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									 Substitute Teachers’
  Conference 2010
   Empowering
Substitute Teachers
      October 29(eve)–30, 2010
          Barnett House
       11010 142 Street NW
        Edmonton, Alberta
2010 Substitute Teachers’ Conference—Empowering Substitute Teachers



When: October 29(eve)–30, 2010                         Who: Substitute Teachers

Where: Barnett House                                   Registration Form: On page 7
       11010 142 Street NW
       Edmonton, Alberta

About the Conference
The Association hosts an annual conference for substitute teachers in Alberta. Organizing this
conference is one of the ways the Association recognizes the valuable service that substitute
teachers provide.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for networking and professional development. All
sessions are geared specifically towards the needs of substitute teachers.


Travel Allowance for Delegates
The first 130 registrations received in the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO) will be eligible
to claim for reimbursement for travel by automobile at the rate of 52¢ per kilometre. The first 130
registrants will also be eligible to claim for reimbursement for accommodation costs to a maximum
of $100 provided they must travel more than 200 kilometres return to attend the conference.

Delegates that qualify for the travel allowance will receive expense claim forms in their kits at the
conference. Expense claims are to be submitted at the end of the conference and cheques will
follow by mail.

Check with your local Association for available financial support if you do not qualify for the
travel allowance.


Registration Information
Registration Deadline: October 26, 2010

Registration Fee:      $40 prior to October 8, 2010
                       $50 after October 8, 2010

Fee includes the Friday evening light supper, Saturday breakfast and lunch and all sessions.

Registration Form: Pre-registration is required. The registration form is on page 7.

Refund: Refunds are available to those substitute teachers who are hired for a position.

Please complete the registration form on page 7 and mail with a cheque or money order payable
to the Alberta Teachers’ Association, to:

Doreen Link, Alberta Teachers’ Association (SARO)
106, 3016 5 Avenue NE, Calgary AB T2A 6K4
Phone: 403-265-2672 (Calgary and area) or 1-800-332-1280 (toll-free)


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Conference Program
Friday, October 29, 2010
1830-1930       Registration and Light Supper
1930-1945       Welcome and Introductions
1945-2000       Greetings from the Association
2000-2015       Conference Information
2015-2130       Keynote Speaker—Larry Booi
                Substitute Teaching: Issues and Options in Uncertain Times

Saturday, October 30, 2010
0730-0800       Registration (for those who have not already registered)
0800-0830       Networking	Breakfast
0830-0930       General Session—Curriculum Update
0930-1030       Group 1 Sessions AND Group 1A Sessions
1030-1045       Refreshment	Break
1045-1200       Group 1 Sessions (continued) AND Group 1B Sessions
1200-1300       Lunch	
1300-1345       General Session–Report on Substitute Teachers’ Survey
1345-1400       Refreshment	Break
1400-1600       Afternoon Sessions


Hotel Information
The Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton has a block of guest rooms for conference delegates
at a special ATA conference rate of $109 (plus taxes) per night; single or double occupancy.
Conference delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements
directly with the hotel. To obtain the conference rate call the hotel prior to September 22,
2010 and use “Alberta Teachers’ Association Substitute Teachers’ Conference” as the reference.

All delegates are responsible for payment of their own account at the hotel.

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton
10010 178 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta
780-484-6000
1-888-388-3932
www.executivehotels.net/edmonton




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Breakout Session Descriptions

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010

0930-1200 Group 1 Sessions
Please note: Group 1 Sessions and Groups 1A and 1B Sessions run concurrently

Classroom Management—What Works—Dave Aaron
This session is designed to help substitute teachers recognize potential problems before they
occur. Dave will help substitute teachers take a deeper look at some common behaviour problems
and provide a better understanding of why these may be occurring. Strategies for dealing
effectively with these problems will be discussed.

Invest in Yourself—Share the Profits—Association Instructor
This workshop asks, How can teachers learn to take greater responsibility for their personal and
professional wellness to ensure that they have the capacity to help others? Teachers will reflect
upon their current state of wellness and consider approaches to improve their health and well-
being. The interrelationship of the physical, emotional, social and psychological states will be
explored and ideas for making informed choices about improving quality of life will be shared.

0930-1030 Group 1A Sessions
Please note: Group 1 Sessions and Groups 1A and 1B Sessions run concurrently

How Smart are SMART™ Boards—Joni Turville
Interactive whiteboards (including SMART™ Boards) are very prominent in Alberta classrooms,
but just how “smart” are they? In this session you will learn
• the basic functions of an interactive whiteboard,
• how interactive web resources can be used in the classroom,
• where to find resources to continue learning about using interactive whiteboards in the
    classroom and
• what some of the limitations of using this kind of technology might be.
This session is targeted towards those who have limited experience with interactive whiteboards
and want to consider their best uses.

Pathways and Pitfalls to Getting a Teaching Position—Jackie Skytt
This session will help you to take charge of your career by becoming knowledgeable about
best practices and common mistakes teachers make in the hiring process. Topics covered in this
session include application processes (including online), covering letter, resume, preparing for the
interview, what questions to expect, interviewing skills and closing the interview. This session is
applicable to a general audience.




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Literacy Games for Grades 4–6—Literacy Fun ‘Die’ Mentals—Jane Felling
Come prepared to play multi-sensory literacy games that incorporate the use of moveable letter
tiles, unique literacy dice and word decks. Handouts will include reproducible gameboards,
student samples and more.

1045-1200 Group 1B Sessions
Please note: Group 1 Sessions and Groups 1A and 1B Sessions run concurrently

Adding Value to Students’ Story Writing—Graham Foster
How can teachers help students transform ordinary story writing into extraordinary story writing?
Based on a 2009 book, this session will feature 12 specific and practical strategies all of which
are clearly connected to rubrics used to assess students’ narrative writing. The 12 strategies will
be illustrated with student writing samples. Furthermore, the session will demonstrate how the
strategies benefit students when they must complete story writing under testing conditions.

The Virtues Project™ and the Substitute Teacher—Sharon McGonigal
What can a substitute teacher possibly do with the gifts of character, virtues and character
education? By using the four principles and five strategies of The Virtues Project™, learn how to
bring out the best in ourselves and others; even if we teach students for just a brief period of time.

Literacy Games for K–3—PLAY on WORDS—Jane Felling
Come prepared to play multi-sensory literacy games that incorporate the use of moveable letter
tiles, unique literacy dice and word decks. Handouts will include reproducible gameboards,
student samples and more.

1400-1600 Afternoon Sessions

Daily Physical Education—Ever Active Schools
Challenged to offer daily physical activities (DPA) in the classroom or other small spaces?
Interested in offering active learning opportunities for students? Learn about new resources
available to support the implementation of DPA, the health and physical education programs,
and how to support student learning in all subject areas through participation in physical activity.
Come prepared to participate!

Communication Strategies for Educators—Kurt Moench
Practical communication strategies are helpful for all educators at all levels of school organization.
This presentation will provide participants with an overview of communication and problem-
solving skills that can assist in handling concerns when they arise. It is intended to help educators
understand how they might deal with concerns in a consistent, comprehensive and credible way
that is interest-based and fair to everyone.




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Dramatize your “Sub” Day! (K–12)—Peter McWhir
Make the most of your day—using a more humorous, dramatic approach engage your students
right from the start. Avoid those uncomfortable introductions, relax and have some good times
through the introduction of proven strategies/exercises using drama. Whatever the subject, you
can approach it in a way that will interest and engage the children. Electronic handouts and on-
going electronic support will be made available.

Pension Information Session—Dana Adams
A general overview of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF) will be presented. The topics
include the structure of the plan, why purchase service, services that can be purchased, method of
payment, taxation rules, how pensions are calculated and retirement procedures.

Here Comes Everyone: Responding to Cultural Diversity in Alberta Schools—Association Instructor
It is a fact that the demographics of Alberta’s schools are changing dramatically and this means
that teaching practices and strategies that once worked may no longer be as effective. This
workshop will explore the concept of cultural competence. Cultural competence provides an
approach for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to
work effectively cross-culturally. Cultural competence replaces earlier ideas of cultural sensitivity
and awareness, which are often embraced but typically result in little change in individual or
organizational behaviour. Participants will begin to learn how to develop greater capacity to
engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural
interactions.




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                      Friday Evening and Saturday—October 29(eve)–30, 2010
                      Barnett House, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
                      Early Registration Fee Deadline: October 8, 2010
                           Registration Deadline: October 26, 2010

Name _______________________________________________________________________________________
Address______________________________________________________________________________________
City ______________________________________________           Postal Code ______________________________
Res Phone _______________________________________ Cell _________________________________________
Association Local Name________________________________________________________________________
 Food Allergies—requirements _________________________________________________________________
 $40 Early registration fee enclosed OR  $50 Registration fee enclosed after October 8, 2010
Please make cheque payable to the Alberta Teachers’ Association
Travel Allowance—see page 1 for further information

Breakout Sessions (Pre-registration is required.)
The following breakout sessions are offered. Please select a FIRST and SECOND choice from the
appropriate group.
*Please note: Group 1 Sessions and Groups 1A and 1B Sessions run concurrently
0930-1200 Group 1 Sessions*                                                     1st Choice     2nd Choice
Classroom Management—What Works—Dave	Aaron
Invest in Yourself—Share the Profits—Association	Instructor
OR                                                                                        OR
0930-1030 Group 1A Sessions*                                                    1st Choice 2nd Choice
How Smart are SMART™ Boards—Joni	Turville
Pathways and Pitfalls to Getting a Teaching Position—Jackie	Skytt
Literacy Games for Grades 4–6—Literacy Fun ‘Die’ Mentals—Jane	Felling
1045-1200 Group 1B Sessions*                                                    1st Choice     2nd Choice
Adding Value to Students’ Story Writing—Graham	Foster
The Virtues Project™ and the Substitute Teacher—Sharon	McGonigal
Literacy Games for K–3—PLAY on WORDS—Jane	Felling
AND                                                                                      AND
1400-1600 Afternoon Sessions                                                    1st Choice 2nd Choice
Daily Physical Education—Ever	Active	Schools
Communication Strategies for Educators—Kurt	Moench
Dramatize your “Sub” Day! For K–12—Peter	McWhir
Pension Information Session—Dana	Adams
Here Comes Everyone: Responding to Cultural Diversity in Alberta Schools—
Association	Instructor
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Please make cheques payable to          Doreen Link
the Alberta Teachers’ Association       Alberta Teachers’ Association,
and mail with this completed            Southern Alberta Regional Office
registration form, to:                  106, 3016 5 Avenue NE
                                        Calgary AB T2A 6K4


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