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School Leadership (LQS 1-9) [clear filter]
Thursday, February 18
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)
 
Friday, February 19
 

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

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

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 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

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

12:30pm MST

Reconnecting to Your Calling: Moving From Teacher Well-being to Being Well as Teachers *PRE-RECORDED*
Beyond a job, teaching is a calling. This workshop provides a snapshot of well-being science that invites educators and leaders to build and sustain a practice of well-being within that calling. Participants will experience tools that can help create a ripple effect of impact for themselves and their students. Moving beyond self-care strategies and a focus on teacher stress, we will discuss both individual and organizational opportunities to help shift the tide from burning out to burning in.

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey

Supporting Healthy School Communities
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 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

12:30pm MST

Self-Care for Sanity *PRE-RECORDED*
Avoid burn-out! Everyone learns more through example, than words. This full day session provides interactive experiences that illuminate the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness, to help teachers truly embrace self-care so they are at their best for their students & families, role-modelling HOW to be in the world, as much as what to do. Teachers learn how to create windows of peace and calm in their day, to be a peaceful influence in their classroom, to keep themselves healthy – mentally, physically and emotionally.

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 12:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Online (Pre-Recording)

2:15pm MST

Health is Wealth: How to Live a Balanced Life *PRE-RECORDED*
We live in an increasingly fast paced, social media driven society, in which stress can become an issue- at times even fatal. Please join author, podcaster and speaker Mike Pickles in a highly engaging session, in which he explores the Wellness Wheel, offering practical strategies on how to live a more fulfilling, balanced lifestyle.

Specifically, you'll leave Mike’s session feeling informed, inspired and empowered for personal change. In the words of J. Stanford, “Health is a state of body, but wellness is a state of being.” Don't forget that health is wealth.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pickles

Mike Pickles

Speaker, Author, Educator & Podcaster, New Beginnings Consultant
Mike A. Pickles hails from scenic Nova Scotia. He has been teaching for 27 years in the K-12 system, an Administrator, as well as the School Board and College level. He was fortunate enough to teach in all three of Canada’s northern territories; the Yukon, the Northwest Territories... Read More →


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