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					NORTHEAST TEACHERS’ CONVENTION
           of the Alberta Teachers’ Association

      Thursday February 16th, 2012

     Education beyond the Classroom:
       Teachers as Nation Builders!




        Opening Keynote Speakers
       Dr. Yong Zhao, Françoise Ruban
                Father Tony Ricard

               Feature Speakers
          Barry Litun, Peter Liljedahl

          Special Musical Performance
                     HOJA

          Closing Keynote Speaker
                   Murray Banks


   Mayfield Inn - 16615 109 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
          http://netca.teachers.ab.ca
                    Three Opening Keynote Presenters
                                 9:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. - Group A
                                Aspen View, Fort Vermilion, Greater St. Paul


                                10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. – Group B
                               Lakeland Catholic, Northland, Northern Lights




                                        Dr. Yong Zhao
                                 Catching up or Leading the Way:
                               Education in the Age of Globalization

At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is
test-driven education reform headed down the right path? Will standards and accountability
bring significant improvement to our education systems? Are schools emphasizing the
knowledge and skills that students need in a global society--or are they actually undermining
their strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization? Are education
systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim?

In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao addresses these and other questions based on his new
book of the same title. Born and raised in China and now a professor at Michigan State
University, Zhao bases many of his observations on extensive research and firsthand
experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United
States. His unique perspective leads him to conclude that “North American education is at a
crossroads” and “we need to change course” to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing
world. This Opening Keynote session repeats at 10:45.

Dr. Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the
University of Oregon. Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational
agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries on six continents. His current work focuses on designing
21st Century Schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zhao has published over 20 books and
100 articles


Speaker:       Dr. Yong Zhao
Room:          Robson/Rundle
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1 Chairperson: April Koziol, Northern Lights Local
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2 Chairperson: Rachelle Allen, Lakeland Catholic Local
                          Father Tony Ricard
                             Have You Seen Him?
Each day, we are given the chance to encounter the Lord. But, I wonder how
many times has Jesus Christ tried to visit us and we missed seeing Him for
who He really was. As the teachers, preachers, staff and administrators in
Catholic Schools, it is our common call to search for Christ in the least
expected places.

This exciting and interactive presentation will focus on finding Christ in the
great world of Academia! It will also discuss the purpose of Catholic Schools
and our role as the recognized “Elders” of Catholic communities.

Fr. Tony is a native of New Orleans. He is a former New Orleans Public School
teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from
Loyola University. He also has a master of Theology degree from Xavier
University’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies and a Master of Divinity degree
from Notre Dame Seminary.


This Opening Keynote session repeats at 10:45. Delegates may only attend this
session once. Please let other delegates have a chance to attend!heir jobs." We
need people who will pull together to get the job done." -Brenda Robinson

Speaker:       Father Tony Richard
Room:          Palisades
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1 Chairperson:  Kim Barrie, Lakeland Catholic Local
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2 Chairperson: Yvan Beaudoin, Greater St. Paul Local
                                  Françoise Ruban
                             The World Has Enough Sheep!
From Mongolia to Malawi, from Ghana to Guyana, Alberta teachers have long served
teaching colleagues across many parts of the globe. What we do overseas, where we do
it, with whom and how you can become involved is the focus of this session. Specific
attention will be focused on the 2011-2012 CTF Project Overseas initiative. This
interactive presentation will focus on the current hopes and challenges facing the
Alberta Teachers’ Association’s International Assistance Program. A current overview
of new and ongoing initiatives will be given and participants will discover how their
personal contribution of time and expertise can impact our work with teachers and
students internationally.

This session will be presented in French for the first session and in English
during the second session. This session will repeat at 10:45.

Professional philosophy: The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches but to reveal to
him his own. Benjamin Disraeli

Françoise Ruban is an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development Program Area within the
Alberta Teachers’ Association. Her current dossiers include mentorship, French education and international
assistance among others.

Françoise’s teaching and administrative career spans over 25 years within the elementary, secondary and
post-secondary levels, urban and rural communities in Alberta as well as overseas where she has taught in
Germany, Ghana and in China.

Recipient of a national Excellence in Teaching Award from the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers
(Association Canadienne des Professeurs en Éducation), Françoise is particularly interested in issues
pertaining to second language education, social justice as well as issues in international development and
teacher education, and women in leadership.

Speaker:       Françoise Ruban
Room:          Logan
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1 Chairperson: Nancy Crousset, Lakeland Catholic Local
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2 Chairperson: Kimberly Pretty, Fort Vermilion Local
FIRST SMALL GROUP SESSIONS – Thursday morning
Pool B - Lakeland Catholic, Northland, Northern Lights
Pool A – Other delegates are in one of the opening keynote sessions
9:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

SECOND SMALL GROUP SESSIONS – Thursday morning
Pool A – Aspen View, Fort Vermilion, Greater St. Paul
Pool B – Other delegates are in one of the opening keynote sessions
10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

Spencer Speaks – An Experience that You will Never Forget

My name is Spencer Beach and I learned that sometimes tragedy chooses you for no reason at
all. On a day like any other, just doing my job, I found myself suddenly engulfed in a flash fire.
It came with a whistle and a bang changing my life within the blink of an eye. Within twenty
seconds, I received third and fourth degree burns to 90 percent of my body. I fought through
the fire to escape, to live even though I thought I was going to die. Holding onto the fading
thoughts of my wife and the developing child within her womb gave me the courage to find a
way out. But I had no idea of what survival meant.

Experience my struggle through the fire and for survival, first hand. This is a journey that
began on an average day and carried me to the brink of death. Relive with me the flames from
an explosion, and the fourteen months in hospital as I overcame a 5 percent chance to live.
Learn from my pain and hardships, from my disabilities and from my recovery; and most
importantly, learn how simple mistakes can lead to tragic events changing many lives in the
process... mistakes that can be easily avoided.

This is a presentation you will never forget; based on experiences I will always remember. This
session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Spencer Beach
Room           Emerald
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1 Chairperson: Randy Proskiw, District Representative NE
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2 Chairperson: Patrick Duffy, District Representative NW

Mental Toughness: A Concept for Our Times

Tough times require tough-minded people. Schools need to focus on turning out resilient,
hardy and mentally tough students who are more likely to stay in school and perform under
pressure. Schools in the United Kingdom train students to use the concept of mental
toughness to help improve classroom performance and lower dropout rates. This concept has
also been used as a bullying intervention because people who are trained to meet challenges
and stay in control tend to have increased resistance to the effects of bullying. There is a clear
link between positive behavior and a student’s level of mental toughness. This session will be
an introduction and exploration of this concept and its usefulness as a construct in the
classroom. This session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Jay Hetherington
Room:          Amethyst
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1 Chairperson: Nav Attewel, Aspen View Local
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2 Chairperson: Stephanie McKay, Fort Vermilion Local
My Heroes Have Always Been Indians:

My Heroes Have Always Been Indians is unique book because it highlights the often overlooked
contribution that Aboriginal people have made to Alberta society. It has two parts: the first is
an historical, cultural and demographic synopsis of Aboriginal peoples in Alberta. The second
part highlights the contributions of 100 role models in short biographies and photographs.
They contributed to Arts, Literature, Commerce, Community Development, Cultural Identity,
Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Justice/Law, Leadership, Military
Service, Politics, Sports, Technology, Traditional Knowledge, Tourism, Volunteerism, and
Women's Issues. This session repeats at 10:45.

Dr. Cora Voyageur is an associate professor in the sociology department at the University of Calgary. She earned a
Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Alberta where her dissertation explored Aboriginal people and their involvement
with the Employment Equity Act. Her research focuses on the Aboriginal experience in Canada and includes women’s
issues, politics, employment, media, and economic development. She has conducted extensive community-initiated
research with many First Nations and Aboriginal organization. Dr. Voyageur is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan
First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

Speaker:       Dr. Cora Voyageur
Room           Maligne
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1 Chairperson: Karen Gamble, Fort Vermilion Local
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2 Chairperson: Christine Brown, Northland Local

Assessing What’s Hard to Measure

While educators are in agreement as to the importance of helping students acquire 21st
century skills, there appears to be less agreement in regard to how such skills could be
assessed. Since we are already well into the 21st century, coming to such an understanding
takes on an increased measure of importance! Through a case study approach, participants
will examine a variety of ways to assess skills that can’t easily be measured using traditional
assessment techniques. Support materials available through the AAC website will be
highlighted. This session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Pat Lore
Room:          Morraine
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1 Chairperson: Fred Kirby, Fort Vermilion Local
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2 Chairperson: Lenore Lamouche, Aspen View Local

The Senses and the Mind

This talk is pertinent to anyone interested in psychology, philosophy, constructing a more accurate world
view or just watching really cool video clips of animal (including human) behaviour. Our senses and mind
construct a model of reality which we then project onto the external world - carelessly calling the model
“reality”. Bias plays both an essential and a fallible role in our conception of reality. It is pervasive in
sense receptors, neurons, hormones, images, emotions, thoughts, perspectives and world view.

Understanding the inherent role of bias in ourselves can help us discern a more accurate external
“reality”. Concepts include: Associative Architecture of the Brain, Memory, Priming, Framing, Innate/
Experience, Attention, Colour, Various Intelligences, Hebb's Rule, Synaesthesia, Neuroplasticity Cognitive
and Motivational Biases, Inattentional Blindness, Change Blindness and Accessibility Heuristic This
session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:             Greg Hunter
Room           Banff
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1 Chairperson: Shannon Simpson, Northern Lights Local
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2 Chairperson: Sarah DeGiacomo, Northland Local

Teaching Students Who Live in Poverty

Educators who teach children from poverty know these students have different needs when
coming to school. Understanding the culture they live in and knowing strategies that work best
for these students is critical to teaching and learning. Many years of experience, reading and
looking at the research have given me important knowledge to help these children be more
successful at school. I would like to share this knowledge so you can empower and enable
these students to be the best they can be. This session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Anthony Kernaghan
Room           Jasper
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1 Chairperson:  Christine Yurko, Great St. Paul Local
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2 Chairperson: Karie Becker, Fort Vermilion Local

Numeracy Tasks (Grades 7-9) 9:00 until 10:10

With the latest curriculum revisions numeracy has taken on a more prominent role within the
grades 7 to 9 curriculum. But exactly what is this thing that we call numeracy? In this
workshop we will examine this notion of numeracy and how it is different than mathematics.
Participants will engage in, and leave with, a number of grades 7-9 numeracy tasks for use in
meeting the curriculum's demand for attainment of this elusive, yet important, learning
outcome. This session is brought to you by the Learning Network, one of the Alberta Consortia,
as well as NETCA.

This session does not repeat! Any delegate may attend this session at this time!

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an
associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
His research interests are focused on the professional growth of mathematics teachers in general, and the
role that beliefs play in this growth in particular. He is also interested in creativity, insight, and discovery
in mathematics teaching and learning; mathematical problem solving; and numeracy.
Speaker:        Dr. Peter Liljedahl
Room:           2201/2203
Chairperson:     Marj Farris, Fort Vermilion Local

Numeracy Tasks (Grades 10-12) 10:45 until 11:55

With the latest curriculum revisions numeracy has taken on a more prominent role within the
grades 10 to 12 curriculum. But exactly what is this thing that we call numeracy? In this
workshop we will examine this notion of numeracy and how it is different than mathematics.
Participants will engage in, and leave with, a number of grades 10-12 numeracy tasks for use
in meeting the curriculum's demand for attainment of this elusive, yet important, learning
outcome. This session is brought to you by the Learning Network, one of the Alberta Consortia,
as well as NETCA.

This session does not repeat! Any delegate may attend this session at this time!

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an
associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
His research interests are focused on the professional growth of mathematics teachers in general, and the
role that beliefs play in this growth in particular. He is also interested in creativity, insight, and discovery
in mathematics teaching and learning; mathematical problem solving; and numeracy.
Speaker:        Dr. Peter Liljedahl
Room:           2201/2203
Chairperson:    Terry Lyn McLeod, Northland Local

Domino Math Games - Connecting the Dots (K- Gr. 3)

Come prepared to play domino games that help teach patterning, counting, place value, the
operations and more. Reproducible game boards provided. These activities are great for
regular and Special Education centers. ALL NEW games and strategies will be introduced in
this session. This session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Joanne Currah
Room:          2204/2206
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1 Chairperson: Rachel Allen, Lakeland Catholic Local
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2 Chairperson: Adam Cook, Greater St. Paul Local

Cross Curricular Literacy - Secondary

Secondary teachers of Math, Science, and Social Studies face the same literacy challenges as
their colleagues in the English department.        Using the current research on literacy
development J.A. Williams School is implementing a school wide `Word-Learning Initiative'.
This session provides an overview of the literacy challenges secondary teachers face; some
research based practices and instructional strategies, as well as our school-wide
implementation plan. This initiative embraces literacy as a responsibility for all subject area
teachers.

Speaker:         Conal Donovan
Room:            2205
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1 Chairperson:    Julie Chorney, Lakeland Catholic Local
2nd Chairperson: Tanya Barron, Northern Lights Local

Providing Early Academic Success- A Look at Oral Language and Early Literacy

Participants will examine the stages of Oral Language Development and look at ways to assess
and structure successful play- based oral language activities within the classroom. Participants
will also examine Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness and Letter Name/Sound
Knowledge and understand how they are critical building blocks for reading success. Resource
suggestions, ideas and websites to support the teaching of Oral Language and Early Literacy
will be provided. This session is for K-2. This session repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:       Petronella Bouvier
Room           2207
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1 Chairperson: Lorna Kravontka, Aspen View Local
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2 Chairperson: Leanne Johnson, Lakeland Catholic Local

Linking Art With Literature (This is a half-day session)

Probably the most practical session you will ever attend! Come and make several art projects
based on Andrea’s “Linking Art with Literature (The Third)” book of art lessons. All projects are
based on quality children’s literature. The $20 fee (collected at the door) includes a copy of the
30+ lesson plans and resource lists. Come dressed for a mess, ready to paint, draw and have
fun! Please register at april.koziol@nlsd.ab.ca This is a half-day session that is open to
all delegates at this time. There is a registration limit of 30 participants.

THIS SESSION IS COMPLETELY FULL. SORRY!

Speaker:          Andrea Daly
Room              2208/2210
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1 Chairperson:    Janet Bailey, Northland Local

Explore FMS through Lead-Up Games

Lead-Up Games are low organized activities that focus or mimic various sport skills without
actually playing the sport in its entirety. Lead-Up actives give students the opportunity to
utilize these various sports skills in small settings; therefore, allowing for a better learning
experience without the stress of actually playing the “real” game. Come and learn activities
involving modified rules and skills where the focus is on improving fundamental movement
skills, confidence and having fun. This workshop also incorporates two new Physical Literacy
initiatives created by the Be Fit for Life network (Move & Play through Physical Literacy) and
Special Olympics Canada. (Active Start and FUNdamentals Program Guides) This session
repeats at 10:45.

Speaker:         Ever Active School
Room:            Mezzanine Room, Trade Centre
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1 Chairperson:   Robert MacKay, Aspen View Local
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2 Chairperson:   Justin Barlow, Lakeland Catholic Local

Personal Pension Interviews – 15 Minute Interviews – Thursday and Friday

Personal interviews with a representative of the ATRF will be available. Pension matters of a
personal nature may be discussed. Please bring any recent ATRF communications with you,
such as a Contributor Record and/or a Pension Estimate. If you are planning to retire in the
near future, please bring both the originals and copies of your birth certificate, your marriage
certificate, and your spouse's birth certificate where applicable. Prior to Convention 2011
delegates may register for a pension interview at the ATRF website. www.atrf.com

Speaker:      Dana Adams, ATRF
Room:        Please ask at the registration desk.




SMALL GROUP SESSIONS (Thursday afternoon)
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
               If Lady Gaga Can be Useful: The Education We Need

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is no doubt one of the most
successful global super stars. She has over 13 million twitter followers and 40 million
Facebook fans. Her YouTube video “Bad Romance” has accrued over 411 million views
and www.celebritynetworth.com estimates her net worth to be about 110 million dollars.
Apparently she has something valuable to offer. But her talents would be of little value in the
Chinese village where Yong Zhao grew up. She would not make a great worker on Henry Ford’s
assembly line either. What can we learn from Lady Gaga’s story?

At a time when the world needs more creative and innovative talents to meet the
unprecedented challenges and take advantage of the vast opportunities presented by
technological changes and globalization, school systems around the globe continue to focus on
producing good tests takers. At a time when old industries are rapidly replaced by new ones,
schools continue to force students to prepare for jobs that may not even exist when they
graduate. At a time when students need to learn to collaborate globally in this interconnected
and interdependent village, schools continue to push a nationalistic Cold War style curriculum
to make them “globally competitive.” At a time when children have become increasingly
disengaged and disinterested with the outdated Industrial Age curriculum and pedagogy,
schools are asked to cram more of the same. At a time when human diversity should be
celebrated and taped into as assets, schools are asked to homogenize the curriculum and
narrow children’s educational experiences.

In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao provides a summary of his forthcoming book Students as
Global Entrepreneurs. Reflecting on the reasons behind Lady Gaga’s success, Dr. Zhao suggests
a radical new approach to preparing our children for the globalized world. Instead of imposing
on children a prescribed common curriculum derived from past experiences or research about
what today’s employers need, Dr. Zhao proposes that we should prepare children as global
entrepreneurs who are willing and able to create jobs in the global economy, to contribute
positively to the globalized society, and to enjoy the vast cultural diversity of humanity.


Speaker:       Dr. Yong Zhao
Room:          Robson/Rundle
Chairperson:   Terry Gibson. Fort Vermilion Local
                                  Father Tony Ricard
                                           I Still Believe!
On August 29, 2005, life as I knew it was changed forever. It was on this date that
Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Never could I have imagined the pain and
heartache that we, the Katrina Survivors, would have to endure. Yet, somehow, we are
surviving. Somehow, we are making it. And, somehow, We Still Believe!

We know that it is through God’s Grace that we have been able to make it. Our faith is
what has strengthened us for the Battle of Recovery. As I look back on my post-
Katrina journey, I realize now, more than ever, how much God loves us. This is my
testimony to that faith.

This heartfelt and interactive workshop will focus on keeping the faith in tough times.
As the old folks would say, “As long as there is a God in Heaven, I know that I am going
to be all right!” This is my testimony of faith after the storm because I Still Believe!
We need people      who will pull together to get the job done." -Brenda Robinson
Speaker:            Father Tony Ricard
Room:               Palisades
Chairperson:        Julie Reed, Fort Vermilion Local

Numeracy Tasks (Grades 1-3)

With the latest curriculum revisions numeracy has taken on a more prominent role
within the grades 1 to 3 curriculum. But exactly what is this thing that we call
numeracy? In this workshop we will examine this notion of numeracy and how it is
different than mathematics. Participants will engage in, and leave with, a number of
grades 1-3 numeracy tasks for use in meeting the curriculum's demand for attainment
of this elusive, yet important, learning outcome. This session is brought to you by the
Learning Network, one of the Alberta Consortia, as well as NETCA.

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an
associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
His research interests are focused on the professional growth of mathematics teachers in general, and the
role that beliefs play in this growth in particular. He is also interested in creativity, insight, and discovery
in mathematics teaching and learning; mathematical problem solving; and numeracy.
Speaker:       Dr. Peter Liljedahl
Room:          Logan
Chairperson:   Lance Gyte, Aspen View Local


“To Investigate or Not to Investigate”

This session looks at how school administrators should address complaints received about
student(s) and teachers (s). Differentiation as to circumstances that need to be investigated by
school administrators as well as those where the investigation should be left with the school
district and/or police will be elaborated. The session discusses appropriate protocol s and
elements that must be considered in order to conduct an appropriate investigation. One’s
obligation under the “rules of natural justice” and the Code of Professional Conduct will be
discussed. The session will also discuss the school administrator’s role when police seek the
opportunity to interview students at the school.

Speaker:       Marvin Hackman
Room:          Emerald
Chairperson:   Dale Hymanyk, Northern Lights Local

Quick Thinking

Thinking matters, especially in the classroom. Knowing a student’s style of thinking is as
important as knowing, that student’s learning style. Come and learn about a simple program
of teaching students about thinking that is crafted in such a manner as to provide students
and teachers with a simple lexicon about thinking that allows the users to converse easily with
others in the classroom about the thinking process. There has been a demonstrated use in the
classroom for this procedure as a way of getting students to apply an organized cognitive
approach to essay test questions. Students who are given an awareness of their possible styles
of thinking and how to apply particular styles of thinking to the specific requirements of
particular test questions can open up an entirely different approach to teaching students.

Speaker:        Jay Hetherington
Room:           Amethyst
Chairperson:    Dawn Cosman, Aspen View Local

Mental Wellness: Part of Your Healthy School Community

There is no health without mental health! Positive interactions, adapting to change, coping with
adversity and finding balance in all aspects of life are critical elements of maintaining mental
health. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of what mental health
looks like as well as strategies to improve the mental health of the school community.

Speaker:        Ever Active Schools
Room:           Maligne
Chairperson:    Tina Skakun, Northern Lights Local

The Psychology of Knowledge…..Idols of the Cave and the Tribe

This session is pertinent for anyone interested in constructing a more accurate world view,
creating a better world. In the 17th Century, Sir Francis Bacon recognized biases inherent in
human nature which he called “Idols of the Minds”, today’s “cognitive biases” - adaptive
psychological processes “gone wrong”. Generalizations can be hasty or accurate. Cognitive
dissonance can lead to confirmation bias or honest investigation. Understand the biases we
use to construct our conceptions of reality is vital to understanding reality . The talk is richly
illustrated with issues in history and current events.

Speaker:         Greg Hunter
Room:            Banff
Chairperson:     Timothy Crabbe, Northern Lights Local

Co-operative Games to Develop Story Development

In this session Bruce will run you through various games which aide in developing ideas for
storytelling and story development. The activities may be used in language class or drama
class. Bruce MacDonald is the winner of the “Prime ministers award for Excellence in
Teaching” and is also the Alberta High School Drama Festival.

Speaker:         Bruce MacDonald
Room:            Jasper
Chairperson:     Heather Ebbers, Greater St. Paul Local

Connecting Curriculum and the Metis Settlements of Alberta

Established in 1989 by the Don Getty gov’t the Metis Settlements of Alberta have played a role
in the history of Alberta. This distinct and unique form of government has its jurisdiction
under the Metis Settlements Act. Connecting community and curriculum is one way of
providing a foundational relationship with this vibrant and growing community. Strategies for
staff orientation and curriculum connections will be shared.

Speaker:       Laurie Thompson
Room:          2201/2203
Chairperson:    April Koziol, Northern Lights Local

Domino Math Games – Linking the Learning (Gr. 4-6)

Come prepared to play domino games that teacher the operations, fractions, place value,
problem solving and more. Come discover the wide range of uses for the motivating and easy
to use manipulative. Reproducible game boards provided. This session repeats at 2:55.

Speaker:       Joanne Currah
Room           2204/2206
Chairperson:   Kelsey Hill, Northern Lights Local

WRaP Project – Supporting Success for Students with FASD (Gr. 7-12)

The WRaP Project supports student engagement, academic achievement and the social,
physical and emotional well-being of students. Following completion of the second year, this
innovative approach to supports students with FASD, families and school staff will be shared
as well as findings. Opportunities to discuss strategies to support students with FASD, families
and school staff will be provided during this presentation.

Speaker:        Tracy Mastrangelo
Room:           2205
Chairperson:     Adrienne Sprecker, Northern Lights Local
Diggin’ in the Coal: Creating Art with Charcoal – Gr. 4-12

Come and get your hands dirty while experiencing the ancient art form of Chiaroscuro. You will
have the opportunity to experiment with charcoal and leave with ideas to use immediately with
your students or at home relaxing by yourself. This is a hands-on workshop.

Speaker:       Karen Draycott/ Lisa Gingras
Room:          Mezzanine, Trade Centre Upstairs
Chairperson:   Shirley Fayant, Northland Local


SMALL GROUP SESSIONS – HALF Day Workshops
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Tour the Legislative Building and Witness the Legislative Assembly in Action!




Make democracy come alive! Take a step inside the Alberta Legislature and broaden your
personal knowledge and understanding of Alberta history, parliamentary traditions and
symbols along with the legislative process. Then discover a wealth of program opportunities
and resources to support your classroom teaching. This session includes a comprehensive
guided build tour, observation of the Assembly (25 seats have been reserved in the Legislative
Gallery if government is in session). There will be a presentation as well as a question-and-
answer period geared to teachers’ professional opportunity to view the student program venues.
Transportation from the Mayfield Inn to the Legislative Assembly will be available.

Please contact april.koziol@nlsd.ab.ca to register for this session. This session is open to
the first 25 delegates to sign up. Participants need to pay $10.00 to the chairperson to
cover the cost of the bus. NETCA will pay the admission costs. Meet the bus outside the
front doors of the Mayfield Inn at 1:30 p.m. This session is a half day workshop!

Speaker:       Diane Brayman/Diana Panizzon
Room:          Legislature Building
Chairperson:   Murray Lalonde, Aspen View Local
                       Tour the Art Gallery of Alberta
     A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Paintings from 19th Century France




This exhibition of masterworks from the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington
DC, will trace the development of the landscape in French painting, from the mid-nineteenth to
the early twentieth century. Artists such as Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, Jean Baptiste
Camille Corot, Johan Jongkind, Claude Monet and Théodore Rousseau pioneered this direct
approach to their subject matter. All are represented in this exhibition, and are among the
most important in the history of landscape art. Alongside these are artists who sought to
develop the symbolic, emotional, subjective and even expressionistic aspects of landscape
depiction. The exhibition will include examples from key movements, including Realism,
Naturalism, the Barbizon School, Impressionism, Symbolism and Fauvism.

THIS SESSION IS COMPLETELY FULL. SORRY!
Please contact april.koziol@nlsd.ab.ca to register for this session. This session is open to
the first 30 delegates who register. Participants need to pay $10.00 to the chairperson to
cover the cost of the bus. NETCA will pay the admission costs. Meet the bus outside the
front doors of the Mayfield Inn at 1:30 p.m. This session is a half day workshop!

Speaker:       Art Gallery of Alberta
Room:          Art Gallery of Alberta
Chairperson:   Jeanne Smith, Northern Lights Local

Study of Words: A Look at English Orthography
Teaching students to read words and spell can be a difficult task- it is said English doesn’t
make sense. However, research suggests that less than 20% of English words are irregular in
how they are spelled and the difficulty in teaching spelling lies in the lack of knowledge of
English Orthography. This session will explore the layers of English Orthography, the
Language Arts Curriculum and give suggestions on how to teach spelling according to
individual student’s developmental stages. Session participants will engage in word sorting
and classifying activities that can be used in the classroom with students.

Speaker:       Petronella Bouvier
Room:          2207
Chairperson:   Arin Jasmine, Northern Lights Local
Building a Better Rubric

Well-designed rubrics have the potential to not only document the results of student
performance, but to actually facilitate improved student learning. Using excerpts from the AAC
publication Building Better Rubrics, this session will provide a framework for recognizing
quality rubrics and provide practical tools to support new and experienced developers.

Speaker:         Pat Lore
Room:            Morraine
Chairperson:     Allan Spelrem, Fort Vermilion Local

Linking Art With Literature (This is a half-day session)

Probably the most practical session you will ever attend! Come and make several art projects
based on Andrea’s “Linking Art with Literature (The Third)” book of art lessons. All projects are
based on quality children’s literature. The $20 fee (collected at the door) includes a copy of the
30+ lesson plans and resource lists. Come dressed for a mess, ready to paint, draw and have
fun! Please register at april.koziol@nlsd.ab.ca This is a half-day session!

THIS SESSION IS COMPLETELY FULL. SORRY!

Speaker:          Andrea Daly
Room              2208/2210
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1 Chairperson:    Lori Cox, Fort Vermilion Local


SMALL GROUP SESSIONS (Thursday afternoon)
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
2:55 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.




               “Never Send a Man to Do a Machines Job”
Sir Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
Technologies we have created have also dramatically shaped our world. By reducing
distance, enabling mass participation, and expanding human needs and capacities,
technology has a created a new world that presents both new challenges and
opportunities for our students—future residents of this new world. And education
must act to prepare our children to competently meet these challenges and take
advantage of the opportunities.
In this presentation, Yong Zhao discusses how we need to reconsider the relationship
between technology and human teachers in schools. In order to harness the power of
technology, we need to realign the capacity of technology and human beings to provide
a more healthy education ecosystem in which children are supported to realize their
individual potential and develop their strengths. Dr. Zhao will provide examples of
how technology can be used to transform education to move from a mass production
culture that emphasizes on standardization and narrow nationalism to one that values
the individual and cultivates global competence.

Speaker:       Dr. Yong Zhao
Room:          Robson/Rundle
Chairperson:   Glen Finney, Aspen View Local




                            Father Tony Ricard
                                     Don’t Be Stupid

At an early age, Fr. Tony’s Momma taught him that ignorance is when you don’t
know something and stupidity is when you know something is wrong but you
still do it! How much better our lives would be if the official Church Theologians
would just sum up all that God has been trying to teach us by simply saying,
“Remember who you belong to and Don’t Be Stupid.”

This fun-filled and interactive session will focus on how we can all live exciting
lives while avoiding the Stupid Traps of this world. Join us as we vow to “not be
stupid anymore!”
." We need people who will pull together to get the job done." -Brenda Robinson
Speaker:          Father Tony Ricard
Room:             Palisades
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1 Chairperson:    Rhonda Games, Lakeland Catholic Local

Numeracy Tasks (Grades 4-6)

With the latest curriculum revisions numeracy has taken on a more prominent role
within the grades 4 to 6 curriculum. But exactly what is this thing that we call
numeracy? In this workshop we will examine this notion of numeracy and how it is
different than mathematics. Participants will engage in, and leave with, a number of
grades 4-6 numeracy tasks for use in meeting the curriculum's demand for attainment
of this elusive, yet important, learning outcome. This session is brought to you by the
Learning Network, one of the Alberta Consortia, as well as NETCA.

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an
associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
His research interests are focused on the professional growth of mathematics teachers in general, and the
role that beliefs play in this growth in particular. He is also interested in creativity, insight, and discovery
in mathematics teaching and learning; mathematical problem solving; and numeracy.
Speaker:        Peter Liljedahl
Room:           Logan
Chairperson:    Heather Dempsey, Northern Lights Local

Hot Point Issues for Teachers

This presentation addresses emerging or current issues being faced by classroom teachers.
While the presentation addresses hot point issues raised by the audience, common issues
discussed include the following: the impact of existing and emerging technologies on teachers,
current case-laws related to interventionist programs in an inclusive environments the on-
going evolution of the teachers’ right to use force, student search and confinement issues,
teachers as bus drivers and field trip liability, participation in “safe-grads” and how to prevent
the recent rise in wrongful allegations of sexual impropriety.

Speaker:        Marvin Hackman
Room:           Emerald
Chairperson:    Shirley Eggenschwiler, Fort Vermilion Local

Emotion In Education

The high road to learning is through the heart. Paying attention to Emotional IQ in the
classroom helps translate classroom facts into real world application. A solid grounding in
emotional education is an important part of the educational experience. Today, students need
to harness and maximize their emotional energy to better cope with continuous change and
increasing levels of complexity in their world. The practical goal of what has been popularized,
as “emotional intelligence” is to become more aware and skillful at utilizing our emotional
abilities. Attend this session to learn how to include the emotional needs of your student into
the classroom experience.

Speaker:         Jay Hetherington
Room:            Amethyst
Chairperson:     Helen Hong, Fort Vermilion Local

Health Promoting Schools

Research shows that healthier students are better prepared to learn and are more successful in
school. Health Promoting Schools (HPS), also known as Comprehensive School Health, is a
school-wide approach that links health and education and connects the home, school and
community. Come learn about eh EAS Program and the steps to success in creating a healthy
learning environment. This workshop will include essential elements learned from the Alberta
Healthy School Community Wellness Fund and Physical and Health Education Canada.
Speaker:        Ever Active Schools
Room:           Maligne
Chairperson:    Jodine Benning, Greater St. Paul Local

The Sociology of Knowledge…..Idols of the Marketplace and the Theatre

In the 17th Century Sir Francis Bacon recognized sociological influences on knowledge that he categorized
as: “Idols of the Marketplace ... ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding” and
“Idols of the Theatre: ... received systems are but stage plays.” We will take a sometimes sober and
sometimes humorous look at our own received systems.

Speaker:         Greg Hunter
Room:            Banff
Chairperson:     Mike Straile, Northern Lights Local

Participating in the Provincial Drama Festival
Bruce MacDonald is the winner of the “Prime ministers award for Excellence in Teaching” and
is also the Alberta High School Drama Festival. In this session Bruce will outline the
procedures involved in becoming involved with a zone festival from choosing scripts to
producing your show.

Speaker:        Bruce MacDonald
Room:           Jasper
Chairperson:     Dick Richards, Aspen View Local

International Field Experience in Kenya

This presentation will show the highlights of a faculty initiated and university supported
International Field Experience project in Kenya. This initiative attempted to create an
exceptional and life-changing university experience for education students through curricular
and extra –curricular offerings that integrated learning, discovery learning and citizenship to
develop intellect and the imagination, educate leaders and enhance global perspective. Notions
of leadership capacities and development of culturally responsive curriculum led the
participants to educational conversations and pushed us to move beyond educational tourism.

Adventure Learning Experiences was founded in 1996 by Greg Rogers and Robert Lato. Since
then, 45 study and service programs have been undertaken and have involved over 300 young
people and over 200 adults to such diverse parts of the world as Central and East Asia, Central
and South Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. These
programs are set up for students as well as teachers.

Speaker:       Alyre Morin
Room:          2201/2203
Chairperson:    Lorne Hughes, Fort Vermilion Local

Domino Math Games – Linking the Learning (Gr. 4-6)

Come prepared to play domino games that teacher the operations, fractions, place value,
problem solving and more. Come discover the wide range of uses for the motivating and easy
to use manipulative. Reproducible game boards provided.
Speaker:       Joanne Currah
Room           2204/2206
Chairperson:    Julie Norrie, Lakeland Catholic Local

Let the Music Move You

Take the materials from this session and use it to good effect in your elementary
classroom/music class. Come and play with words, experience rhythm with in lyric poetry and
let the music move you.

Speaker:       Udo Mueller
Room:          2205
Chairperson:   Apryl Hewlett, Lakeland Catholic Local

“Not Just a Carbon Copy…….Celebrity Me” (Gr. K-12)

Come and explore the various sides of your character. Explore your many talents through a
Picasso inspired portrait creation. You are definitely NOT a boring carbon copy. Come let
yourself go wild with pastels and take some time for you. This is a hands-on workshop. There is
a $10.00 workshop fee to cover the costs of the supplies. This is collected at the workshop!

Speaker:       Karen Draycott/Lisa Gingras
Room:          Mezzanine, Trade Centre Upstairs
Chairperson:   Christie Roche, Greater St. Paul

				
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