindle a love of math that should be the right of every child.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 11:00am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Education Reform: Hacking Assessment and Evaluation (Breakout)
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2012, Brian and his colleagues decided to try a new approach to teaching and learning. Just feedback, no grades. With the exception of report cards, students were never given numerical values over the course of their school year. Not only did engagement increase, but so did student interest, curiosity and learning. Let Brian share the ups and downs of going graceless as well as how you can start in your school today!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Aspinall

Brian Aspinall

Brian is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

10:45am MST

Braiding for beginners: The techniques of braiding to ensure success *PRE-RECORDED*
Everybody wears braids! Teaching large size classes, time constraints and a diverse group of students from grades 7-12 how do we ensure every student is successful? Whether you’re a teacher in the classroom or wanting to learn for yourself, this session will guide you step by step on how to complete a Dutch and French braid.

Speakers
CR

Cindy Renner-Jones

Cindy Renner-Jones is a Red Seal Certified hairdresser teaching grades 7-12 Cosmetology at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  She graduated from the Festival School of Hairstyling in Stratford Ontario and went on to open a hair salon for 16 years. During that... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Bring Agriculture to Life in the Classroom!
As the Alberta representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, it is our mission to help Albertans understand the incredible depth and opportunity that agriculture affords. We work with various stakeholders including corporations, not-for-profits, farmers, ranchers, educators and government, who are passionate about agriculture and rural and farm safety education. Through the delivery of high-quality educational programming and resources, we are committed to sharing agriculture’s story, providing accurate and balanced information that meets K-12 curricula, showcasing and supporting Alberta farms, farm families and our rural roots. Some of the programs we provide include Education Symposium events, Student Innovation Challenges, Nourishing Minds learning kits, career exploration resources, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Agriculture in the Classroom Alberta

Agriculture in the Classroom Alberta

Nancy Kelner, Education Program Manager, Agriculture for Life Inc.
Agriculture for Life, Alberta chapter for Agriculture in the Classroom CanadaAs the Alberta representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, it is our mission to help Albertans understand the incredible depth and opportunity that agriculture affords. We work with various stakeholders... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

10:45am MST

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Educators
What do we mean by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning? What are the potential impacts on education and society, and how do we talk to students about all of this? In this (session or panel discussion) we will explore these topics and introduce participants to the potentials and pitfalls of AI and related technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Data Scientist, Callysto
Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk is a Callysto data scientist and holds a mathematics degree from Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s experienced in creating in-person and online data science lessons for Grades 5-12 students and teachers that spark creativity... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

10:45am MST

Students with Scars: Understanding Self Injury
The reality of the pain and struggles that many of our students experience is becoming more apparent, and unfortunately the coping strategy of "self-harm" is becoming more common. There is a lot of fear, misunderstanding, myth, judgement and confusion surrounding why and how students self-injure and we are left wondering how best to react (or not?) and support them as they cope. This session will provide some insight into the reasons students self-harm, the various forms this behavior can take, and the best strategies for prevention and support through both their physical and emotional healing.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

10:45am MST

Dialogue in the classroom and in your team: Identifying and breaking through texting thought and language
How are you today? Good. Do you have any questions? No. What do you notice? Nothing. What do you think about this? It’s cool. Does anyone have any ideas? No.
We have come to a point in our lives when the crown of human creativity, that of collaboration and connection, has been reduced to simple, surface answers that lead to simple, surface answers. A colleague and I spent all of last year exploring how students were not able to dialogue with each other. Not just talk, but engage in meaningful conversations. This was our focus for the year. What we realized we had to focus on was surprising. Come to share frustrations, hear stories, ask questions, to listen, and to end up in a place we never set out to find. We will never plan our year the same way again.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

10:45am MST

Innovative Assessment in Middle School *PRE-RECORDED*
The 21st Century has brought multiple waves of innovation and world challenges into the classroom all at once. Learn about the multiple waves and how Albertan teachers can best prepare and share this information with their students. This session will focus on five steps that have been designed and proven to challenge students to exceed expectations and better prepare them for high school and the 21-century workforce.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his concept-based and project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Numeracy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Exploring Math Concepts Through Fun Outdoor Activities
What do numeracy, well-being and the outdoors have to do with each other? Everything! Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of numeracy skills. Whether you’re teaching basic operations, estimation, magnitude, measurement, patterns, shapes, or space, it’s more fun and meaningful to do this outside where students will naturally be happier and more engaged. We’ll also explore how Indigenous perspectives and outdoor learning can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and Mother Earth. Join us for this hands-on session where we’ll have fun demonstrating activities and expanding your learning environments. Weather and venue permitting, this session may be held outside so please dress appropriately.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 059

10:45am MST

FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery kits
FIELD Kit Workshop - Adaptations:
- During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the Adaptation program entails.
- The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, what are FIELD Kits, and then hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Adaptations FIELD Kit will run in a classroom. The conclusion of the workshop will focus on questions and discussions.
- Printed material will not be provided to reduce waste, but business cards will be accessible to obtain more programs and contact information.
- You will not need any special materials. However, your participation will be most appreciated.

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, fieldkits.ca
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

10:45am MST

Créons des créatures—favoriser la pensée créatrice dans votre école
Le milieu de l’éducation a pris un virage marqué vers l’enquête et les occasions d’apprentissage pratique et exploratoire. La tendance aux espaces créateurs s’inscrit dans une volonté de faire vivre ces approches. Cet atelier fournit des renseignements d’ordre général au sujet des espaces créateurs et du mouvement créatif, tout en incitant les enseignants à s’impliquer en y ouvrant leur salle de classe.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Felicitas

Nicole Felicitas

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nicole has been an ATA PD Instructor for three years and has joined a small group of Instructors whose main focus is to provide PD on Applying Foundational Knowledge About First Nations, Metis and Inuit. She recently moved back to her hometown of Edmonton to teach gr.5 French Immersion... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

10:45am MST

Beginner Soap Making
My kitchen has become my laboratory. Not just for making food, but for using natural ingredients to make soap.
Your skin is your largest organ and using products with chemicals, has these toxins go into your body through your skin.
Soap can be make without all the chemicals. The natural process makes glycerin….your skin likes glycerin!
Soap making can be simple and I find that people with skin issues such as dry skin, eczema find relief with all natural soap.
During this session I will demonstrate how to make a batch of soap.
I will be discussing ingredients that we use in making soap, safety protocols, terminology used in soap making and will share a recipe.

Speakers
avatar for Dee Stokoe

Dee Stokoe

I have taught in Red Deer for most of my career as a Foods and Fashion teacher. I consider my kitchen my laboratory for making healthy nutritious food as well as all natural products such as soap, salves, shower steamers. I have led workshops with people in the community sharing what... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 068

10:45am MST

Giving Yourself GRACE while Teaching During a Pandemic *PRE-RECORDED*
As a 2 time cancer survivor I had to adjust my days and incorporate some simple steps in order to make it through the day as I headed back to work. Little did I know how much I would lean on these during our current pandemic and unknowns I lean on these small rituals I created for myself even more. Discover how taking time to care for yourself during the day will support your health as well as the health of your students during this virtual session.

Speakers
MC

Mary-Sue Cowell

I’m Mary-Sue; a woman with dreams and ambition. On top of being mother to an amazing human, a wife, a friend to many, a daughter and a sister, I am also a diverse learning teacher and certified personal trainer. Teaching is a hard profession and I believe that we do not give ourselves... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

How Not to Eat your Words
“You look so great, you must have lost weight.”
“No, no thanks, I don’t need cake. I’m being good.”
“I have to work out tonight. I ate so bad today.”

This session will give you a brief introduction into how our language as educators can influence our students’ relationships with food for years to come. Sometimes our best intentions around food can have negative impacts on ourselves and our youth. Join us to discuss and learn strategies on supporting healthy body image and making peace with food.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Slipp

Katherine Slipp

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Katherine Slipp is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. Currently working in Public Health covering Red Deer Public and areas west of Sylvan Lake. Previous work experience includes chronic disease management in RMH, Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nations, as well as Homecare... Read More →
avatar for Carly Armstrong

Carly Armstrong

Alberta Health Services
Carly is a Dietetic Intern working in the Central Zone. She is passionate about food and nutrition and wants to help make healthy eating practical and enjoyable for all!
avatar for Lauren Jewkes

Lauren Jewkes

Alberta Health Services
Lauren is a Dietetic Intern working in Central Alberta. She is passionate about helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, including eating a variety of foods they enjoy without guilt.


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

10:45am MST

How to Get More Energy (without caffeine!)
Have you ever wished you had more energy… maybe around 1:00pm (or 8:00am or 7:00pm) when your body is crying out for its caffeine fix or a nice comfy couch and a mindless show? What if you learned how to create your own energy instead of riding the highs and lows that dictate your life and keep you stuck?

Attend this session to learn how to transform your life with the Energy Codes. You’ll learn how to activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body, empower your hidden potential, and become one with your true self.

Sounds a bit out-there? Not to worry. It’s grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics. You’ll discover how to awaken your true health, eliminate pain, master your emotions and activate so much energy that it overflows. Free yourself from the roller coaster and become the true master of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 080

10:45am MST

Rock Solid Immunity: A Holistic Approach To Supporting A Healthy Immune System
There are three basic lines of defense when it comes to fighting illness or disease. The first line is avoidance, the second is a strong immune system, and the third is reduction of symptoms. The first two categories illustrate prevention, stopping the illness before it can cause harm to the body. The last category is dedicated to treatment that may reduce the severity or duration of symptoms resulting from the disease. Rock Solid Immunity focusses on the first two lines of defense and how you can incorporate a holistic approach to improve the health of your immune system, and decrease your susceptibility to illness.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Gefle

Mandy Gefle

Program Director, Pura Vida Nutrition
Mandy Gefle, BScN, RN, LHNP. #1 Best Selling Co-Author.Mandy specializes in helping clients who struggle with adrenal fatigue, and burnout associated with chronic stress. Related symptoms have a major impact on those who suffer; both professionally, and personally. Mandy realized... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 058

10:45am MST

Building Resilience with Self-Compassion *PRE-RECORDED*
Society encourages people to be hard on themselves and be their biggest critic. Perceived ‘bad performance/behaviour’ can quickly take students down and make it hard to get back up again. Beating themselves up won’t motivate them or make them more successful. Learn five simple ways to help students develop self-compassion so they feel good about themselves. Bounce back from difficult situations easily and quickly. Value themselves. Be happier.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

Self-Care for Sanity, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as, "The Feel Good Lady." This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

“But What Are We Going To Do?”: Ensuring Effective Collaborative Team Meetings *PRE-RECORDED*
Collaborative team meetings, focusing on the emerging needs of students, are at the heart of a school’s Collaborative Response. But how do we ensure that these team meetings are purposeful, efficient and truly moving towards collective action for students? In this session, Kurtis will break down best practices to consider when engaging in collaborative team meetings, as well as share multiple school samples and artifacts. This session is intended for schools already refining the tenets of Collaborative Response or interested in learning more about the school-wide framework.

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Secondary Students
The Alberta Teacher Quality Standard calls on teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop a knowledge and understanding of, and respect for Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. The study of environmental sustainability, which can be linked to the curriculum across all subjects and subject areas, offers a wonderful opportunity to do just this. If this idea sounds interesting to you but also fills you with trepidation, then this workshop is for you.

In this session, we’ll demonstrate how you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems but rather, a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic Indigenous resources, we’ll show you how you can deliver on the curriculum in a way that encourages deep learning around the concepts of connectedness, reciprocity with Mother Earth, and the seven sacred teachings. This workshop will target specifically Division III and IV teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD), it's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 064

10:45am MST

Tipi Teachings and Balanced Living *PRE-RECORDED*
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in the setting up of a full size tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Staying in It: Showing Up Wholeheartedly in Our Lives
How do you find the strength and courage to “stay in it wholeheartedly” when life is constantly presenting you with new challenges? How do you stay connected to the bigger picture so you can create the positive impacts you wish to make? Part concert, part keynote — Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz draws on his experience of surviving and thriving in the music industry to motivate attendees to stay on their path wholeheartedly, while also being open to change and embracing the unexpected along the way. Through his powerful songs and stories, Peter pulls attendees in and leaves them inspired to show up with purpose every day. Audiences will learn: That we don’t always know the impact we have in the world, and why it matters how we show up everyday. How to feel more connected to the bigger picture of what they’re actually contributing towards beyond day-to-day challenges. How to nurture meaningful connections.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Katz

Peter Katz

Peter Katz is a JUNO Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally, sharing the stage and studio with legendary musicians and releasing five albums. A gifted storyteller, Katz infuses his presentations with songs... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Webinar 1000-4

10:45am MST

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
This talk explores Jesse’s riveting personal journey which has captivated endless audiences in his book, From the Ashes. He reflects on his story, one that recounts trauma, addiction, and homelessness. Through his remarks, audiences will learn a deeper story of hope and resilience, one that will impact them deeply. This will be the same talk that will be done during Session 4 (2:15-3:30).

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Currently, he is working on theories of the intergenerational and historical trauma of the Métis people. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

10:45am MST

Poetry Expedition - A Student Portfolio Approach to Teaching Poetry
This session focuses on using a student portfolio approach to teaching poetry using the theme of a Poetry Expedition. Students will be taken on a poetry expedition. They will be given “Navigational Tools” to appreciate and understand many forms of poetry. They are given “Specimens” of poems to use as references when they begin searching for their own specimens of poems. Here they will learn about common poetry types. Next, they will receive “Navigational Techniques” to help them select and organize appropriate specimens of poetry. Here they will learn about analyzing poetry and decoding words, ideas, imagery, and styles and patterns as well creating a bibliography of their found specimens. At last, students will be off on their Navigator’s Trek Poetry Portfolio Trip where they will use 21st century learning to discover their own specimens; prepare their specimens for a portfolio by responding to reflective questions for each specimen; create relevant graphics/art for each poem specimen; assemble their portfolio’s and finally present their portfolios. In addition to this, each student will author a poem of a format of their choice. These authored poems will be presented during a Poetry Reading class for the final class(es) of the program.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

10:45am MST

Congo for the Taking… (Part 2) ‘Independence’ to The Congo Wars
This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from ‘Independence’ to the ongoing Congo Wars. Topics include - Lumumba’s assassination, Hammarskjold’s death, Katangan succession, Mobutu’s rise, The Rwandan Genocide, Kagame’s rise and Rwanda/Uganda’s invasion of Congo (5 million deaths). It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or by the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold to the present and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths including our ‘Peacekeeping’ missions … “What redeems it is the idea only” (Conrad). Boutros-Ghali and others describe how UN Peacekeepers were misused by our Anglo-American Alliance for control in Congo and Rwanda. We also explore the implications of this history for Social Studies Curricula.

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

10:45am MST

Teaching Fractions with Maths — No Problem! *PRE-RECORDED*
Gain an understanding of how students can develop both relational fluency and
comprehension with fractions. Learn how to introduce fractions in the classroom using the
Maths — No Problem! step-by-step progression. Discover core concepts and strategies that
help children develop a clear understanding of equal parts and equivalence, and why
grasping these concepts is integral for both teachers and students. Leave with a solid
understanding of fraction naming and notation, and how teaching fractions in key phases
gives students a strong foundation for tackling concepts related to fractions.

Speakers
AG

Adam Gifford

Maths No Problem
MNP Lead Trainer Adam worked as a primary school headteacher, where he oversaw the school’s involvement with the National Math Project using Maths — No Problem! materials. He is Maths Recovery trained, and was the first Primary Maths Specialist Leader in Education within the United... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Rocking Music Reading *PRE-RECORDED*
Spice up your “Every Good Boy Does Fine” with innovative ideas for learning, reinforcing, and assessing music note reading. Joyce will introduce you to a number of games and playing activities to make note learning and reading fun, fun, fun! Strategies for teaching during times of COVID-19 may be included.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Neuromuscular training for PE and sport: Evidence-based programs to support continued activity participation
Join us for this active session as we learn how we can modify evidence-based neuromuscular training programs into warm-ups, workouts, or physically-distanced PE activities. Traditionally used as training sessions and warm-ups in sport, we can adapt these programs to fit the school PE and sport context to help our students develop movement skills, improve fitness, and prevent injuries. Participants will leave a plan of how they can incorporate this content into their PE class on Monday morning or at their next coaching session, and will receive resources to help support delivery.

HERE ARE THE HANDOUTS FOR THIS SESSION

Speakers
CV

Carla van den Berg

Sports Injury Prevention Research Clinic, UofC
Carla is a Knowledge Broker with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, and works to deliver neuromuscular training warm-up programs to prevent lower extremity injuries... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 054

10:45am MST

Forecasting the Future & Identifying Four Strong Forces of Change for Society (45 min interactive session)
Societies around the world are in the midst of a period of change and transformation unlike any other time over the last 100 years. In this conversation, Dr. McRae will highlight four significant trends (a return of walls, environmental sustainability, automation and digital networks, and artificial intelligence in education) that will change the landscape of schools around the world over the next two decades. This interactive conversation will also discuss new research in small groups from a partnership with Harvard Medical School and Sesame Workshop on the world’s largest study of technology, health and learning and how digital technologies are actively (re)shaping our societies. Most importantly, Dr. Phil will share advice on how we might all achieve a fine balance in a rapidly changing and digitally saturated world. Resource: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Publications/Alberta's-Education-System/Changing%20Landscape%202020-2040%20Final%20Document.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator - Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

10:45am MST

Assessment Meets the “New Normal” *PRE-RECORDED*
At the risk of understating our new reality, a lot has changed since the last time we met for Teachers’ Convention! How do all these changes impact the ways in which we use assessment to support the learning of our students? Come to this session to take part in some thought-provoking discussion and gain insight into how to get the most from assessment in today’s classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

The Dark Side of the Force and the Problem of Evil *PRE-RECORDED*
This session examines a central conundrum in theology, the problem of evil, by putting voices from classical theism into dialogue with the ideas in play in George Lucas's world of Star Wars. Specific attention is given to the Dark Side of the Force and how it sheds light on articulating distinctions between good and evil. Put another way, we consider how St. Augustine would understand Darth Vader and the Sith in particular and Lucas’s vision of the Force, the Dark Side, and good and evil in general.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Creating Pathways of Hope: Using Design Thinking to Develop Life Promoting Cultures Within School Systems
This session will offer an overview of our recently developed planning tool, offering guidance in designing suicide prevention and life promotion plans that enhance existing mental health and crisis initiatives already in place, while comprehensively including national and provincial research and best practices. Designed to be used with jurisdictional teams including community partners, Creating Pathways of Hope will guide your working team through a design thinking process to support identification and action planning.

While the target audience for this toolkit is at the system level, school leaders and administrators would benefit from understanding the process as it could be adapted for school level use.

Creating Pathways of Hope was developed through a grant from Alberta Children’s Services.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Kraig

Charlie Kraig

Designer of Professional Learning, Learning Network Educational Services
Charlie Kraig is an educator with teaching and administrative experience who designs professional learning opportunities for Learning Network Educational Services (part of ARPDC). She is a passionate instructional leader who takes pride in helping others to improve their teaching... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

10:45am MST

Keeping the Doors Open
This session is designed for anyone who is concerned about school closure due to decreased enrollment. During this interactive presentation we will discuss key questions, including: "Who should you engage?", "What makes your school unique?", "How do you brag about your brand?", and others. Declining enrollment is a challenge that both urban and rural schools face. Participants is this session will come away with strategies that can be implemented immediately to help encourage growth in student enrollment.

Speakers
avatar for Les Worthington

Les Worthington

Principal, Wabamun School
I'm in my eighteenth year of teaching, and tenth as a principal. I've worked in Fort Vermilion School Division, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and am currently with Parkland School Division. I spent my first 8 years teaching grades 1-6 before becoming principal of Entwistle... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

10:45am MST

Historical Thinking: It’s not just about teaching history *PRE-RECORDED*
Recently I was able to attend the Historical Thinking Institute where I was reminded of concepts I already knew but had forgotten. So, I wanted to share those insights with you to possibly remind you of something you had considered previously, and help enhance your ability to get students to engage with the past. And more importantly for most teachers when attending a PD session, I will share some of the activities I have been able to use in my classroom 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 →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Create and Share Presentations and Demos*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
Presenting information in compelling ways is even more important when you’re not able to be face-to-face with your students. In this session we’ll show you how to use the built-in features in iPad to create demos and instructional videos and share them with your colleagues and students. Using Keynote, or any presentation tool, you’ll learn how to record content and create demos on iPad for use with your students. *THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
avatar for Chad Mowbray

Chad Mowbray

Distinguished Educator/ Create and Share Presentations, Apple
Chad is a Principal of Curriculum, Innovation and Technology for District School Board Ontario North East.He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator. As a system principal, Chad supports 750 teachers fromK to 12 in adopting innovative teaching and learning practices from design thinking... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

10:45am MST

Teaching for Play when Kids Are Learning At Home
As an educational psychologist devoted to fostering biologically respectful development for children, I am concerned that we might stop playing during COVID. I would like to encourage and more importantly show you how you can teach and invite kids and parents to play if they are stuck at home. This will be practical. You will have some things you can try on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Mireau

Vincent Mireau

Teacher & Counselling Psychologist
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:45am - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 070

12:30pm MST

COVID-19: Helping Your Students Cope
Let’s boost the resiliency of students in our classrooms! 
Each person will experience this pandemic in very different ways.   Mental health is an essential component of personal well-being. Join our panelists as they discuss coping skills, balance and resiliency which can serve us well through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Their insights and tips will support both your and your student’s mental health and overall well-being.

Paneists include: Brian Madill (Coordinator – Student Services, Red Deer Public Schools), Jodie Mattia (Director of Support Services, Wetaskiwin Regional Schools) and Katherine Jarrell (Alberta Lead, Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project)

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Muise

Lorna Muise

Team Lead - Health Promotion, Alberta Health Services
Lorna Muise and the Alberta Health Services Central Zone Health Promotion Team supports school authorities and communities across the region in creating healthy environments where we "live, learn, work and play".
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Brian Madill

Brian Madill is the wellness lead for Red Deer Public Schools.



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 054

12:30pm MST

Addressing Vulnerabilities in the Early Years: How Can We Help Our Children Thrive?  *PRE-RECORDED*
Developmental identification tools such as the EYE serve to identify gaps in our children’s physical, mental, emotional, social, and cognitive growth and development. But what steps and strategies can help close those gaps so that every child has a chance to thrive in school and beyond? This interactive session will delve into evidence-based, classroom-tested strategies that address children’s vulnerabilities in each of the five domains typically used to assess child development. Come see how you can introduce fun, easy, purposeful activities to support your children’s identified strengths and areas of need. Then go back to your classrooms with some nifty takeaway materials and lots of new ideas!

Speakers
DP

Debbie Philipenko

Debbie Philipenko is an educator with over 30 years experience. She has been a Grade 1 teacher most of her career and was also an instructional consultant and vice principal for Saskatoon Public Schools. Debbie is now retired and has returned to Nelson to continue her passion of providing... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Developing Curious Math Learners in Kindergarten and Grade 1 *PRE-RECORDED*
The use of Provocations in mathematics can spark interest, create wonder and inspire deeper thinking about important math concepts. Whether play or activity-based, Provocations encourage children to build understanding and share their learning with others.

In this session:

Learn how to structure the learning environment to support effective Provocations

Unpack misconceptions about play-based learning

Explore the role of a Math Talk in developing problem-solving strategies

Speakers
avatar for Chris Zarski

Chris Zarski

Director, STAR Catholic
Chris Zarski has been an educator for over 40 years, and has served as a teacher, principal, supervisor and director and Examiner for Alberta Education.  Currently Chris is the Director of Instruction and Staff Development for STAR Catholic Schools. Chris has led numerous districtwide... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Learning Through the Senses in the Concept-Based Science Classroom *PRE-RECORDED*
Concept-based learning does not begin with big, abstract ideas – it starts with students experiencing new and exciting things with their hands, eyes, ears, and minds! In this seminar, teachers will explore fun and interactive strategies for building concept-based science classrooms. We will work together to connect a variety of building blocks for student experience – including print and digital text, field study ideas, experiments, multimedia stations, and games – to curriculum expectations and concepts. Participants will leave the workshop with a useful toolkit of lesson plan ideas and activity prompts.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO

Speakers
NB

Nancy Bromley

Nancy is Assistant Principal at St. Richard school, association instructor for the Alberta Teacher's Association, as well as a counsellor and inspirational speaker. She has been an educator for almost 30 years and her claim to fame is that she has taught every grade something, from... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Top Ten Things to Consider: Assessment within a Concept-based Curriculum *PRE-RECORDED*
As teachers and students across Alberta begin to make the shift to a concept-based curriculum, how do we adjust our classroom assessment practices? While our core beliefs about assessment haven’t changed, AAC has some timely and helpful advice on how small changes can ensure your assessment aligns with the vision of the new curriculum!
Download the video by CLICKING HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Engaging and Assessing Students Through Video - Methods, Hardware and Software. *PRE-RECORDED*
Within the classroom or online, synchronously or asynchronously, video can allow you to engage, instruct and assess your students in engaging, meaningful, & rigorous ways. Let Christine and Phil guide you through using a variety of methods to effectively use video within your class. In addition to how to incorporate this into your class, hardware and software options will be demonstrated. Lights, Camera, Action.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO

Speakers
avatar for Philip Scott

Philip Scott

Engaging and Assessing Students Through Video, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Philip Scott has been teaching over 20 years now. His current position as a consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools focusing on CTF/CTS and Assessment/Reporting allows him to support teachers in a variety of areas. Originally trained to be a high school physics, chemistry and math... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Using Cultural Intelligence in the Classroom Part 1 *PRE-RECORDED*
How to bring the different cultures and learning styles represented by the students in the classroom to a common denominator so that everybody gets involved in the learning process? This is THE question teachers need to answer before they start adapting their teaching to a culturally diverse group. In the world of globalism and multiculturalism, learning to adapt to the different backgrounds of your learners is a remarkable effort, yet a rewarding job when done properly.

Based on the most recent research and using her extensive personal experience, Maria will provide tips and ideas on cultural knowledge, mindfulness and cross-cultural skills and communication strategies across cultures that will enhance your understanding of today’s Global Village – Planet Earth.

This is a two part session: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, on February 18.  Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2, so make sure you register for both.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

MD Millar Publishing
An experienced teacher and trainer, Maria has been running MD Millar Publishing, her own Calgary publishing and editing company, since 2013. Maria has worked in the settlement and immigration sector for 16 years in various capacities and for the past 11 years, she has provided PD... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

How to teach humour for stress relief, life skills and fun
This workshop is an informative and interactive session discussing the place of humour in your classroom. Susan has “lived” humour in her own classroom and has developed actual humour lessons suitable for the grade eight (and up) level. She will discuss how humour works in the classroom and how to solve and resolve problems through humour. This will spill over to the staffroom as well.
After participating in this workshop, teachers will:
• Be able to discuss humour with their students
• Teach a unit about humour to Grade eight (and up) students
• Encourage students to bring out their “inner comic” by developing a funny story about themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

Susan Carter Comic
Susan Carter holds a B.Ed. from the University of Regina and has taught in four provinces. In 1993 she decided to act upon a long-time dream of doing standup comedy – and was pleasantly surprised to find that people were willing to pay her for it! Her husband did all the housework... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

12:30pm MST

Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Fun with Words in the Outdoors
Whether your schoolyard resembles a nature paradise or a concrete jungle, it can be an endless source of inspiration and wonder for your students. In this engaging session, we’ll show you how outdoor learning can boost your students’ literacy skills by helping them make meaning of words and unleashing their creative minds as they explore and express what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel. We’ll also explore how Indigenous perspectives and outdoor learning can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and Mother Earth. In these uncertain times, Chief Joe Pierre of the Ktunaxa Nation reminds us, “Everyone’s heart is aching for human contact. Find that contact with our nature family. Children don’t need to social distance from trees, bushes, grass and dirt. They can hug trees and shake hands with the dirt, with nature”. Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session outside so please dress appropriately.
*THIS SESSION GOT PARTIALLY RECORDED DUE TO BREAKOUT ROOMS*

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 059

12:30pm MST

FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery kits
FIELD Kit Workshop
- During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the Life Cycle program entails.
- The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, what are FIELD Kits, and then hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Life Cycle FIELD Kit will run in a classroom. The conclusion of the workshop will focus on questions and discussions.
- Printed material will not be provided to reduce waste, but business cards will be accessible to obtain more programs and contact information.
- You will not need any special materials. However, your participation will be most appreciated

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, fieldkits.ca
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

12:30pm MST

Let's Get Climate Active! - Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Education and Action
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face. Research shows that engaging with this challenging topic - rather than avoiding it - is the best way to replace fear with curiosity and instill hope for the future. Whether you teach grade 1 or grade 6, understanding what climate change means for you and your students provides a rich, real, and authentic opportunity to develop understanding around core concepts like connectedness, systems, wellness, citizenship, or change. In this highly engaging session, we will demonstrate how to explore the topic of climate change with younger students in an age-appropriate manner, identify curriculum connections, highlight quality resources - and most importantly, show you how to engage your students in meaningful and positive actions that give them hope for the future. This workshop is designed specifically for Division I and Division II teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD), it's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 064

12:30pm MST

Des stratégies pour mieux engager les élèves en salle de classe *PRE-RECORDED*
Il y a une variété des élèves en salle de classe, mais est-ce que vos élèves sont engagés dans leurs apprentissages? Venir à cette session pour apprendre au sujet d'apprentissage par les concepts et comment l'utiliser pour encourager les élèves d'apprendre d'une façon plus efficace. Des stratégies d'enseignement, appuyées par la recherche, seront introduites.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Sénéchal

Megan Sénéchal

French/Student Engagement, EPSB Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Resilience is an Action Word *PRE-RECORDED*
What practical ways can we respond to life’s adversity that goes beyond the classic cliché’s of “focus on the positive,” and “Life is what you make of it?” These basic principals may be well-intended, but they fail to provide us with practical strategies that are crucial in turning a victim into an achiever and a follower into a leader. Understanding how emotions are made in the brain is the first step in learning feasible strategies we can use to change negative thinking habits that lead to emotional distress such as depression and anxiety. Attendees of this workshop will walk away with, easy to grasp techniques for both adults and youth, to self manage and discern the difference between healthy emotion that gives meaning to life and unhealthy emotional habits that often lead to destructive behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Levi Stanford

Levi Stanford

Resilience is an Action Word, Levi Stanford
Levi Stanford was involved in an accident only five days after being married to his beautiful wife which not only led to the amputation of his left hand but also left him fighting for his life. Waking up from an induced coma, Levi was filled with immense gratitude for having a second... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

The Best Daily Self-Care Practices for Increased Vitality, Overflowing Energy and Sky-High Immunity
If you’re like most crazy-busy educators, when it comes to finding time for self-care, you cross your fingers and hope that cramming it all into summer holidays is enough (well… maybe in August when your adrenaline levels finally start to decrease).

Newsflash: that’s not going to work out. Uncross your fingers, and come to this session with Self-Care Expert, Christina Marlett, where you’ll learn 3 simple but effective self-care practices that have the highest impact on your health, energy and immunity. Even better, you’ll learn how to fit them into your day, no matter how little time you think you have.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

12:30pm MST

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Schools
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.


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:30pm MST

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way(Breakout-Q&A Session)
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be a Q&A session where the audience will have the opportunity to talk to Jesse regarding his riveting personal journey which has captivated endless audiences in his book, From the Ashes. He reflects on his story, one that recounts trauma, addiction, and homelessness. Through his remarks, audiences will learn a deeper story of hope and resilience, one that will impact them deeply. This will be the same talk that will be done during Session 1 (9:00-10:15).

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Currently, he is working on theories of the intergenerational and historical trauma of the Métis people. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

12:30pm MST

Hacking The Classroom
Brian is an educator on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science. In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future utilizing 21st Century Competencies.This presentation will explore the use of digital tools to engage learners, build Knowledge Construction and revisit the pedagogical history of Jean Piaget's Constructivist Learning Theory. By enabling the "maker" in all of us, assessment and evaluation becomes immediate, effective and ongoing using digital technologies to communicate thinking with staff, students and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Aspinall

Brian Aspinall

Brian is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Webinar 1000-4

12:30pm MST

After Disruption: What Comes Next
For years we’ve studied and praised leaders who “think different” and disruptive innovators who “move fast and break things”. But the world is finally contending with the dark side of disruption!As a startup entrepreneur and a news journalist, Jesse Brown has a unique perspective on the shift taking place in our industries and institutions — the race is on to create workplace cultures where everyone is empowered. Collaboration, compassion, humility, and patience are now taking equal space with dynamism, rule-breaking, and relentlessness.Using personal stories, humour, and real-world examples, Brown leaves audiences with tangible tips on how to stay ahead of the shifting currents and create cultures where everyone is excited to show up for work each day.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown

What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the challenging shifts ahead... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

12:30pm MST

Reading Comprehension Success Grades 10-12
This workshop will provide ELA teachers with a pathway of how to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments as well as ease the stress and anxiety students often experience when faced with writing these assessments. The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details; Interpret Text Organization; Associate Meaning; Make Connections; Evaluate. During this session teachers will unpack each reading comprehension skill and understand the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill; review assessment questions which are aligned to each skill; understand and practise aligning assessment questions to each skill; and write assessment questions that assess each skill.


Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

12:30pm MST

Solving Word Problems with Maths — No Problem! *PRE-RECORDED*
In this talk, teachers will discover the steps and strategies required to develop powerful
problem-solving skills in students. Gain insight into why well-developed problem-solving
skills are a mainstay of the Maths — No problem! approach, and how they foster resilience
and confidence in all students. Learn go-to problem-solving strategies like bar modelling
and number bonds as they relate to solving word problems, and how these tools help
students develop exploratory, adaptive mindsets. Leave with practical classroom strategies
that empower students to think flexibly and tackle tough word problems with confidence.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO

Speakers
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Adam Gifford

Maths No Problem
MNP Lead Trainer Adam worked as a primary school headteacher, where he oversaw the school’s involvement with the National Math Project using Maths — No Problem! materials. He is Maths Recovery trained, and was the first Primary Maths Specialist Leader in Education within the United... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Teaching Statistics in Math and Science with Code
An understanding of statistics is becoming increasingly important in our world, and as math and science teachers we have an opportunity to develop student competencies in this area. We'll look at ways to incorporate statistics and data analytics into curricular outcomes, explore available resources, and talk about how you and your students can analyse data with Python in Jupyter notebooks (for free) through the federally-funded Callysto project.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by competing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending one our sessions!

You can preview the slides for the talk by opening this link to a Jupyter notebook: https://tinyurl.com/callysto-catca-1

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lamoureux

Michael Lamoureux

Callysto Ambassador, Callysto
Dr. Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lamoureux is keenly interested in the use of technology for teaching and research, and has developed courses in industrial mathematics and complex analysis using Jupyter notebooks.


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

12:30pm MST

Let’s Sing! Vocal Warmups and Energizers *PRE-RECORDED*
Learn fun and engaging activities for helping children to find their “head” voice. Be ready to participate in games, visuals, movement ideas, choral warm-ups and shakeups to get all your students warmed up and singing beautifully, including ideas for your most reluctant singers!

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

The Psalms, Air Pods, and God *PRE-RECORDED*
Ever wonder what music is streaming in the ear buds of your students? Often woven into the cacophony of bass and treble are profound existential themes that speak to the hearts of listeners. Within the Bible’s book of Psalms, we also find a collection of song lyrics that grapple with deep questions of the soul. This talk explores the structure and themes of the Psalms, draws connections to parallel themes in contemporary music, and provides educators with suggestions for engaging both student interest and curricular outcomes in Religious Education.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Handball in a Day!
WHY HANDBALL you may ask... Well, it is a great invasion game that has the potential to build team work quickly among all skill levels, introduce new motor patterns to challenge your top athletes, and the opportunity to build complex strategy while playing. This is an active session and you will be playing the game (or online I will be demonstrating all of the phases of the progression). In the time we have we will cover a full progression through the skills, accompanying games (like handball dodgeball... so much fun), and the game play progression to supercharge the speed and team work of your class. One of my favourite accelerated scope and sequences I have been using for years. Get to the games and teach from there is the name of this progression. Once you know the 1/10th scan, the fun begins!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

12:30pm MST

Occupational Health & Safety - Back to a Safe and Healthy Future
This session provides an overview of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Alberta and reviews the responsibilities work site parties, including teachers and school leaders, have under that legislation. The workshop will review the important rights of teachers and school leaders, including the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse unsafe work and will review the steps that should be followed when there are concerns that working conditions are unsafe.

Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij, PhD

Konni deGoeij, PhD

Associate Coordinator, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as schoolteacher, school based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Alberta. Konni joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association as an executive staff officer in the Member Services program area in 2004 and in 2006 became the Associate... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:30pm MST

Productivity and Organization Working at Home, School, and Everywhere In-Between *PRE-RECORDED*
This session will explore how to build effective personal and professional structures to be your most productive self, cut-out distractions, and find joy in all you do. Professional artist, bestselling author, and work-from-home addict, Alexis Marie Chute shares tips and tricks for scheduling your time, organizing your to-do list, getting more done, and finding your highest level of work and home balance for greatest life-fulfillment. In an age where you may be asked to switch your work environment without notice, this session will help you be agile, adaptable, and find pleasure in unpredictability.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

President Schilling: Unplugged
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will offer the opportunity to meet with President Schilling in a group setting to discuss matters and issues that are of importance to you and your colleagues. The session will open with a few focus questions from President Schilling followed by an opportunity to have open dialogue on topics generated by the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district representative for South West. As vice-president, Schilling chaired the Central Table Bargaining Committee and the Finance Committee, served... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:30pm MST

Rebranding and School Logos
This session is designed for anyone interested in learning about the rebranding process and the significance school logos have in contributing towards school culture. During this session, attendees will participate in a sample school logo and rebranding process that can be applied back at their site.
School logos are more than what is displayed on the front of a jersey. Every member of a school should feel a connection to the school’s logo, and know that it is the symbol of the virtues that the school is promoting. As a member of the school community your behavior (in the hallway, on a team, on a fieldtrip, towards a guest speaker, etc) is reflective of the school’s virtues, and the school’s logo is the symbol of those virtues.

Speakers
avatar for Les Worthington

Les Worthington

Principal, Wabamun School
I'm in my eighteenth year of teaching, and tenth as a principal. I've worked in Fort Vermilion School Division, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and am currently with Parkland School Division. I spent my first 8 years teaching grades 1-6 before becoming principal of Entwistle... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

12:30pm MST

Resource Sharing for the High School Science Classroom
This session will be organized quickly into teams remotely and from that point the cohort of professionals will discuss resources being used in these difficult times for in classroom use and at home for students isolating due to COVID.
After working together in small groups, the groups may return to the main as a form of jigsaw to present their findings.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

12:30pm MST

Sleight of Hand Sleight of Mind… the magic behind war propaganda
War Propagandists, like magicians, target our Cognitive Biases with Sensory and Psychological Misdirection. For example; by playing on our False Consensus Bias propagandists convince us, falsely, that our war leaders share our Idealistic and Humanitarian feelings. Other Biases examined are Framing, Attribution, Availability Cascade, and Illusory Superiority Biases. Dozens of examples of Misdirection are exposed to produce astonishing OMG! MOMENTS. The session offers four general rules for detecting War Propaganda.

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

12:30pm MST

Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship *PRE-RECORDED*
The importance of environmental sustainability and stewardship has evolved over the past twenty years. Social awareness has ignited an interest and sense of action in the students. Where does a teacher look for accurate and up to date information for students? This session will focus on implementing environmental sustainability and stewardship into the Alberta science and social studies curriculum. Successful lessons, projects and actions will be shared within the session. Become your students mentor and facilitate stewardship and environmental sustainability in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his concept-based and project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Overarching Activities for Social 9, 10 and 20 *PRE-RECORDED*
Teaching Social Studies is all about creating engaged citizens – but how can we get them engaged in our classroom? With other teachers, I have developed some overarching activities that strive to help students see the links between the different curriculum objectives in addition to seeing how it relates to the “real world”. I will share with you some of these activities, including digital access that will allow you to adapt it for your own classroom.

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 →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Everyone Can Code*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
We believe that coding is an essential skill for helping students thrive in a technology-driven future. Learning to code unlocks creativity, fosters collaboration, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths.
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code — free resources from Apple that introduce students ages 8 + to the world of coding through project-based classroom learning. We will explore lessons in the student and teacher guides, and dive into interactive coding puzzles and activities for both in and out of the classroom.

Having an iPad or MacBook that is loaded with the Swift Playgrounds App is recommended for this session.  You can download Swift Playgrounds here:   https://www.apple.com/ca/swift/playgrounds/

For the session we will be working with Learn to Code 1, MeeBot Dances, and Learn to Code 2.  If you are not familar with how to install these playgrounds, please check out the video tutorial that I created to help guide you through the process of installing them:

Speakers
avatar for Brent Yacoback

Brent Yacoback

STEAM Coordinator, Apple Distinguished Educator
Brent is an Apple Distinguished Educator, science teacher, and the Coordinator of the STEAM program at West Ferris Secondary School, which is part of the Near North District School Board in North Bay, Ontario. Brent has a passion for coding with robots, Swift Playgrounds, and helping... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

12:30pm MST

Simple Watercolor Landscapes *PRE-RECORDED*
Limited Capacity seats available

You have a choice of how you would like to do this class. If you wish to create the projects you will need materials. You can purchase the supplies and have them mailed no later than two weeks (FEB 5) prior to the conference. The cost of the materials is $28.50 including shipping. Alternatively you can bring your own supplies (click here to view) or just watch the video and do the project at a later date.
Make sure to send an email including your name, home address and convention you are attending (CATCA) AND pay $28.50 by email transfer (password: CATCA2021) to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com
Those of you who prepurchased the supplies will have the handouts in the supply packages. For others who did not, I reccommend printing the file called "Paintings" in color and the file called "Artsit Trading Card Template" on white cardstock. 

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Artist
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist,calligrapher, and educator from Red Deer, Alberta. She believes the ritualistic practice of art not only nurtures the human spirit, it breaks down barriers and strengthens relationships.In her classes students are challenged to find their... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

The Hunger Games: That Kid’s Just Looking for Attention…
Everywhere around us kids are just “looking for attention” starved for connection & positive adult relationships. This session speaks to the biological, psychological and developmental reasons kids seek our attention & uses theory & humor to look at the behaviors & brains of these kids & the survival games they play. Participants will learn the "Vitamin C" approach to attention seeking behavior & explore practical ways to nourish children & youth with the time & attention they seek…and deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

12:30pm MST

Designing the Classroom Through a Trauma Lens
Research has shown prenatal and childhood trauma can actually change the physiology of the brain and can lead to the creation of unique neural pathways. This can greatly affect the way children interact with the world around them. In this session you will learn exactly what trauma is and what kinds of behaviours it might lead to. You will leave with practical tools you can use immediately which help create new neuro pathways in the brain of the child and provide hope for positive change.

Teachers often face challenging behaviours in their students that bring chaos into the classroom and hamper learning, not only for the individual student, but often for the entire class. Many of the children who exhibit these behaviours have experienced trauma. When you understand the causes and have practical tools, you can become proactive rather than reactive in dealing with these behaviours and will see profound changes and provide hope for your students.

Through healthy relationships and connections we can change the trajectory of a child's life.

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Rust

Ingrid Rust

Design Your Class Through the Lens of Trauma
Ingrid Rust is a mother of 6 children. (3 biological children who are married, a 16-year-old kinship placement, and two adopted children, aged 3 and 5) and is also a grandmother of 2. Ingrid and her husband, Murray, have fostered children in the Edmonton area for 8 years. She has... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 073

12:30pm MST

Mindfulness for Health, Peace and Ease (even in your classroom!) *PRE-RECORDED*
A fun session to make life easier… even in your classroom! Mindfulness is a proven way to reduce stress and improve health (physical, emotional and mental). In this fun, interactive session you’ll learn simple, effective mindfulness tools - such as meditative and breathing techniques - for yourself & your students to increase: Presence; Calm; Peace; Focus; Performance; and Co-operation. Thirty+ years of research show Mindfulness benefits to also include Stress Reduction, Reduced Depression, Improved Attitudes & Behaviours, Strengthened Relationships. An empowering session!

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

Self-Care for Sanity, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as, "The Feel Good Lady." This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

This One Is For You!*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
Do you sometimes feel like your job consumes you? You want to fully enjoy life both inside and outside your classroom, yet you often feel wiped out. Your ever growing to-do list is overwhelming and you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. The culprit could be unchecked stress levels. Join Cher Brasok from Connect to Calm for an interactive workshop where you will explore 15 popular and emerging practices that can dramatically reduce the stresses you feel. Topics include: The Thinking Feeling Connection, 4 Stress Busting Breathing Techniques, 7 Stress Releasing Acupressure Points and How Tapping (EFT) Can Work for You. Simple, effective strategies for yourself and your students. “Connect to your Calm” and feel the ripple effect into all aspects of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Cher Brasok

Cher Brasok

Founder & Facilitator, Connect to your Calm
My name is Cher Brasok, founder of Connect to your Calm. If someone would have asked me to describe my life ten years ago, stressful is NOT a word I would have used. Busy - yes. I was so tuned out and caught up in the busyness of my life, that I wasn't paying attention to how I was... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 068

12:30pm MST

Multiplicative Thinking: What does it look like? How does it work?
Multiplication and division involve much more than knowing the answers to facts. Many students who know facts are not able to think multiplicatively! As a result, they are not sure of what they are really capable of doing with multiplication.
Our job is to prepare kids to think multiplicatively before we ask them to multiply or divide.
In order to do this, we must orchestrate activities, investigations and experiences that allow them to see multiplicative thinking in action. What does multiplication look like? How does it work? To have them answer these questions, we need to make their math a visual experience where the conversation is not about how to get answers but pushes for a deeper understanding of proportional thinking. They must come to see that multiplicative thinking is an upgrade to additive thinking.
We will look at models that match the math behind the answers. Along the way, we will analyze how a problem changes along its solution path. That change is key to understanding the true meaning of multiplicative thinking.We will look at early mutliplicative thinking and then at Proportional thinking, which is the Big Brother/Sister because it uses multiplicative thinking to but becomes much more when numbers other than whole numbers and ideas like ratios and algebraic thinking are introduced.
Together Multiplicative and Proportional Reasoning provide the GATEWAY to Junior and Senior High success.
Come and open the GATE for your students’ future success in math.


Speakers
avatar for Keith van De Keere

Keith van De Keere

Numeracy Consultant
Keith is a strong advocate for continued improvement of math education. He sees numeracy as an essential part of all education discussions. He works primarily with K - 9 teachers where he facilitates workshops, assists lesson and unit planning, and does team teaching and lesson demos... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 071

12:30pm MST

Envisioning Collaborative Response: Supporting ALL students
It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. Come learn about Collaborative Response, a mindset for educational organizations that values collaborative, action focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely intervention to ensure all students can experience success. Come learn how school administration and inclusive learning support leadership teams establish school-wide structures to ensure support for every student in our schools and across our districts. Numerous Alberta school and district examples, as well as access to a myriad of resources will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 072

2:15pm MST

Visual Journals in the Elementary Classroom *PRE-RECORDED*
Visual Journals are an excellent tool to use in the elementary classroom. They help students to process information, reflect on what they have learned and to show their understanding of the topic. Visual journals are highly adaptable for students with differing abilities. This presentation will show how they can be used in all subject areas from Kindergarten to Grade 6. It will also show some Indigenous concepts that can be incorporated into Visual Journals. No creativity or drawing experience needed.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Christen

Cassandra Christen

Visual Journals in Elementary
Cassandra Christen has been teaching for 16 years. She has used Visual Journals in the classroom for 10 years. Cassandra also co-authored and illustrated the book “We Can’t Mask Our Excitement - a book to help students understand what going back to school may look like in the... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Practical Concept-Based Assessment Done Three Ways *PRE-RECORDED*
Do you wonder about the best way to plan and deliver concept-based assessment? In this workshop, teachers will explore three fun, effective, and time-saving levels of concept-based assessment: cumulative unit-level tasks, performance of skills and competencies, and meaningful cross-curricular projects. Learn how to organize curriculum units around assessment tasks that will spark and sustain student interest, provide a clear record of learning, and most importantly, allow students to transfer their understanding of new concepts to the world around them. Participants will work together to brainstorm models for each level of assessment and leave the seminar with a collection of powerful and exciting assessment frameworks.

Speakers
DR

Donna Ross

Donna Ross is an Indigenous educator with 30 years of experience in Alberta working with Indigenous communities, providing professional consulting, and supporting schools with Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Donna brings passion and deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Hands-On-Learning in Challenging Times
Skills Canada Alberta inspires students to explore their passions and interests, develop their vocational and wellbeing skills, and elevate the extraordinary talents of Alberta’s future workforce. We promote excellence in trade and technology careers through skills competitions, hands-on programs for students and resources for educators. Learn how Skills Canada Alberta is continuing to bring hands-on, experiential opportunities to students across the province and how you can bring Skills into you classroom (for free!)

Speakers
avatar for Skills Canada Alberta

Skills Canada Alberta

Randi Cox, Skills Canada Alberta
Connecting students to innovative and motivating career exploration opportunities is the driving force behind the various Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) programs. SCA aims to inspire students to explore their passions and interests, and to develop their skills. We work to elevate and... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

2:15pm MST

One Recipe - Multiple outcomes. Foundational recipes that can be used to cover multiple outcomes across the course levels in High School Foods and Nutrition. *PRE-RECORDED*
We will be looking at a variety of recipes that can cover multiple outcomes across Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced foods with reasonable alterations.

With our current COVID 19 protocols, we have to prepare our classroom to cover as many outcomes as possible at once to allow students the best opportunity to earn their credits, while keeping in mind the attendance challenges that accompany the 2020/21 school year. We will be reviewing several recipes that can be used and/or modified to cover multiple outcomes and skills within one lab, while maintaining current health and safety regulations and managing budgetary constraints.

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

Teacher, Cooking with Limitations/One Recipe = Multiple Outcomes
Natasha Millan is a foods and nutrition teacher at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She has been teaching foods and nutrition since 2010 and teaches grades 7 through 12 to a wide variety of learners. She holds her Bachelors of Education and a Graduate Diploma... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Optimiser l’enseignement et l’apprentissage grâce aux plans de croissance professionnelle
Cette session offre à chacun l’occasion de réfléchir aux cadres juridiques, à la politique, et aux autres exigences relatives à la croissance professionnelle des enseignants; de se familiariser avec les composantes essentielles et efficaces du plan de croissance; et de découvrir les documents d’appuis et les outils à la disposition des enseignants pour élaborer un plan de croissance professionnelle. Le processus d’évaluation des enseignants et les exigences pour l’obtention du brevet d’enseignement permanent seront également abordés pendant la session.

Speakers
avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

2:15pm MST

Hacking The Classroom (Breakout)
Limited Capacity seats available

Brian is an educator on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science. In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future utilizing 21st Century Competencies.This presentation will explore the use of digital tools to engage learners, build Knowledge Construction and revisit the pedagogical history of Jean Piaget's Constructivist Learning Theory. By enabling the "maker" in all of us, assessment and evaluation becomes immediate, effective and ongoing using digital technologies to communicate thinking with staff, students and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Aspinall

Brian Aspinall

Brian is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

2:15pm MST

Gender and Sexual Diversity in School
In this session we will work together to develop a comprehensive understanding of sexual and gender diverse terminology, to understand relevant legislation as it relates to the sexual orientation, gender identity and the classroom, and to discern best practices for supporting queer and trans youth in the classroom and at school. Or goal is to create a safer school for all students and provide teachers with practical tools, tips, and resources for incorporating gender and sexual diversity into their lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Marshall

Alexandra Marshall

fYrefly in Schools Education Facilitator, ISMSS
Alexandra Marshall has been teaching for over 14 years in a wide range of contexts. She has an education degree from the University of Alberta and has a passion for advocacy. She looks forward to providing tools and supports for anyone looking to improve their practice in working... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

2:15pm MST

Using Cultural Intelligence in the Classroom Part 2 *PRE-RECORDED*
How to bring the different cultures and learning styles represented by the students in the classroom to a common denominator so that everybody gets involved in the learning process? This is THE question teachers need to answer before they start adapting their teaching to a culturally diverse group. In the world of globalism and multiculturalism, learning to adapt to the different backgrounds of your learners is a remarkable effort, yet a rewarding job when done properly.

Based on the most recent research and using her extensive personal experience, Maria will provide tips and ideas on cultural knowledge, mindfulness and cross-cultural skills and communication strategies across cultures that will enhance your understanding of today’s Global Village – Planet Earth.

This is a two part session: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, on February 18.  Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2, so make sure you register for both.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

MD Millar Publishing
An experienced teacher and trainer, Maria has been running MD Millar Publishing, her own Calgary publishing and editing company, since 2013. Maria has worked in the settlement and immigration sector for 16 years in various capacities and for the past 11 years, she has provided PD... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Teen Sexting, Nudes, and Distribution of Intimate Images
Smartphones, with the ability to send media instantaneously, have become the primary method in how teens will share what they call “nudes.” This behaviour comes with challenges for teens, parents, caregivers, law enforcement, schools, and communities. This program will summarize what over 250 academic peer-reviewed research projects have concluded on this behaviour. In addition, Canadian case law, and online investigative experience with teens and families will be discussed. The session will highlight influences, consent, choices, consequences that youth interact with. We will explore options teens have to reduce legal liability and reduce harm emotionally, psychologically, physically or socially specific to frequent challenges. Topic themes will include but not limited to exploitation, extortion, trust, law, privacy, incident response, and harm reduction. Information presented is sourced from research experience, literature review analysis, online investigation experience, and digital safety practitioner knowledge. This program is ideal for anyone that work with teens.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Laur

Brandon Laur

Teen Sexting, The White Hatter
Brandon Laur’s background includes a varied assortment of academic studies and professional work placements. He earned a master’s degree in Professional Communication, specializing in online manipulation. Professionally he has been employed with Personal Protection Systems working... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

2:15pm MST

Teaching Students to Live in a Porous Community: An Antidote to Polarization
This session is essentially a simplified introduction to philosophy with a goal to understand ourselves and others better. We live in a world where our beliefs can separate us from other people and contribute to exclusion. This session is built on the premise that disagreement is good and that every issue is complex. Its purpose is to help teachers to help students to understand folks with various belief systems. It will seek to encourage participants to build porous communities which, while remaining true to themselves, are able to coexist with other very different communities with understanding, respect, and love. (Yes, it is a little bit utopian) Secular, Christian, and First Nations worldviews will be presented as examples for consideration.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Duiker

Robert Duiker

Rob Duiker is the Principal of Rocky Christian School, an alternative program in the Wild Rose School Division. He holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Dordt University. His interests include politics and philosophy. He has been married to his wife Fran since 1983. He has... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

2:15pm MST

Get Out of the Ick - Quick!
Based on Suze's career as a teacher followed by 20 years developing and training practitioners in Belief Re-patterning®, the personal development technique grounded in learning theory that she pioneered, the focus of this session is to explore practical and easy tips and techniques for you to:
• Develop positive self-talk habits
• Model positive self-talk for your students
• Integrate mindfulness into your day to day activities and lessons, and
• Explore foundational learnings that you and your students can practice both at school and at home to improve mindset and learning outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Suze Casey

Suze Casey

Developer, Belief Re-patterning, positive self-talk, mindfulness
Suze Casey is a best-selling Hay House author, teacher, facilitator, speaker, radio show host, entrepreneur and developer of the personal development technique called Belief Re-patterning®, outlined in her book Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

2:15pm MST

HIGH FIVE in Schools *PRE-RECORDED*
Are you a PE teacher who wants to provide your students an amazing leadership development opportunity?Do you want them to gain critical skills they can use in their community, volunteer opportunities and employment?

Join Jen Goeres (Alberta Recreation and Parks Association HIGH FIVE Coordinator and Alberta Master Trainer) and Karina Damgaard (Alberta Master Trainer) to explore how HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) training can be embedded into your high school Physical Education and/or Leadership programs. This national certification will give your students practical skills and experience working with children 4 - 12 years in sport and recreation and can be delivered in person and/or virtually by a HIGH FIVE trainer.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

Founder, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen is the founder of WordPLAY Consulting and works directly within education, recreation and sport organizations to connect, inspire and inform through PLAY! Jen graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activity) and... Read More →
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ARPA (Alberta Recreation & Parks Association)

In this presentation Jen, Karina, and Pam will introduce HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) training and how it can be used in high school physical education and leadership programs. The content, resources and activities in PHCD link to the Alberta high school... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

How to Get Happy For No Reason
You just had a day that was unbelievably challenging. It seemed like there was one thing after another, and normally, that would have your stress levels sky-rocketing, but for some reason, you feel deeply happy and nothing phased you.

What was the reason? You learned how to become Happy For No Reason and you’ve been practicing simple happiness habits that support your well-being, no matter what life throws at you.

Where did you learn these happiness habits? At the amazing session at the Teachers Convention, of course. You decided to learn how to take your happiness into your own hands and no longer rely on outer circumstances to make or break your mood. High five for your great choice!

In this session you’ll learn how to:
-transform your happiness set point so that you feel happier more of the time
-implement practical skills and powerful techniques that will boost your overall happiness
-stay calm, centered and grounded, even in chaos
-make your thoughts your allies
-own your life and gain clarity on what you really want

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

2:15pm MST

Resilience in the face of change, lessons from grief and loss
You are the front line of this pandemic. Change has become the one constant that this school year has brought.
So how can you survive through the struggles of being in this strange world, often isolated and seeing each other through the small window of a computer screen? How can you ensure that you end this year happy and healthy? How can you best support your students and create inclusive learning environments behind masks, through screens and without close physical contact?

So much of this pandemic parallels the world of grief and loss. The death of my son Colin in June of 2018, has led me down a path that focuses on mental health and well-being. My own experience in the classroom at an arts immersion charter school gave me the tools to understand how staff and student mental health needs to be a priority during times of crisis or change. We as a society are going experiencing the loss of what we once knew, how we once lived and worked. These changes bring on similar emotions to those experiencing loss and the associated grief responses that occur.

This session is composed of 4 main parts:
Introduction: My story, Innovation, the Arts, and my son Colin
COVID-19: Not just loss (audience activity)
Grief and Loss: Experts on Grief and Loss
Connecting while being apart

The session is grounded in mindful meditation opening and closing as well as moments of interaction with the audience and others.

Speakers
avatar for Riley Ohler

Riley Ohler

On June 19, 2018, my life as I knew it changed forever. I received the phone call no one ever expects or wants to get. My son Colin passed away suddenly. Over the past two years, I have worked to promote mental health and help those in need in the grieving community. I have co-founded... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

2:15pm MST

Micro Retreat for Teachers Who Have No Clue What to Do With Retirement
Our profession is loaded with meaning and identity; who are you outside of teaching? Who will you be when you retire? Are you contemplating a different career? How will you make meaning for yourself if you aren't a teacher. I'd like to provide some things to think about in a microscopic retreat not for kids but for us. This is a chance for you to be quiet for a while and think about you.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Mireau

Vincent Mireau

Teacher & Counselling Psychologist
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 070

2:15pm MST

Relax, renew and refocus with Yoga Nidra. All you have to do is lie there *PRE-RECORDED*
Stress is disruptive to our lives and can negatively impact our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Grab a blanket, pillow, dim the lights and experience profound relaxation for your body and mind. All you have to do is lie there as Susan guides you through a deep meditation known as Yoga Nidra.
A perfect way to end your day.

Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation): an ancient technique, thousands of years old, that Susan studied with Yoga Masters in India having done her advanced training in this area.


Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law
Exploring the idea of Wahkohtowin. Wahkohtowin is a Cree word which denotes the interconnected nature of relationships, communities, and natural systems. Its literal meaning is "kinship", but it is often used to refer to Cree law, or Cree codes of conduct. Participants will explore this idea of wahkohtowin in a sharing circle format and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. Learn how this Indigenous world view can be reflected in your classroom and supports your foundational knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 054

2:15pm MST

Opening the Door for Success for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students: Your Assessment Practices are the Key! *PRE-RECORDED*
What is it about the way we “do” assessment that might specifically support learning for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students? Are there some practices that potentially clash with the worldviews, cultural beliefs, and values of Indigenous students, their families, and their communities? If we want to fully support learning for our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students, it’s time to examine the impact of our assessment practices!

DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

5 Brave Moves *PRE-RECORDED*
Here we are, stepping back into the next season of unknown.
Having no script for things often results in shut-down mode
and it all makes sense that when a pandemic continues to loom,
staying connected to those we love, lead, and teach is going to
continue to present challenges we never even had on the radar a
year ago.
Here’s what hasn’t changed: We are wired to do hard things. We
can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this:
We are wired for connection. And in this season of disconnect,
staying united has never been more important, or powerful, than
it is right now. We need every single one of us to show up the best
we can with what we’ve got.
For me—brave means doing something with your whole heart
when you can’t predict the outcome. But how can we go all in
even when we don’t know when or how this whole chapter will
end? I’ve made another list of things that will help to keep you
brave in this next season.
xo

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington

author/speaker/psychologist
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
This talk explores Jesse’s riveting personal journey which has captivated endless audiences in his book, From the Ashes. He reflects on his story, one that recounts trauma, addiction, and homelessness. Through his remarks, audiences will learn a deeper story of hope and resilience, one that will impact them deeply. This will be the same talk that will be done during Session 2 (10:45-12:00).

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Currently, he is working on theories of the intergenerational and historical trauma of the Métis people. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

2:15pm MST

Creative Writing to Cope with Stress and Build Resiliency *PRE-RECORDED*
Learn creative ways to engage students struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges, particularly during the pandemic, utilizing the empowering and healing capacities of writing. Creative writing exercises will be presented in both fiction and non-fiction as tools for personal reflection and betterment. Participants will leave having tried these writing exercises themselves and be equipped to apply them in the compassionate support of students in their schools and communities.

Stress and mental health are critical topics in our busy world wracked with pandemic fear and other challenges. Educators who know how to find peace and resiliency in themselves will be better equipped to support students to achieving the same. Creativity and writing are amazing tools to unlock negative emotions, confront unhealthy patterns of behavior and thinking, and become wholehearted and joyful people.

Participants should come prepared to write with paper, a pen or pencil, or a computer.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Reading Comprehension Success Grades 3 to 6 *PRE-RECORDED*
This workshop will provide ELA teachers with a pathway of how to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments as well as ease the stress and anxiety students often experience when faced with writing these assessments. The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details; Interpret Text Organization; Associate Meaning; Make Connections; Evaluate. During this session teachers will unpack each reading comprehension skill and understand the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill; review assessment questions which are aligned to each skill; understand and practise aligning assessment questions to each skill; and write assessment questions that assess each skill.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Covid Safe Drama Games
Zany drama games you can play online and at a distance! This hands-on, interactive session will feature tons of games that invite connection, physicalization and playfulness into your classroom in the time of social distancing. Together we will explore ways to cultivate play while maintaining distance and examine how the constraints of a virtual & distanced environment can become part of the game.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell

Director, Performer, Arts Educator, Covid Safe Drama Games
Jacqueline Russell (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown who lives in Moh’kins’tsis/Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre and the Artistic Producer... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

2:15pm MST

Elves, Orcs, Hobbits and the Meaning of Life According to J.R.R. Tolkien: A Theological Investigation of Middle Earth *PRE-RECORDED*
The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien’s Catholic faith has made upon his writings. C.S. Lewis, a close friend and associate whose encouragement was necessary for Tolkien to publish, wove Christian themes within his works via allegory. Tolkien, on the other hand, chose a much different and more sophisticated approach in creating the drama of the Rings of Power. This talk offers educators of Literature and Religion insight into the life and works of Tolkien and the undercurrents within thought—and how these can be made accessible to students in the classroom.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO

Speakers
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Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Re-imagining Jr High Math units by training student thought patterns *PRE-RECORDED*
After 10 years as a PE teacher and 9 years of teaching Math in the blended homeschooling math program (grades 1 to 9), it is time to share some strategies I have been using to improve student retention, engagement, and independent problem solving. In 60 minutes, I will attempt to share my accelerated approach to influence students' thought patterns for three major units: Order of Operations, Integers, and Algebra. If you understand how a Lion hunts a gazelle, you can learn to do algebra. If you have ever been in a line for a roller coaster with 3 people, you know how to multiply integers. Using analogy, simple images and paring down the infinite variations of units to the most fundamental rules, I have had incredible success with students at all skill levels. This all came about when I was tasked with teaching without a textbook or heavy reliance on workbooks. There will be lots of time for conversation as we play. Works in person and virtually. As a bonus I will share student note taking and activities to enhance learning.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Teaching Whole Numbers with Maths — No Problem! *PRE-RECORDED*
For teachers who want to expand and solidify their understanding of math instruction, this
talk goes deep into the techniques and theories behind the math mastery approach to whole
number teaching. Examine the principles that support number sense, beginning with a
review of core ideas and ending with an overview of all operations (addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division) as they relate to whole numbers. Leave with proven practical
teaching techniques you can immediately try out in your own classroom.

This could be a workshop, theatre style or Virtual on-line presentation.

Speakers
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Adam Gifford

Maths No Problem
MNP Lead Trainer Adam worked as a primary school headteacher, where he oversaw the school’s involvement with the National Math Project using Maths — No Problem! materials. He is Maths Recovery trained, and was the first Primary Maths Specialist Leader in Education within the United... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Managing Stress, Grief & Loss
Join Alberta Health Services for a presentation on understanding how stress can impact our mental health.   In this session we will address what happens in the brain when we experience stress.   Additionally, we will be looking at how we move through grief and loss as a result of a pandemic and practice how to reset in high stress moments.

Speakers
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Rania Page

Alberta Health Services
Rania Page, RSW works for Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. Rania is a School Based Prevention Counsellor, with a focus on substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
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Christine Laval

Alberta Health Services


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

2:15pm MST

Physical Activity for All for FREE *PRE-RECORDED*
Join provincial leaders in supporting active, healthy school communities - the Be Fit for Life Network and Ever Active Schools - for a fast-paced session with a ton of physical activities you can use with your classes right away. This session will feature cross-curricular connections through activity and movement all supported by FREE resources.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Teaching Health and PE? We’re here to help! *PRE-RECORDED*
Now more than ever, quality Health and Physical Education programs are essential tools for supporting student learning and well-being in all schools - in person and online. In this session, the Health and Physical Education specialist council and Ever Active Schools will share current success stories from leading educators around the province, and teach how to use free and low cost resources, such as our complete K-12 Phys Ed Lesson Plan resource, to support all teachers involved in delivering these key curricular outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →
HA

Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC)

The Health and Physical Education Council is a specialist council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. As a professional organization of teachers, HPEC advocates for quality health and physical education programs and provides opportunities for professional growth and development... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

The Women in Leadership Needs Assessment Survey: What we Learned
In Alberta, the gap between the number of women who occupy positions of leadership in both school jurisdictions and the Alberta Teachers Association and the number of women who are members of the teaching profession is significant. A review of the literature and historical documents shows this gap has been surprisingly durable over time. Therefore, in the spring of 2019, the Alberta Teachers' Association launched an online survey to assess what Alberta teachers thought about the experience of teachers with respect to educational leadership and gender. The survey explored whether there is gender-based discrimination experienced by teachers and how these barriers impact a teachers' career progression. In addition, participants were asked to identify what supports teachers identified as being important to helping women enter into positions of educational leadership. This session will provide an overview of the survey and provide comment about how this information might assist the work of the Association and school jurisdictions.
As a result of participating in this session, you will have an opportunity to enhance your awareness of the gendered nature of schools and school divisions to build more inclusive leadership teams.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt, EdD

Lisa Everitt, EdD

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
ATA Women in Leadership Committee Member - SecretaryPassionate advocate for equity for women in the teaching profession and in society


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

2:15pm MST

Dealing with Volatile Situations
Teachers have hundreds of interactions with parents, students and colleagues every day. Sometimes, those interactions involve conflict in dynamic and delicate circumstances. This session will explore common types of conflict, causes of conflict, legal rights and obligations of individuals in school-related conflict, and strategies for managing and resolving conflict effectively. A discussion of sample scenarios will help tie learnings to common conflict situations in the school context.

Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij, PhD

Konni deGoeij, PhD

Associate Coordinator, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as schoolteacher, school based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Alberta. Konni joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association as an executive staff officer in the Member Services program area in 2004 and in 2006 became the Associate... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

2:15pm MST

Project Based Science Lessons for Grade 6-9 *PRE-RECORDED*
Design a new environmental sustainable tourist destination, that engages public involvement, considers water and energy consumption, land use, and waste production, while covering content from grade 6-9 science curriculum. This is just one example of how to create new and engaging lessons that cross multiple concepts within your grade 6 - 9 science classes that reinforce skill, knowledge and abilities through practical, meaningful projects. The projects are designed to draw from past experiences and knowledge, and ignite creative and practical approaches to connecting the science curriculum between grade levels and curricular topics

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his concept-based and project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

The Science Pawdcast *PRE-RECORDED*
Want to start your own Podcast? What to use podcasts in the classroom? Can you...gasp...make money off of a podcast? Want to hear some stories about the amazing people on "The Science Pawdcast"?

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

My Experience Using the Flipped Classroom *PRE-RECORDED*
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 →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Students Love My Grade 6-8 Social Studies Projects *PRE-RECORDED*
Simulations, 'actualizations' and 'aha'-moments are all part of a students experience in social studies classes when project-based and concept-based learning are combined to create fun and entertaining lessons for grade 6 to 8 students. Understanding civic responsibilities, cultural diversity and environmental appreciation are concepts presented and developed through activities that will improve student engagement, performance and appreciation for social interactions within Canada and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his concept-based and project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

The Thirty Years War (1989-2020)… the Obama and Trump years *PRE-RECORDED*
Humanitarian rhetoric aside it is not a coincidence that actions and inactions in the New Cold War (NCW) align with self interest. Hybrid Warfare against Venezuela, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina continued the Monroe Doctrine’s pursuit of Tribute and Regional Hegemony. The NCW continued the policy of containment of Russia with hybrid warfare in Ukraine, and both Russia and Iran in Syria. The destruction of Libya defeated the economic and geostrategic threat of Pan Africanism (a united and independent Africa acting in its own interest). The NCW’s current fronts include the containment of Russian integration with Europe, Russian and Iranian Petroleum and China’s New Silk Road with its proposed integration of Eurasia and Africa. The US has no peer rivals in its hemisphere but the world order may transition from unipolarity to multipolarity. Great Power Competition will not be entirely, perhaps even not primarily military; let us hope so at least. You can download the video by clicking here.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Amplifying Stories Using Data Science
The history of storytelling goes back to the time of sitting around a campfire telling stories. Although oral storytelling is becoming more apparent in the classroom, using data, numbers, patterns, and coding to tell a story is still emerging - yet is an essential skill in communication meaning in our current world. Data science, and data journalism, involve finding and telling stories using data sets. In this (panel discussion or session) we will look at how students can use data and visualizations to write nonfiction in English language arts and social studies. We'll also discuss open science and ethical issues around uses of data. 

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending this session!

Speakers
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Ethics in Data Science, Cybera
Verena Roberts is an Adjunct Asst Prof with the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education and is working as an Educational Specialist with the Callysto team.


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 059

2:15pm MST

How to Teach Controversial Energy or Environmental Issues in Your Classroom
Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change or the future of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events for engaging students and practicing critical thinking skills. But such topics can be daunting as there are often many perspectives to consider and an overwhelming amount of - often conflicting - information. In this workshop, we'll review and practice ‘safe and effective’ strategies for unpacking with your students the scientific and social dimensions of complex issues using open-mindedness, curiosity, respect, and evidence-based critical thinking - without becoming part of the controversy.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD), it's... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 064

2:15pm MST

Writing Outside the Box
Stories are not just about reading and writing. Stories motivate, teach, inspire, engage, in all content areas. Writing for comprehension as well as communication, is critical for future success. Lois explores how students can incorporate personal stories into subjects such as Math, Science and Social Studies as a means of developing deeper comprehension of content while strengthening writing skills. In this session, Lois will provide creative ideas and practical tools for developing strong writers and confident students. It's time to write outside the box. Q & A to end the session.

Speakers
avatar for Lois Donovan

Lois Donovan

author
A former teacher, Lois is the author of time-travel historical fiction novels, Winds of L’Acadie and The Journal. She has recently sent her debut contemporary teen novel (repped by StaceyKondla) out into the world to find a home. Lois loves sharing her passion for all things literary... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

2:15pm MST

Memory Secrets: Brain Codes *PRE-RECORDED*
Memory is a sport that is growing in popularity, especially in Canada. I started using mnemonic strategies to teach math facts, spelling rules and music notes in a small-town elementary classroom before it was a thing. Years later I found others who knew these 'brain secrets' and memory competitions they took part in. To help kids practice their skills, I coached kids to use these same techniques memorize decks of cards, long strings of numbers and names of random strangers. For a few years, the top ten memory athletes in the nation were students from my own homeroom, including one who earned 4 national titles in 3 different memory events, with her first one at the age of 8. Currently I have taught an entire K-6 school the times tables using these strategies and have coached the largest memory club in both Canada and Australia. Join me and learn strategies that can be learned by any child.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)
 
Friday, February 19
 

9:00am MST

Next Level Art: Meaning & Mental Health through Hands-on Creativity *PRE-RECORDED*
Visual art is our first language, which connects us to how we first began to understand the world. In this workshop, learn how visual art and creativity can engage the body, brain, and hearts of educators and teachers like—and why this connection is critical for thriving mental health. Be inspired with visual art project examples that will get your creative juices flowing. Discover how to deepen the meaning of the artistic process and inspire students to think outside-the-box in all areas of their lives.

Sometimes words are not enough to express the inexpressible parts of the human experience. Visual art can help educators and students tap into their feelings, understand who they are and what they value, and embrace healing and healthy rituals and self-talk. Learning to think creatively and through hands-on art experiences, we all can become more critical and innovative thinkers.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Calm Classroom: A Calm Mind Is A Focused Mind
Stress is disruptive to the learning process. Take time out to deeply relax your body and mind as I guide you through a relaxation technique I studied with Yoga Masters in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller and teach you simple and easy to learn mindfulness techniques as short as 1-3 minutes in length. Learn how to integrate these mindfulness techniques into your daily life and classroom so you won't feel as drained or burnt out by the end of the day and will have a calmer classroom environment. I will also teach you some quick and simple movement and breath exercises to connect your mind and body. These exercises are great to help both you and your students refocus or "wake up" when your minds are wandering and you get that tired sleepy feel.
This is a session you definitely don't want to miss as I bring these ancient mindfulness techniques I studied in India, New Mexico and California with world-renowned Yoga Masters and make them easily accessible to you.
If you're up for the challenge together we will begin day 1 of the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 20 000 kids, teens and adults. I look forward to sharing these mindfulness techniques with you as I have seen them change lives. Hope you can join us
The new beCALM kit will be released the beginning of 2021


Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

9:00am MST

Unpacking Poverty: Exploring Social Studies Through and Arts-based Lens*PRE-RECORDED*
Patricia Jagger in collaboration with the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. The resource explores issues relating to equity and poverty while underscoring cross-curricular and competency-based approaches. This session will engage participants in an exploration of related topics while providing strategies for classroom implementation. An emphasis on integrating arts-based teaching and learning provides opportunities for creative expression through project-based activities for learners of all ages and abilities.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara L Maheu

Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu, a social studies and drama teacher, currently develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She worked as an executive staff officer in professional development for the Alberta Teachers' Association. She has developed and delivered resources... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

How to Develop Intercultural Competence in the Beginner Level’s Language Classroom*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
In Japanese language class, teachers introduce some Japanese culture and try to let students to experience them, such as Origami (folding paper), calligraphy, Yukata (traditional clothes) and so on. It is true that these cultural experiences will promote students’ motivation but these are only some aspect of Japanese culture and customs. Moreover, teachers need to prepare materials for cultural experience. Then, how can we develop intercultural competence, especially at the stage of the beginner level? In this session I will show you how to plan from the short lesson or activity to the longer project, starting with one photo.

Speakers
KY

Keiko Yoshikawa

Special Language Advisor-Japan, Alberta Education
Keiko Yoshikawa has been the Special Language Advisor for Japanese language at Alberta Education since September 2020. On behalf of the Japan Foundation, Toronto, she supports Japanese language teachers across Canada and conducts online workshops. She has engaged in Japanese language... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 072

9:00am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview
Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer.
In this presentation you’ll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers
avatar for ASEBP Tenjie Wilson

ASEBP Tenjie Wilson

ASEBP
Tenjie has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for five years this February, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. She has previous experience in the health insurance industry dating back eighteen years. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, reading... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 073

9:00am MST

How to make your own Kombucha
Are you a kombucha drinker and would like to start making our own? It's EASY!!
Come join me in my kitchen. In this session, I will show you how to make and flavor kombucha.
I'll also be discussing SCOBY information, trouble shooting, nutritional benefits and anything else you would need to know to start making your own at the fraction of the price of store bought.

Speakers
avatar for Dee Stokoe

Dee Stokoe

I have taught in Red Deer for most of my career as a Foods and Fashion teacher. I consider my kitchen my laboratory for making healthy nutritious food as well as all natural products such as soap, salves, shower steamers. I have led workshops with people in the community sharing what... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

9:00am MST

Tips for Teachers: Staying Sane
How does a teacher keep up with ever increasing demands? How does one remain happy and enthusiastic yet create a productive learning environment when overwhelmed by responsibilities? This session will illuminate helpful principles and practical tips for handling the demands of teaching. Learn some effective strategies for promoting wellness that also help to create exceptional learning environments. Come laugh, decompress and learn some self-care. These tried and true, evidence-based tips will give you hope and make your job easier.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

resiliency and happiness principles
Dan Bateman is an Instructor and University Facilitator at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered over 200 professional development sessions for teachers throughout Alberta. These workshops focus on practical strategies for creating productive learning... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

9:00am MST

Develop - and Trust! - Your Intuition *PRE-RECORDED*
Have you ever ignored that little voice, or gut feeling, that tells you to grab an item on your way out the door, then wished you’d listened, because, “Darn! That would’ve been handy to have right now!” That inner guidance was your intuition. Intuition is like a muscle – exercising it makes it stronger. In this interactive session, learn simple exercises that build – and teach you to trust – your intuition and bring greater ease into your life and your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

Self-Care for Sanity, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as, "The Feel Good Lady." This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
The profession of teaching comes with a seemingly endless list of demands. This chosen career combined with life itself will naturally bring challenges and stress, but the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life.

Allan draws on his personal and professional experiences, leaving you inspired to persevere through your challenges rather than avoid or escape them. Allan encourages you to take an honest look at what lies beneath stress, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach. Get ready to be the student by participating in an interactive quiz and various hands-on activities that will strengthen your understanding of stress and wellness.

You will walk away from this session feeling empowered to take back control no matter what surrounds you. When both teachers and students are able to effectively manage their stress, it creates a more conducive environment for learning to take place.

Learner Outcomes:

Create a classroom environment that identifies and combats stress

Understand the relationship that exists between stress and performance

Provide support and expertise with respect to managing students who are experiencing personal challenges

Navigate through various handouts and activities that can be used in both the classroom setting and at home
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
avatar for Allan Kehler

Allan Kehler

Teacher, Professional Speaker, Out from the Shadows Consulting Inc.
Having persevered through his own mental health issues and substance use, Allan Kehler has learned valuable life lessons that have guided him on an incredible path of success. Allan is one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers when it comes to the topic of mental health and wellness... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

9:00am MST

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education—Connecting Hearts and Minds
Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many.  The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”.  Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard

Speakers
SL

Shannon Loutitt

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism
This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as white privilege, 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 Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Denesuline and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and continues to lead Indigenous Education and Walking Together... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online *PRE-RECORDED*
This talk presents a dynamic array of teacher images to explain how they affect the teacher identities of mid-career and pre-service teachers, as well as student expectations and levels of public support. We see what is inspiring, worrisome, funny, and professionally useful about different types of teacher characters and look at ways of co-opting teacher images to advocate for classrooms.

If you would like to contact Mario for a Q&A session here is information
(1) 403 - 968 - 9677
mariotalks@gmail.com


Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Dr. Trono studies how the media shape public perceptions of various professions. His presentations to teachers highlight how K-12 teaching gets represented in film, TV, and online, and focus is given to teacher identities, student perceptions, community relations, and political support... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Laugh Out Loud Literary Devices
We all know the serious side of creative writing, but what about the lighter side of the literary arts? This workshop will hit the funny bone of disengaged students with laugh out loud examples of personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and more! Add in some activities that allow students to practice these devices, and get ready to see some beautiful and hilarious results. Regardless of the outcome, it will be seriously good writing!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

9:00am MST

Love of Reading in Middle/High School
This session will introduce you to a variety of tips and tricks to help your students develop a love of reading. Prepare yourself for a variety of book talks, classroom strategies, and more! Attendees will leave with new ideas they can implement in their classroom next week.

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.
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.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 071

9:00am MST

Developing Fluency with Additive Thinking
Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. Students need to be able to use that number sense to understand how addition and subtraction work in order to develop fluency with basic facts. Fluency is shown through the ability to think efficiently, accurately and flexibly, and to have a variety of strategies to choose from. This is done through active thinking and not through memorization. This session will provide you with a variety of ideas to implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant for the Central Alberta Regional Consortium. She has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has earned her Master's Degree in the Science of Education focusing on the Art and Science of Teaching. Her focus over... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

9:00am MST

Numeracy and Young Learners: A Developmental Affair
Have you wondered how to best teach your preschool or kindergarten students early number concepts? Come and learn the developmental approach to numeracy. This will help you determine where your students are at, and the next set of learning outcomes to teach. Working in groups, we will go through the progression of concepts using Cross-Number Discovery Puzzles and Games as a guide. This session will provide you an appreciation of early number development, and Cross-Number puzzles you can use with your class on Monday.

Speakers
RK

Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught accounting at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education and has done sessions at NCTCA and CCTCA. She... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

9:00am MST

How is it Really Going? Teaching Health and PE in a Pandemic
Join Ever Active Schools and speakers from K-12, Sport and Post-Secondary settings for an honest conversation about the realities and challenges of teaching Health and Physical Education in 2021. We want to hear from you - what is working? What kinds of supports do you need? What success stories can we share with each other? 

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Sulz

Lauren Sulz

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. Lauren Sulz is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.  Her research focuses on school-based strategies to promote health among children and youth through improving school pedagogy, school policy, and school environments. Lauren teaches... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 075

9:00am MST

How did we get here? Understanding the basics of anti-racism
How have we arrived at this moment of reckoning in with race and racism in our schools and what should we do now? This session will include a brief introduction to critical social justice pedagogy and critical race theory which will help teachers and school leaders begin to understand how to engage constructively in anti-racist pedagogy with direct application for their classrooms and schools. Antiracism resources and upcoming events available through the ATA will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Farha Shariff

Dr. Farha Shariff

Understanding the Basis of Anti-Racism, University of Alberta PhD
Farha Shariff, PhD   @drfarha077 on Twitter & InstagramIntersectional feminist / unapologetic critical social justice and anti-racist educator / educational consultantDaughter of immigrants, mama to three bossy women who will run the world one day. Closet nerd, academic and prof... Read More →
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

9:00am MST

God Doesn't Play Fair
God doesn't play fair in the way He deals with us. You can look at the scriptural evidence - why is David forgiven for adultery and murder while Saul is not for much lesser crimes? And that says nothing of poor Job who suffered so much through no fault of his own. We can look at our own lives, too, and feel like God hasn't given us a fair deal. The question of how God treats us - unfairly and with indifference - is not a new one. In the last century, C.S. Lewis wrote "The Problem of Pain" and Phillip Yancey wrote "Where is God When it Hurts?" specifically in answer to this problem. It's an unanswered question in many classrooms for both our students and some of our colleagues.

Join Evergreen Catholic chaplain Mike Landry for a look at these questions and more - and a look at how a clearer understanding of the whole story of our faith can help us find an answer to these questions any many more.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

9:00am MST

A Leadership Approach to Social Emotional Learning in Schools*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
Current educational approaches focus so heavily on academic performance that many students will enter the global workforce without the life skills needed to navigate an increasingly complex and globally interconnected world. Integrating social emotional learning into our schools is foundational to the success of our young people. When SEL is meaningfully integrated into a broader educational approach, it enhances academic learning and builds the broader success needed for life and career success. A strong social emotional foundation is also key to building positive mental health in students, teachers and families. Join us to hear stories from Alberta educators on how their schools are using the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to empower students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive and become leaders of their own learning from kindergarten and beyond!

Speakers
DB

Denea Beer

Anthea Boras has been an educator in Alberta for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge and her Masters in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. Her passion for educating the whole child and her strong belief that everyone... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 070

9:00am MST

One Admin. Team’s Journey to Implementing a Student Support and Student Response Model In a School.*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
In September 2019, we noted that we had many students who were dysregulated and it became very clear to our admin team that we did not have a clear process of how to deal with the high levels of discipline and regulation concerns. Working with our own Central Office Team, as well as incorporating learning from a professional development session we attended on EA Allocation Model and Kite Teams presented by Marcie Perdue from Chinook’s Edge School Division, we made the decision that we would explore this model for St. Teresa of Avila School.
During this session, we will share the process we used to develop a Student Support and Student Response model at our school. Steps to developing these two models included:
Identification of students who require support in the areas of cognition, academics and communication as well as social emotional support.
Aligning educational assistant support with the identified student needs
Defining role of the educational assistant, literacy and inclusion support and administration within this model
Professional development for all staff
We hope that by sharing our journey others may learn and develop similar models of support within their school communities.
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
avatar for Chris Mccullough

Chris Mccullough

Conference Chair, MYC
In September 2019, we noted that we had many students who were dysregulated and it became very clear to our admin team that we did not have a clear process of how to deal with the high levels of discipline and regulation concerns. Working with our own Central Office Team, as well... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

9:00am MST

One Teacher Away
Thanks to an educator – Micheal Loud foot – Sam was taught a lesson that transformed his life. Every educator has the opportunity to do the same within their own classrooms. In this program, Sam shares what Mike did that made him personally invest in his lessons and leadership. Your audience will leave this program remembering exactly why they started teaching years ago.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Demma

Sam Demma

Sam Demma Enterprises
Sam Demma, entrepreneur, youth coach, and keynote speaker doesn’t let his age define his drive or credibility. His goal is to provide people of all ages with the tools and strategies they need to become the change-makers in their schools, businesses, communities, and in the lives... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Webinar 1000-4

9:00am MST

Using checklists for assessment
As teachers are required to assess a student’s understanding of competencies in addition to knowledge outcomes, they have used tools more commonly used in other disciplines. For example, rubrics have been a tool used to assess many forms of student work. Their general description of each achievement level provides flexibility and personalization. This is particularly useful for essay assignments. However, in lab reports, this often leads to ambiguity. Students may not know the difference between an “acceptable” demonstration of communication compared to a “skilled” demonstration. Despite repeated instruction, the generalized description of rubrics allows room for conflict and negotiation between students and teachers. Rubrics can be redesigned into checklists to remove the ambiguity. It is clear whether or not students have demonstrated each aspect of a competency. This session will share a few of these checklists for teachers to use in their own classrooms. Participants are invited to share a lab with the group and co-create a checklist to use for assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Leon Lau

Leon Lau

Acting past president, ATA Science Council
Leon is a high school science teacher in Calgary and has taught every class in the high school science curriculum. He is also the External Relations Director for the ATA Science Council.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

9:00am MST

Climate Change Education: Creative Strategies and Resources for Teaching During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 Pandemic has posed many challenges for schools, including how to continue teaching and talking about climate change in an engaging and hands-on way through distance-learning. Using GreenLearning’s programs and ready-to-use resources, such as videos and worksheets, this webinar will explore practical strategies and tools for teaching climate change education online for secondary students. Teachers will leave with a bank of resources, creative ideas for engaging students at home and distance-learning friendly activities to use with your classes.

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Howlett

Sidney Howlett

Engagement Manager, GreenLearning
Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has a diverse professional background leading outreach to post-secondary students, teaching in elementary and French immersion schools across Ontario and establishing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 068

9:00am MST

Expanding Students' Worldview with Data Science in Social Studies *PRE-RECORDED*
As we teach concepts such as globalization, geography, systems of government, and economics, we can use real-world data to look at trends, comparisons, and current and historical situations. Data sources include Gap minder, Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia, and open data portals. We'll introduce curriculum-aligned (and Creative Commons) resources available through the federally-funded Callysto project, and help you get started creating and editing your own if you are interested.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending this session!

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Callysto
David Hay is a teacher in Elk Island Public Schools, where he has taught high school physics and technology courses, grades 5 and 6, and been an innovation consultant.
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Ethics in Data Science, Cybera
Verena Roberts is an Adjunct Asst Prof with the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education and is working as an Educational Specialist with the Callysto team.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Using EdTech to enhance your teaching practice *PRE-RECORDED*
Edwin: designed by Nelson and informed by feedback and collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents across Canada. Edwin is an online ecosystem providing a safe sandbox for students and teachers to discover curated resources tied to the Alberta program of studies for use in teaching and learning. Participants will learn how Edwin develops assessment-capable learners, meets diverse learning needs, and provides the flexibility to combine with existing plans and resources. Edwin integrates with your school’s current LMS to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment.

This workshop will inspire your teaching practice by:
• Illustrating how technology can easily be implemented to engage students in learning
• Providing ready-made lessons to get you started the next day, and
• Showcasing the growing professional learning community that is available to support you

Laptops or devices are recommended, but not necessary, for this session.

Speakers
SR

Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross has been an educator in Alberta for more than 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Music, and a Diploma of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Education in Adult, Community, and Higher Education... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

What is virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and how can I use them for teaching? *PRE-RECORDED*
We will look at what VR, AR and MR is and how we can fit it into teaching. Through this session I will run through a variety of apps that you can use in teaching, from social studies to math to art. Personally I have used these from as young as grade 3 all the way to grade 9, although you could definitely go higher or lower. By the end of this session I hope you will have some tools that you can bring to your classroom whether it is in a building or online.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Saretzky

Michael Saretzky

Teacher
I am currently a teacher with Red Deer Catholic, teaching grade 6. I have been teaching for almost 15 years, with stops in Fox Creek and Hinton. I have recently completed my Masters in Educational Technology, through UBC.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Daring Classrooms-based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Participates will learn:
What courageous leadership and cultures look like and what happens when courage is absent.
Spoiler alert: Without courage, toxicity thrives.
What gets in the way of us showing up as our whole selves and being brave.
Spoiler alert: It’s not fear.
The four skill sets of courage and how to immediately begin building them and putting them into practice.
Spoiler alert: This includes having tough conversations.

Teachers are some of our most important leaders.

We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.

We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale. And what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.

Highlighted Focus Areas
Skill Set #1: Rumbling With Vulnerability
Define your call to courage as a leader
Understand the role of courage and vulnerability in daring leadership
Understand shame and empathy and their role in daring leadership
Recognize armor and articulate how it gets in the way of daring leadership
Understand the behaviors of armored versus daring leadership
Understand how to develop grounded confidence to replace your armor
Skill Set #2: Living Into Our Values
Learn how values operate in our lives and their role in integrity and daring leadership
Identify your core values and operationalize them into observable behaviors
Learn the daring skills that support you in tough conversations
Skill Set #3: Braving Trust
Understand how trust is built and its role in connection and psychological safety
Learn the seven elements of trust and identify observable behaviors for these elements
Skill Set #4: Learning To Rise
Learn the critical role curiosity and emotional literacy play in developing rising skills
Recognize common strategies for offloading emotions and learn more effective behaviors for managing them
Understand how our brain is wired for stories and how the stories we create affect our behavior and ability to effectively lead and interact with others
Learn how to rumble with our stories

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Knull

Kimberly Knull

Owner, Courageous Leadership
Kimberly Knull is a former teacher, Registered Psychologist, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the co-founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 054

9:00am MST

Multiple Intelligences and the EQ – old trend, viewed from a contemporary perspective
The idea of multiple intelligences introduced by Howard Gardner in the 1970s has revolutionised the teaching world but also brought forward a lot of unanswered questions: how DO you adapt your teaching to the different learning styles present in your classroom?

While the answer is not easy to find, through soul searching, mindfulness and open-mindedness, and using a variety of communication strategies, Maria will introduce you to ways to nurture multiple intelligences while still catering to the needs of the learners as a group. Together, you will identify steps in the developmental phase of an individual, starting with early childhood, elementary years moving into young adult life, that can be used in planning and achieve the set goals.

At anytime you would like to communicate with Maria, you can at the following email:mdmillar@telus.net

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

MD Millar Publishing
An experienced teacher and trainer, Maria has been running MD Millar Publishing, her own Calgary publishing and editing company, since 2013. Maria has worked in the settlement and immigration sector for 16 years in various capacities and for the past 11 years, she has provided PD... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

9:00am MST

Action Begets Hope! - Unpacking and Tackling Climate Change with Secondary Students*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
Climate change is part of the Alberta curriculum and is one of the most pressing issues we face. Yet, many teachers are reluctant to ‘go there’ with their students - citing a lack of support from colleagues, administrators or parents, the challenge of deciphering fact from misinformation, and most importantly, concern over adding more angst to students who may already be anxious or even depressed about their future. Research shows, however, that engaging with this challenging topic - rather than avoiding it - is the best way to replace fear with curiosity and instill hope and positive attitudes in our students. Whether you teach junior or senior high school, understanding what climate change means for you and your students provides a rich, real, and authentic opportunity to practice critical thinking skills through an exploration of the scientific and social dimensions of this important and timely topic.

As Joan Baez famously said “Action is the antidote to despair”. In this spirit we invite you to join us for this highly engaging session that will increase your foundational knowledge of climate change, identify curriculum connections, highlight quality resources - and show you how to engage your students in meaningful and positive actions that give them hope for the future. This workshop is designed specifically for Division III and IV teachers. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to be able to access the internet.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD), it's... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

9:00am MST

First Nation Cultural Arts Experience*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will be full experience of body, mind and spirit when it comes to First Nation cultural arts. We will be having important conversations that I feel will be valuable in possibly eliminating cultural appropriation as well as tokenizing First Nation arts. This experience will help you understand the significance of cultural art, the relationship to the land and the significant influence arts can have on identity. I strongly believe that there is a respectful sequence to deliver such representing information. I do focus on land base materials but will be providing more modern art techniques as well. You will also be able to see demonstrations of unique techniques and try a few of them. I have created classroom versions of multiple art forms for experience which you will be able to try as well. We will be having guided discussions of cultural appropriation and proper representation of First Nation arts in the classroom as we do our art samples. Each participant will be taking home lists of supplies for a few of the art techniques that we will be experiencing. I will most likely be providing options for, beading, birchbark biting and baskets, quillwork, fish scale art and leather works. If experiencing First Nations art for the first time, these are activities for all ages and skill levels.

PRE-REGISTRATION BEFORE FEB 5th IS A MUST FOR THIS SESSION DUE TO THE PRESENTER MAILING THE SUPPLIES TO YOU. Make sure to send an email including your name, home address and convention you are attending (CATCA) AND pay $35 by email transfer (password: CATCA2021) to hryuzicapi@gmail.com

*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
avatar for Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi is a proud Dakota/Lakota woman from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Growing up in a Dakota family, Holly has learned a lot about traditional arts, foods and dance. She is a Cultural Arts instructor that has travelled across Canada delivering... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 058

9:00am MST

Learn to Play Guitar: Welcome to the Fellowship of Music *PRE-RECORDED*
Learn to play guitar using simple patterns that even kids can remember. A universal guitar chart will help you learn majors, minors, suspended and 7th chords. You’ll be able to use these chords to learn pop, folk, country and classical songs as well as children’s tunes that you can play in the classroom. This one-time lesson will give you tools that you can build on for years and try everything from Garth to Green Day to Gaga. If you have never played before, this is your chance. You’ll even be able to try the ukulele.

Participants can use the skills in this session to play in the classroom or teach young musicians the basics for guitar. Learning to use a universal chart, simple patterns and common progressions will make your experience a positive one. One of the few things more rewarding that learning guitar is being able to share it with others.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

9:00am MST

Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
In multicultural Canada today people of diverse backgrounds must live and work together. Sometimes in spite of differences, people get along and sometimes they don’t. Often the main reason that people do not get along is the “isms” between them. Racism is perhaps the most obvious and problematic “ism” and can be subtle and difficult to recognize. This workshop is geared to participants who have little or no knowledge of racism, how it operates, the difference between racism and racial discrimination, and how the biases and assumptions they may have internalized could affect their interactions. It is also geared towards those who want to implement systemic change in their work groups and organizations. Many organizational policies state a zero tolerance for racism yet it continues to exist systemically. Self awareness is key to understanding anti-racism personally, and is the foundation for effecting systemic change in organizations. Self awareness is also essential to fostering an inclusive classroom.
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., a Human Rights Educator for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre does presentations at schools and creates resources for the Centre. She is a Board Member of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She also teaches Culture and Diversity... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 059

9:00am MST

An Apple a Day: How technology and the internet affect our health and wellness
Technology and the world-wide-web have opened up the world to connection, information and entertainment, but oh what a tangled web! Did you know that all this texting, tweeting and selfie-taking are having a major impact on your health? Be it email, Facebook, gaming or Googling, our brains, bodies and bank accounts are paying the price for the digital demand. This session will talk about how technology changes our relationships, our thoughts and our behaviors and how we can make sure it is for the good. We will review the basics of staying safe online, and recognize the importance of staying well online…because there’s no app for that.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

9:00am MST

Film Studies and the High School Curriculum
A full day session regarding the process involving integrating film studies as an available option at the high school level. Topics will include curriculum development, the selection of films to show, ethics of film selection, and issues rising in the use of film studies in the school. We will also discuss the benefits of film studies to students that engage with the course. Unit development is also a topic of development and some collaborative development of units will be attempted.

Speakers
DM

Daniel Mills

Dan is a high School teacher in Red Deer Public and has been teaching English and Film studies for the better part of the last 2 decades. He is currently teaching ELA and Film Studies at LTCHS.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 081

9:00am MST

Zen Inspired Landscapes *PRE-RECORDED*
Limited Capacity seats available

You have a choice of how you would like to do this class. If you wish to create the projects you will need materials. You can purchase the supplies and have them mailed no later than two weeks prior to the conference. The cost of the materials is $35.75 including shipping. Alternatively you can bring your own supplies (click here to view) or just watch the video and do the project at a later date.
The handout for this class should be printed on an 11x17 piece of paper. 
Make sure to send an email including your name, home address and convention you are attending (CATCA) AND pay $35.75 by email transfer (password: CATCA2021) to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Artist
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist,calligrapher, and educator from Red Deer, Alberta. She believes the ritualistic practice of art not only nurtures the human spirit, it breaks down barriers and strengthens relationships.In her classes students are challenged to find their... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:25am MST

Take a Five Minute Break
Try a quick workout in five minutes.


Friday February 19, 2021 10:25am - 10:30am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

10:30am MST

Take a Five Minute Break
Need a mental break join Lexi in a Team Ready in Five experience.

Speakers
LP

Lexi Peart

Team Ready in Five


Friday February 19, 2021 10:30am - 10:35am MST
Virtual (Zoom)

10:45am MST

School and Author-Artist Collaborations In the Time of COVID *PRE-RECORDED*
Join award-winning artist, bestselling author, and education advocate Alexis Marie Chute as she shares her round-up of ideas for schools looking for ways to collaborate with artists and writers in their community while maintaining COVID protocols. She discusses project ideas, virtual residencies, cooperative exhibitions, tech options, and multi-disciplinary art incubators. This program emphasizes the importance of collaboration and new ways of looking at programming in the time of COVID. Participants will have the opportunity ask Chute for her author-artist perspective in regards to cooperative ideas for school-community engagement. Group brainstorming will round out the discussion.

The round-up will include art, tech, writing, and cross curricular ideas. The session will also address practical concerns such as safety, funding, and timeline considerations, as well as ways to discover and connect with community creatives.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Basic Electronics and Circuit Fabrication *PRE-RECORDED*
Electronics and simple circuits are engaging, fun and surprisingly simple. Who does not like a blinking LED, annoying buzzer or the shrill chirp of an electronic bird? This session will introduce you to basic electronic components, circuit prototyping and the basics of soldering. The session will focus on the many resources available, virtual and physical, that can be used in your classrooms. The discussed resources will assist in the fulfillment of ELT 1010 course requirements but the activities will easily fit into Middle School Science and Technology Classrooms. Div 1-2 classrooms could use the simpler components discussed. Resources will be shared during the session.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MATERIAL AND VIDEO.

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac is a Robotics and Pre-Engineering teacher at Father Mercredi Science and Technology Center in Fort Mcmurray Alberta. He has a Bachelor Degree in Military Science from Royal Military College, BEd and MEd from Acadia University. He has been teaching for 17 years after a... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Cooking with limitations: Time constraints in the Foods and Nutrition Middle School classroom and how to make it work. *PRE-RECORDED*
Many Middle School Foods Classes have very limiting time constraints. It can be challenging for teachers to create meaningful culinary experiences when we struggle to have time to allow for proper cleaning and sanitization practices not counting the cooking experience. This session will review and demonstrate recipes and classroom practices that create foundational skills students can be completed in a 40 minute block. Recipes are tested and student approved and are easily replicated at home. An emphasis will be placed on budgetary considerations, extensions for longer class times and current limitations due to COVID 19.

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

Teacher, Cooking with Limitations/One Recipe = Multiple Outcomes
Natasha Millan is a foods and nutrition teacher at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She has been teaching foods and nutrition since 2010 and teaches grades 7 through 12 to a wide variety of learners. She holds her Bachelors of Education and a Graduate Diploma... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Introduction to Data Science and Big Data for Educators *PRE-RECORDED*
The ability to critically analyse large sets of data is becoming increasingly important, and there are many applications in education. We will introduce participants to the fundamentals of data science, and look at how you can incorporate data science into your teaching. You will come away with an increased understanding of this topic as well as some practical activities to use in your learning environment.

Link to slideshow using the Callysto Hub (requires Google or Microsoft account): https://tinyurl.com/y2wy2uej

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by competing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending one our sessions!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Data Scientist, Callysto
Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk is a Callysto data scientist and holds a mathematics degree from Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s experienced in creating in-person and online data science lessons for Grades 5-12 students and teachers that spark creativity... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Leading through Resilience: Supporting Youth through their Educational Journey
Join Willem as he shares his experience through the child welfare system, whilst navigating his own educational journey. Learn how he leads through resilience despite hardships he’s faced along the way. Willem Fraser creates an intimate experience with his audience. He will impart the audience with in-depth knowledge and understanding of how best to support youth through their educational journey. He hopes to empower educators through a hopeful message that they can support youth from various walks of life to become leaders of resilience too.

Speakers
avatar for Willem Fraser

Willem Fraser

Willem is a young person with lived experience in the child welfare system. As of current, Willem is currently taking a gap year working as a Downtown Ambassador before pursuing post-secondary education in public safety. In Willem's free time he enjoys volunteering for multiple community... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 073

10:45am MST

Ever Active Schools Feature Presentation: Impactful Student Leadership in the Here and Now
Youth are more than our future! A group of Calgary high school students in an Ever Active Schools program found themselves in the spotlight in April 2020 when their volunteer initiative, The Joy4All Project, received national and international attention for their creative approach to supporting seniors during the pandemic. Since April, their phone hotline has received over 33,500 phone calls from seniors and folks wanting to hear jokes and stories to help them feel connected in difficult times. This student-led project is just one example of how youth leverage their strengths and creativity to positively impact their communities. Join the student leaders behind The Joy4All Project to hear more about how to transform student learning through leadership in your schools. 

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 080

10:45am MST

Building Math Fluency: An Introduction to Singapore Math *PRE-RECORDED*
As demonstrated year after year, and in the 2018 PISA scores, the Singapore approach to math instruction helps students to demonstrate outstanding math achievement. The key to this success lies in the research-proven pedagogy that follows a natural learning progression.

This workshop will cover:

- The role of the Singapore Math approach in building mathematical fluency and number sense
- What Singapore Math looks like in the Canadian classroom

- Developing critical thinking and mathematical mastery in students with Singapore Math

You’ll leave equipped with tools to introduce these approaches in your school right away. Ready-to-use samples and activities will be provided to try in your classroom

DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE

Speakers
TB

Tom Boland

Tom has been an elementary teacher, grades 1 through 8, a school administrator and a Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He is currently a self-employed education consultant working with northern boards and tribal councils across the country. Tom spent... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Concept-based and Colonies*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
The Alberta Colony Educator’s Specialist Council presents a session for Hutterite Colony Educators with a focus on effective concept-based teaching on colonies. This session will also delve into the challenges of teaching in multi-grade environments, effective teaching strategies, and a sharing session to finish off. We hope you join us to learn and collaborate.
*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*

Speakers
RW

Rebecca Webster

Rebecca Webster has taught every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12 over her fourteen year career, the last eleven of which she has been with Prairie Land School Division in rural Alberta educating on Hutterite colonies. This is her fifth year as principal of all nine Hutterite colony... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 062

10:45am MST

Forest Findings: Grow forest education in your classroom
Join Inside Education in this exciting workshop that will teach you how to engage students in meaningful environmental education, in and out of the classroom. Learn how to use Alberta’s forests as a jumping off point for student inquiry, citizen science, environmental action projects, place-based learning and cross-curricular exploration.

Inside Education will guide you through ways that you can bring the forest into the classroom, as well as our own best practices for connecting outdoor experiences to the program of studies. We will demonstrate activities, tools and lessons that feature tree measurements, habitat assessments, forestry practices, land use and more!

Speakers
avatar for Inside Education

Inside Education

Inside Education Society of Alberta
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985!Ask us about our full suite of no-cost teaching resources and programs... Read More →
NG

Natalie Graveline

Inside Education



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

10:45am MST

Comment Développer la capacité de résilience des éléves
Cet atelier pose la question « Comment les enseignants peuvent-ils construire leur propre résilience pour développer et maintenir de bons rapports avec leurs élèves de milieux défavorisés » ? Au cours de l’atelier, les participants sont invités à considérer des façons d’intégrer à leur pratique enseignante la perspective d’une résilience forte et profonde; à examiner leurs perspectives et paradigmes personnels propices à l’établissement de rapports constructifs avec les élèves; et à découvrir de nouvelles idées, ressources et stratégies conformes aux pratiques recommandées par la recherche et qui favorisent la réussite des élèves à l’école et dans la vie.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Felicitas

Nicole Felicitas

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nicole has been an ATA PD Instructor for three years and has joined a small group of Instructors whose main focus is to provide PD on Applying Foundational Knowledge About First Nations, Metis and Inuit. She recently moved back to her hometown of Edmonton to teach gr.5 French Immersion... Read More →
avatar for Megan Sénéchal

Megan Sénéchal

French/Student Engagement, EPSB Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

10:45am MST

Test Anxiety Protocol
If you students are panicky and dysfunctional when a test is placed on their desk, their brain is likely working properly for a cage wrestling match. Let's learn a 5-step process for reducing excessive test anxiety that starts way before the test. Heads up: It involves fun.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Mireau

Vincent Mireau

Teacher & Counselling Psychologist
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065

10:45am MST

My Life as a Student with ADHD
When I was a young child in elementary school there wasn't such a thing as ADHD, but I definitely struggled with it. I was officially diagnosed in my fifties. I always thought I was dumb until I ended up in education. As a teacher for the past 34 years, I’ve always tried to teach the way I like to learn: with lessons that are high interest, fun, active and engaging. Come learn tips and strategies for engaging kinesthetic learners with poor executive functioning. Actually, these ideas help all learners.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

resiliency and happiness principles
Dan Bateman is an Instructor and University Facilitator at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered over 200 professional development sessions for teachers throughout Alberta. These workshops focus on practical strategies for creating productive learning... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

10:45am MST

MINDFITNESS Workouts: A Revolutionary Approach To Fitness
It’s taken me over 20 years to create MINDFITNESS Workouts (Mindfulness + Fitness) which is a revolutionary approach to fitness where we connect the body and mind through movement and breath.
Getting into shape is like building a house. First you have to lay down the foundation and build a stable solid base and then you can progress from there. Far too often training becomes all about getting your heart rate up high and pushing yourself to lift heavier weights without proper form, resulting in injury, having to stop activity and eventually get treatment. I’ve seen this pattern over and over again. With proper training and mindful movement you can go back to and continue to do the things you love to do.
During this session I focus on building a strong stable solid base, functional movement patterns with an emphasis on correcting body imbalances, proper form, posture and addressing weaknesses which often lead to injury.
Coming together online is a safe and super fun way for us to connect, get into shape and leave you feeling energized, refreshed and grounded as each session also ends with a meditation.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Webinar 3000-4

10:45am MST

Writing that Stirs the Heart *PRE-RECORDED*
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use creative writing in two important ways. First, as an introspective, self-care tool to mend, strengthen and restore joy to the writer’s heart. See how words can foster a renewed sense of peace, passion and purpose. Secondly, how to craft stronger writing, tell captivating stories, and communicate powerfully to move the hearts of readers. Writing styles of focus include: free writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction.
Participants should come prepared to write alongside presenter and award-winning author and artist Alexis Marie Chute. She will teach participants how to approach any artistic endeavor with mindfulness and freedom.
The writing styles presented—free writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction—will be discussed for their potential for personal expression, self-discovery, reflection, and as vehicles to share experiences with others and tell meaningful stories. Chute will introduce each style and outline how-to’s to ensure a positive writing experience. She will share how she used writing in her own personal journey, her struggle with depression, and the loss of her son, Zachary—as well as the breakthroughs that she experienced.
This workshop will be spent learning and writing as participants are given time to try each of the writing styles in guided exercises, as well as share their work.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Powwow! Ochîwin the Origins *PRE-RECORDED*
This will be a pre-recorded session of both Patrick and Marrisa in the exhibition setting doing a talk on their curated exhibit Powwow! Ochîwin the Origins. A powwow is an Indigenous celebration of life. The exhibit at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, showcases the regalia of the seven dance styles of powwow. The regalia were created by 11 Indigenous artists, and the video will showcase each regalia up close to view the time, craftsmanship and talent involved in each piece. Patrick and Marrisa will speak on the origin stories of the powwow and the origin stories of the seven traditional dance styles. There has been a resurgence of powwows since 1951 when the government lifted the ban on powwow ceremonies in the Indian Act. Patrick and Marrisa will share their own personal stories on how the powwow has been a source of healing in their own lives.

Speakers
PM

Patrick Mitsuing

Professional development for all staff. We hope that by sharing our journey others may learn and develop similar models of support within their school communities.


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Mental Health for Life *PRE-RECORDED*
Covid-19 has changed everything. The ways we learn, work, connect and live have all
transformed into a churning post pandemic tsunami of change. So what to do? How about
investing some of your precious online virtual keynote time laughing and learning with someone
who has spent a lifetime apprenticing and mastering how to overcome mental health challenge. At the age of eight Stuart Ellis-Myers started his lifelong journey with anxiety, depression, ADD
and the neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome. Today 50 years later, Stuart has uncontrollably
twitched 30 million times offering a wealth of immediately usable insights and actions which
have both inspired and equipped millions on how to turn MENTAL HEALTH into MENTAL
WEALTH

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Ellis-Myers

Stuart Ellis-Myers

Stuart Myers is the world’s only funny, inspirational, motivational keynote speaker who loves to ‘positively traumatize™’ audiences. On 863+ conference stages located across North America, Australia and Europe, delegates enjoy fits of laughter while learning how to become... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Lyrical Lessons: Using Music In Language Arts
Taking a look at music you may have heard a hundred times but never really listened to, this workshop will dive deeper into the meaning behind the melodies. Using hits through the ages, Analyzing the different strategies we can learn from these timeless tunes, we will discuss techniques and examples to teach poetry, creative writing, and literary devices. Whether we’re looking at enduring classics or present-day pop hits, this workshop will give you an arsenal of toe-tapping material to pull the students into the literary arts!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 061

10:45am MST

Courage Journey
Courage Journey’ is the tag we use for our workshops & performances that promote positive mental health, inclusion, diversity and equity. This session will introduce our ONLINE and offline programs bringing meaningful puppetry into classrooms. Step by step instruction for hands-on projects, ideas on curriculum links, resources, assessment strategies as well as sharing our favourite books, e.g., Colour Monster, We’ll also have a bit of fun - for our own mental wellbeing!

Speakers
avatar for W.P. Puppet Theatre Society

W.P. Puppet Theatre Society

Artistic Director, WP Puppet Theatre
WP Puppet Theatre uses the power of puppetry to impact positive social change. Through our puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances we inspire, challenge, empower, support expression, and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants. Our inaugural online course... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 070

10:45am MST

Building Mastery of Basic Math Facts
Are you looking for a new approach to teach basic facts or simply want to improve on your current approach? In this session we will cover key concepts that help students easily master basic facts, all part of the Thinking Strategies series. This includes ‘chunking” facts into groups for ease of learning, efficient thinking strategies for each chunk, and John Van de Walle’s concept of mastery. Participants will work in groups to engage, examine, and explore these concepts.

Speakers
RK

Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught accounting at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education and has done sessions at NCTCA and CCTCA. She... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

10:45am MST

Developing Fluency with Multiplicative Thinking
Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. Students need to be able to use that number sense to understand how multiplication and division work in order to develop fluency with basic facts. Fluency is shown through the ability to think efficiently, accurately and flexibly, and to have a variety of strategies to choose from. This is done through active thinking and not through memorization. This session will provide you with a variety of ideas to implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant for the Central Alberta Regional Consortium. She has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has earned her Master's Degree in the Science of Education focusing on the Art and Science of Teaching. Her focus over... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 063

10:45am MST

An Activist Music Classroom
In this session, we will look at ways that we can transform our music rooms into spaces where students can actively engage with social justice issues. The focus will be on creating, responding and exploring for both online and in person experiences. Teachers will walk away with tools to use in their classrooms as well as considerations for how we can adapt our spaces to be more open to student, school and community engagement. This session will also provide information on the Fine Arts Council, a specialist council of the ATA.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Friesen Wiens

Kim Friesen Wiens

An Activist Music Classroom, Fine Arts Council
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 is also the music representative for the ATA Fine Arts Council and serves as editor of A Fine Facta, which... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

10:45am MST

Stump the Chaplain!
Having spent 23+ years working with teenagers in Churches and schools, Evergreen chaplain Mike Landry has answered a lot of student questions. He knows that at the same time, teachers often have a number of questions of their own - on scripture, Church, worship, and so on.

This session is your chance to ask Mike anything relating to the Christian faith, and he'll answer it for you - and he'll point you to ten of the most useful resources he's found when faced with difficult questions from students, colleagues, and his own life experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 060

10:45am MST

Assessment in the High School Classroom during The Plague
Hey. Let's meet and chat about the assessment we are using during these trying times. Jason Zackowski will chair the meeting, in which small groups will form and then break off to brainstorm and share ideas/resources tailored to assessment. After meeting, sharing and developing new assessments the team may return and share what they have discovered in a jigsaw type procedure.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 075

10:45am MST

Explore community, leadership, global cooperation, and sustainable agriculture with a short film
In this session, we will watch Common Strength, a 23-minute documentary which follows Lucy, a farmer from Kenya, who welcomes Colleen, a farmer from Canada, to her home for a week. The film touches on a variety of topics that are found in curriculum of many subjects and grade levels. After the film, we will present and discuss the accompanying Student Viewing Guide which is appropriate for classroom or home-based learning for students in grades 6 – 12. This guide proposes various discussion and research questions related to 5 themes: women’s leadership & empowerment, agriculture, sustainability, citizen & community participation, and global cooperation. The guide also includes extension activities for math and cooking. The documentary and guide are a free resource online produced by Canadian Food grains Bank.

Speakers
RG

Roberta Gramlich

Senior Public Engagement Officer, Educators Program, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Roberta Gramlich works as a Senior Public Engagement Officer for Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In her role, she provides learning resources and opportunities for educators to better understand issues related to global hunger so that they can better engage youth on such issues. She has... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 071

10:45am MST

Hey, That’s Not Fair – Students Take Action for Democracy*PRE-RECORDED*
Often students are exposed to issues that seem impossible to resolve. Hope is fostered when students understand that they have the power to influence issues important to them. Strong democracies require citizens who are active, engaged and work in solidarity to address injustices and to stand up for the principles of democracy. This workshop features the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education’s new teaching unit titled Citizens in Action: More Than Just Voters. It challenges students to consider active engagement that goes beyond just voting periodically. Various lessons encourage students to examine current issues and then find ways to address ones that matter to them. The unit, while aimed primarily at grade six, has applications for social studies outcomes from grades 4 to 12. Attendees will receive the resource.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara L Maheu

Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu, a social studies and drama teacher, currently develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She worked as an executive staff officer in professional development for the Alberta Teachers' Association. She has developed and delivered resources... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

The Effectiveness (& Joy!) of Movement *PRE-RECORDED*
Moving the body is good not only for physical health, but mental, spiritual and emotional health as well. Come experience creative, expressive movement that’s safe, easy to do and offers many benefits. Learn The Brain Dance (a technique to help students improve performance, focus and co-ordination), the principles of Nia and more in this fun session with Tina Thrussell, the Feel Good Lady. Great tools for your personal well-being, as well as for improving student performance. Note: This session includes dance-based movement, so dress comfortably (in layers) and bring a water bottle.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

Self-Care for Sanity, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as, "The Feel Good Lady." This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

10:45am MST

Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
Learn how to use Minecraft Education Edition (MEE) to engage your students in a world they know and love. Minecraft gets students excited about curricular content and builds a community in your classroom. Find prebuilt worlds and lesson plans for Math, Chemistry, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies for all age groups. Bring students together in class or school wide build challenges. Assess student learning, accessibility tools built in so all students can participate and learn.

By the end of this session, you will:
• Understand the differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Education Edition
• Learn how to get Minecraft Education Edition running in your school.
• Get some ideas about how to use Minecraft to engage students in different curricular areas (math, science, language arts, and more)
• Learn about the accessibility tools built into Minecraft Education Edition
• Understand how to assess student work in Minecraft Education Edition
• Learn more about the built-in code builder in Minecraft!
• Try Minecraft Education Edition yourself by going through a pre-built coding lesson yourself.
• Leave the session with some great resources to continue your learning and start using Minecraft with your students!

Speakers
avatar for Dexter Pizzey

Dexter Pizzey

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft
Dexter Pizzey is a certified Microsoft Innovative Master trainer and Minecraft Education Edition trainer. He has been working with Microsoft for over 7 years and has been in the role of Community Development Specialist for Edmonton for three. In his roles at Microsoft, he has trained... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 072

10:45am MST

Re-Energy: A STEAM-Based Renewable Energy Program
Renewable energy technologies are increasingly replacing non-renewable sources of energy around the world. It is important that students understand the impact of energy use on climate change and the trajectory of the evolving energy industry. This workshop will provide grade 4-12 educators with a step by step guide, including learning material, such as worksheets and construction plans, on how to engage students in hands-on learning as they explore renewable energy technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Howlett

Sidney Howlett

Engagement Manager, GreenLearning
Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has a diverse professional background leading outreach to post-secondary students, teaching in elementary and French immersion schools across Ontario and establishing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 068

12:05pm MST

Take a Five Minute Break
Try a quick workout in five minutes.


Friday February 19, 2021 12:05pm - 12:10pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:15pm MST

Take a Five Minute Break
Need a mental break join Lexi in a Team Ready in Five experience.

Speakers
LP

Lexi Peart

Team Ready in Five


Friday February 19, 2021 12:15pm - 12:20pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:30pm MST

Mixed media project- Spring Garden
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore the world of both two- and three-dimensional media such as pencil, colored pencil and acrylic paint to add dimension and to create a spring garden scene and a forest scene. The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) are suitable for all grade levels and abilities.

PRE-REGISTRATION BEFORE FEB 12th IS A MUST FOR THIS SESSION DUE TO THE PRESENTER MAILING THE SUPPLIES TO YOU. Make sure to send an email including your name, home address and convention you are attending (CATCA) AND pay $15 by email transfer (password: CATCA2021) to christina.dixon@cssd.ab.ca

Here is the list of supplies if you miss the opportunity to pre-register.
 
1 white canvas (9x12)
 
flat brush size 12 or 14
round brush size 6 or 8
 
Acrylic paints: 1 tube of each: lemon yellow, vermilion, cerulean blue, ultramarine, sap green, viridian green, burnt sienna, titanium white, and black.
 
2 water containers 
A rag 
2-3 sheets of paper towel 
A notebook for taking notes
Pencil 
Eraser 
Scissors 
A paint palette or a white paper plate or a piece of wax paper
Hair dryer 

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066

12:30pm MST

Programming Languages in Robotics *PRE-RECORDED*
Robotics and simple Robot platforms have made their way into many of our classrooms. Controlling these new additions to our spaces can be intimidating and confusing when faced with the seemingly endless list of Programming Language options. This session will focus on several of the available languages and their associated software tools. Such Robotic Programming Languages as Python, Scratch, Labview, Java, C, C++ and Blockly will be discussed, as well as their associated Robot platforms. This session will target teachers new to programming but teachers currently engaged in Robot programming can still benefit from the discussion and shared resources.

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac is a Robotics and Pre-Engineering teacher at Father Mercredi Science and Technology Center in Fort Mcmurray Alberta. He has a Bachelor Degree in Military Science from Royal Military College, BEd and MEd from Acadia University. He has been teaching for 17 years after a... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Agriculture Education for the Next Generation of Stewards
Join Inside Education as we explore how agriculture connects land, water, food, and people to form the basis for endless learning. We will demonstrate how incorporating agriculture into your lessons can liven up your classroom with real-world examples of science, technology, innovation and stewardship.

Inside Education will guide you through several approaches and best practices to agriculture education with classroom activities, project ideas, and access to no-cost resources including learning gardens and project grants. We will share valuable information to give you the tools you need to engage your students in agriculture stewardship, citizen science, and civic action, empowering you to meaningfully incorporate agriculture into your curriculum across multiple grades and subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Inside Education

Inside Education

Inside Education Society of Alberta
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985!Ask us about our full suite of no-cost teaching resources and programs... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 067

12:30pm MST

Teaching Media Literacy Using CIVIX Resources *PRE-RECORDED*
In this era of “truth decay” it is vital for students to be able to discern what is quality information versus disinformation. CIVIX provides a plethora of resources for teachers to use in their classroom to help teach a variety of media literacy skills. I will share with you how I adapted those resources for the limited time I have in my classroom to focus on this important issue. You will be given digital access to my lessons, so you can create short daily activities or a full week unit you can start using right away.

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 →


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Role-Playing Games in the Classroom *PRE-RECORDED*
Interested in Role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons or Shadowrun? Want to bring these types of games into the classroom? For the past two years I have been running a Dungeon and Dragons inspired adventure in my Grade 5 classroom. This won't just talk about the "WHY" you should bring this into the classroom, but also, the "HOW". I'll take you through my failures, successes, changes I would make, scheduling, etc. Whether you have been playing these games for years, or have never played a session before in your life, hopefully you can use this information to take back to your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Brant Driedger

Brant Driedger

Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
Grade 5-8 Teacher at Elk Island Catholic Schools.


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

The Collaborative Classroom
Now more than ever, the skill of collaboration is vital for workplaces, and classrooms are no exception. In times of stress, change and challenge (e.g. following disasters, school crisis, and navigating/living through a pandemic) it is likely that conflict will increase, and collaboration will be tested. For students in high school, collaboration and conflict resolution is an essential life skill and one that can help students be more prepared (and experience more success) in the workplace. In this interactive workshop, teachers will learn how to create a Collaborative Classroom, how to translate Charmaine's Working Better Together principles into action including: creating a Classroom Collaboration Agreement, the 5 essential skills and a Collaboration Road Map. Attendees will also receive a 5 step model to turn conflicts into conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond

Collaboration & Sponsorship Expert, Raise A Dream
Charmaine is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and a Certified Virtual Presenter and has presented to more than 400,000 people in person and close to that many through virtual and online events. Charmaine has presented to many teaching professionals over the past 25 years, has... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 072

12:30pm MST

Attendance, Indigeneity, and Cultural Anxiety*THIS SESSION IS CANCELLED*
THIS SESSION GOT CANCELLED DUE TO THE PRESENTER GETTING ILL
PLEASE EMAIL: catcaprogramchair@gmail.com for the presentation slides and study. YOU CAN CONTACT THE PRESENTER BY REACHING OUT TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS:tfowler@ucalgary.ca

This session will share information from research completed to unravel barriers to attendance experienced by First Nations students living on reserve and attending an off-reserve school. Measures put in place to support students and families by the Attendance Innovation Campaign at Rocky View Schools were not meeting the needs of this specific community. Research conducted by the University of Calgary examined these barriers faced by families and what was revealed was a sense of anxiety experienced by both families and school staff. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the new TQS/LQS, have offered direction for schools to be more inclusive to First Nations students, however, there remains a divide that is built on historical distrust as well as misrecognition of the barriers students face. In this session, we will share data from the study as well as offer participants tools to engage in professional development that participants can take with them to their schools to address cultural anxiety.

Speakers