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Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4) [clear filter]
Thursday, February 18
 

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)

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)

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

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

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
 
Friday, February 19
 

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

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

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

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
avatar for Teresa Anne Fowler

Teresa Anne Fowler

Dr. Teresa Anne Fowler is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary.


Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 069

12:30pm MST

Ici, tout le monde est le bienvenu-enseigner dans une classe interculturelle
Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.

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.
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 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual (Zoom)

12:30pm MST

Eradicate Apathy!
Practical Principles for Engaging Students

Once the cause and effect principles of effective practice are understood we know how to engage students. This workshop will provide teachers with instructional tools and learning strategies designed to engage students. Learn practical strategies and effective approaches that will help struggling and reluctant students to be more productive. While many of the strategies come from the field of inclusive education, they can be used with all students.

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 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 074

12:30pm MST

Communication strategies – Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in our everyday lives
From the dawn of human evolution, communication has been the essential skill that helped the human race evolve. Unfortunately, throughout our history, instead of open and honest communication, humanity’s focus has been on the struggle for power and control that has led to communication breakdown, that ultimately has led to global conflict, racism, xenophobia and bigotry.

In this session, you will explore how proper communication strategies will help you defuse tense situations in the workplace and in the classroom. Using examples from her professional and personal life, Maria will provide you with tools that will transform the theoretical and scientific nature of emotional intelligence (EQ) into practical tools to be used personally and professionally.

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 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 055

12:30pm MST

Drama in the Classroom
This will be a fun, hands-on workshop so be prepared to play!
Using theatre games, speech exercises, movement and text, this hands-on workshop will focus on implementing drama activities into your classroom to enhance Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and more. 
This session will address the cognitive and social benefits in incorporating drama into your lessons and will spark lots of creative ideas for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Carroll

Tracy Carroll

Co-Artistic Director, Concrete Theatre
Tracy Carroll is the new Co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, an award winning professional touring theatre company based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, teacher and producer for over 20 years including 6 years as the Artistic Associate- North for... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057

2:15pm MST

Managing Perfectionism with Fun
Perfectionism is not the monster we think it is, but it certainly needs some training and management to be useful in life. This session is for practically helping the young learners who melt down when their grand dreams of perfection are dashed by the cold harsh truth of reality. (i.e.. 7 year old smashes Mother's Day craft because it was only 87% how they imagined it)

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 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
CATCA Virtual Room 065