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Thursday, February 18
 

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)

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

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
 
Friday, February 19
 

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 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
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers' Association's Professional Development program area. Among Dan's main responsibilities are leading the ATA's Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (DEHR) work, supporting the teachers' conventions in Southern... Read More →


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

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

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

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)

12:30pm MST

Intersectionality - Walking a Tightrope
Diversity, human rights and inclusion are highlighted in this talk on Intersectionality.
In this talk Dr Michael Marshall explores the overlapping identities that contribute to our personhood and selves and how those interact to create disadvantage in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) individuals in schools. He looks to show how changes can be made in school systems to highlight and celebrate difference while leveling the playing field for all persons in schools.

This can be a keynote or plenary talk that provides insight and education while challenging views on the systemic nature of prejudice and exclusion. Dr Marshall is able to tie in many diverse but inter-related themes that will leave educators better equipped to manage the environment in which we currently exist.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Michael Marshall

Dr Michael Marshall

Dr Michael Marshall, MBBS, MRCPsych, PgDip (Mental Health Law), CCT (Psychiatry), is a psychiatrist with a special interest in transgender and 2SLGBTQ+ health and wellness. Dr Marshall is a clinician at heart and has been engaged with various projects related to the wellness of the... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Webinar 1000-4

12:30pm MST

Challenging our Story of Canada Timeline Activity: Looking at the Roots of Change.*WILL NOT BE REOCRDED*
Limited Capacity filling up

The Challenging Our Story of Canada
Timeline activity is a great opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the diverse stories that make up Canadian history and encourage dialogue on the evolution of citizenship and inclusion. In this activity, participants reflect on milestones in Canadian history and culture and reflect on their own connection to Canada. This exercise helps participants to understand power and privilege within a Canadian context and reflect on the roots of oppression, exclusion, and colonization that contribute to issues that exist in our society today. We will explore some positive stories of resistance and resilience in these communities and reflect on which areas have made significant progress and in which areas that we as a country need to do better.
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED DUE TO THE INTERACTIVITY THAT WILL OCCUR.

Speakers
CB

Chelsea Burke

Education Coordinator, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Chelsea Burke is the Education Lead with John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. She has a degree in Education from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social Studies. She has a great passion for pursuing social justice through education and community building that... Read More →
avatar for Maigan van der Giessen

Maigan van der Giessen

Creative Lead and Education Programmer, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Maigan van der Giessen is Arts Lead and Program Facilitator, working with The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights for over a decade. Maigan uses participatory arts in collaboration with the community to document and educate on human rights issues locally. Through her work... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 056

2:15pm MST

The Importance of Ethics in Data Science: How Students and Teachers can Learn the Importance of Being Human Through Computational Thinking *PRE-RECORDED*
Make mistakes, accept failure, persevere, collaborate, empathize and consider someone else’s perspective! K-12 students are encouraged to be human in their everyday learning environments. However, integrating learning design to develop these learning outcomes is a lot harder to do. Open data science and open source programming is premised on the idea of a shared learning commons, where people intentionally share information so others can build new knowledge and expand learning beyond isolated computer files, research labs or classroom walls. This presentation will focus on how open data and being part of the open source community amplifies human-centered learning by bridging technology human interactions. Considering ethical perspectives in data science, computational thinking strategies will be used as a framework to guide human-centered critical thinking.

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SESSION.

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Haley

Bryce Haley

Data Science Intern, Callysto
Bryce is a Callysto data scientist intern and has a Bachelor of Science with majors in computing science and mathematics from Simon Fraser University. He got introduced to the Callysto project through SFU – he was hired to help a SFU math professor develop a Callysto notebook about... Read More →


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

2:15pm MST

Global Citizenship in the Time of Global Crises*THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED*
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.

Global Citizenship in the Time of Global Crises
NOTE: This session requires active and live participation. A virtual whiteboard will be used.  This is best used from a laptop with a keyboard and mouse.

The Covid-19 crises experienced over the year has called into question how we engage and interact with each other in our communities. But has the crises caused us to retreat from our global obligations, or has it renewed a sense of global citizenship and responsibility?
In this facilitated discussion led by staff of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, teachers will discuss the 'teachable moment' we have in front of us global citizenship educators, and discuss strategies to motivate and guide students toward more, not less, action as global citizens. Case studies of Alberta organizations, who responded to the crises, will be provided as exemplars that can be used with students to model the positive way Albertans responded in this global crises.

Why is this session relevant
There is a Signiant need for teachers to spend time debriefing the Covid-19 crises, and discussing the 'what next', for our communities, our students, and our schools. Citizenship is a competency in the Alberta Curriculum, and this crises particularly highlights the need for teachers to be guiding students towards more, not less, global understanding and engagement. This will be a open space for teachers wrestling with this topic, professionally, and personally, to come together in open dialogue and exchange.


Speakers
avatar for Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, the coalition of international aid charities and global citizenship education institutions in Alberta. Previous to becoming the Executive Director, Leah spent five years as ACGC’s Program Manager... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 081