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

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!

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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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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

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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 →
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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)

12:30pm MST

Attendance, Indigeneity, and Cultural Anxiety*THIS SESSION IS CANCELLED*
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.

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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.

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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.
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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

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

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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