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Thursday, April 25
 

7:15pm

Speed Sessions
                                                                     Welcome to "Speed Sessions!"

Speed Sessions are a flexible format that gives you 15 minutes to talk about hot topics in Middle Years Education, in small seating arrangements (6-8/table), with other educators. At these fun and informative mini-sessions you will get to know other conference delegates, socialize, talk shop, and mingle.

Topics include: mental health awareness, building school culture, exploratory learning, staff wellness, and an open table for delegate generated topics.

Speed Sessions will run for approximately an hour, but the bar will be open until 10 pm. We hope to see all of our delegates at this session!



Moderators
avatar for Chris Andrew

Chris Andrew

Principal, Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division #39

Thursday April 25, 2019 7:15pm - 10:00pm
Lynx 222 Lynx St.
 
Friday, April 26
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday April 26, 2019 7:00am - 8:15am
Glacier Salon

8:30am

More than Serving Pizza: Motivating Today's Students
"No time for breakfast, Mom. I have to get to class on time. Today we open the box!" What is this…a Hollywood movie fantasy? No, it's from a real classroom with real students. Attitude can change a blob of sand into King Arthur's castle. This session is full of practical ideas to minimize inhibitors and maximize motivation for your students. We will look at everything from positive risk-taking to students' physiology and diet, from cognitive science to integrating students' culture, as well as high engagement activities, building relationships and lesson design. To be so compelling that students have no choice but to think, take risks, do the activities and learn—this is the goal of every lesson we present. It is not easy to motivate today's students—particularly older students—but we can do it with substantive content and these effective approaches from an experienced practitioner. And what was in the box, you ask? Why, of course, it was a—Oh, darn. No more space. Join us to find out.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Summit 222 Lynx St.

10:30am

Break
Friday April 26, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Alpine Meadows

10:45am

Reading Comprehension Success!
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

We provide print resources for teachers and students in the area of English Language Arts for grades 3 to 12. All resources are aligned to the Alberta Program of Studies and created by Alberta Teachers. The resources focus on individualized reading and instruction in the areas of... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lynx 222 Lynx St.

10:45am

Bringing Writing Alive With Author Paul Hankins
Using an adventure story to inspire discussion and creative writing.


Speakers
AP

Author Paul Hankins

Author of: TRANSPORTED - the adventures of Thomas and Claire. This is a great read aloud book for Grades 6 to 8 LA teachers. Have Paul present at a Literacy Day or Writers Workshop.


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Den

10:45am

The Revised TQS: What does this mean for us?
Come and learn new strategies that support the implementation of the revised TEACHING QUALITY STANDARD and the new competencies that specifically outline First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education. We will also discuss how we can frame school planning and deciding “next steps” as a school community that support these new expectations for all teachers.



Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cedar

10:45am

Teaching the Holocaust
Having taught the Holocaust to grades 7-9 and traveled to Israel with the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem to study, the session will examine resources available to safely enter students into a study and bring them out. Teachers will walk away with resources to help them navigate teaching the Holocaust in a number of subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Instructional Coach
Excited to be presenting on two of my passions- classroom design and Holocaust education. I'm always happy to talk about most things educational, especially in English Language Arts!


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Aspen

10:45am

Games & Activities to Optimize Self-Regulation
A strong relationship exists between the development of executive functioning skills and self-regulation. The Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University identify executive functioning and self-regulation as “critical supports for learning and development.” Though we are not born with these abilities, “we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice.” When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation, they are better suited to make healthy choices that affect them and their classmates. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how classrooms and community programs are the optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.

Speakers
CC

Chesa Corsiatto

Everactive Schools


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Summit 222 Lynx St.

10:45am

Together Everyone Achieves More
Various team building activities will be shared which can be used for any grade as well as any subject area.


Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Castle

10:45am

Teachnology
Cheryl Taylor and Shelly Leslie
Using Technology to Engage and Differentiate Learning

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Taylor and Shelly Leslie

Cheryl Taylor and Shelly Leslie

Teachnology: Deepen your students’ learning while supporting instructional objectives with engaging, differentiated, technology based activities. | Selecting the “best” tech tools, while not losing sight of your goals for student learning can be overwhelming. Even with the... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Pine

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Glacier Salon

1:00pm

Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices in Today's Classrooms that Stand the Test of Time
Decades in the future, what in teaching will we look back to today and declare, "Wow, we had that right," or, "Whoa, how could we have been so blind to students' learning?". Join us as the advanced-age version of Rick Wormeli in the year 2075 travels through a time vortex back to the current year. As his older and younger selves, Rick reminisces on the teaching and learning practices of today's classrooms that will stand the test of time to his contemporary world in 2075. With wigged out hair and an ever-young and creative mind, Rick rifts on educational salience, lifting those teaching/learning elements in modern practice that are sure to last into the decades ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Summit 222 Lynx St.

2:15pm

Break
Friday April 26, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Alpine Meadows

2:30pm

How we took writing out of our Grade 4 classrooms!
Come and learn how we took writing instruction out of our Grade 4 classrooms and moved it into responsive tiered instruction groups. We will discuss why we took the risk to make this change, share all the details of how we made it possible, the challenges we faced and the outcomes.

Join us for a discussion, Q&A and collaboration to brainstorm best practices in early middle years writing instruction. 


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Castle

2:30pm

Sex Ed: How to Answer Student Questions
Why is one breast bigger than the other?  How do I know if I am gay? Teacher, when did you start having sex? Students have lots of questions about sex and sexual health. Come to this interactive session and learn how to use the question box effectively, the different types of questions students ask, how to address slang, and how to deal with those embarrassing personal questions. Learn about the resources at Teachingsexualhealth.ca, including the FAQs and Submit a Question feature for expert advice. 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis has taught everything from grade one PE to Bio 30, and lots of things in between. She has been a teacher at both CBE and Calgary Catholic schools, and earned her MEd in Adult, Community and Higher Education. Nicole spent more than 10 years facilitating prenatal and parenting... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Cedar

2:30pm

Crack it open, Writing to succeed
"Crack it Open" provides teachers with various writing strategies to help set students up to be descriptive writers. We will provide teachers with a number of different strategies that will help students reach their full potential as writers. The strategies being presented are designed to meet the diverse needs of all students and can be implemented into the classroom immediately. Our goal for this session is to help teachers set students up for success when writing through the use of engaging mini lessons.



Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Aspen

2:30pm

Playwriting: Tips, Tricks and Tall Tales
This session will look at tips and trick to get your middle school students writing plays. Teachers will be participating in group writing exercises, games and challenges to tackle the wonderful world of drama as if they were the students themselves. This session is great for teachers looking to do something a little different in their ELA or Humanities classes to really get student excited and engaged. It will be an action packed session where teachers will be actively learning and sharing with each other.


Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Nixon

Charlotte Nixon

Calgary Arts Academy
Charlotte Nixon is a playwright, actor, director, designer, and producer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has also taught K - 12 drama for over ten years, and tours around Western Canada as an arts educator, teacher consultant, and curriculum guide. It is her love of adolescent... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Assiniboine

2:30pm

Finding Student Voice Using Talking Circles
We will be working at incorporating Restorative Justice as a model for communication, discipline and conflict resolution.  Establishing a classroom culture using the Talking Circle and the Talking Stick.  Incorporating restorative practices through an Indegenious lens to implement within your classroom.  


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pine

2:30pm

FNMI: Drum and Dance - First Steps
"First Steps" will take you through an introduction and  practice of basic Pow-wow rhythms on the hand drum and an intertribal dance step. Round dance rhythms and  will also be a part of this hands and "feet-on " session!


Speakers
GM

Glenn MacLeod

FNMI Lead Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional Division
I am a former administrator/teacher in the Red Deer Catholic School Division. I am currently under contract with the Divisions First Nations, Metis and Inuit Support Team. I am a member of the Red Deer Native Friendship Society and drum and sing with the Men’s Drumming Group... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Summit 222 Lynx St.

2:30pm

Admin Round Table: A Middle School Admin. Conversation!!
At this session, Middle School Administrators, and teacher leaders will meeting informally to discuss Leadership, and any and all things Middle School.  If you're an Educational Leader, or considering that role, stop by this session!!  

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Wagar

Shawn Wagar

VP, Ecole Lacombe Junior High School
Middle Years Admin. Roundtable  | I have been a school administrator for over 25 years and look forward to having a discussion around the most complex and dynamic issues that we face today in our schools.


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Room 101

2:30pm

Fake News & Conspiracy Theories: Countering Ignorance with Critical Thinking Skills & Classroom Activities
Disinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news have found fertile breeding ground on the Internet and social media. Our job as educators is to help students develop skills and techniques to critically analyze these stories, and to separate fact from fiction. Join veteran teacher Douglas Lamb as he shows how fake news and conspiracy theories have been around for ages, how they're getting worse, and how 'hate-clicks' are driving their growth. Most importantly, this session will also allow teachers to develop some in-class techniques and activities that will allow your students to critically and intelligently address these issues.  Appropriate for all grades and subjects.

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Lynx 222 Lynx St.

2:30pm

This is Your Brain on Mental Math
We’ve all seen bright students failing at math because they don’t have the mental math skills to solve problems with confidence. Cognitive studies show that strong mental math ability developed through purposeful instruction in the classroom leads to a much stronger number sense and comfort in working with numbers. Children acquire new languages more readily than adults. Mathematics is itself a kind of language, with its own rules and grammatical structure. Why not let them become fluent in the language of mathematics when they are most ready to learn? Join Gael James, Outreach Manager for the Canadian charity JUMP Math, as she shares how to teach and integrate mental math in a way that engages the students and builds both numeracy and confidence. Participants will leave with daily mental math strategies, games, and resources.


Speakers
GJ

Gael James

JUMP Math
#103, 7724 Bowness Rd NW


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Den

4:00pm

Middle Years Council General Meeting
Friday April 26, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Assiniboine

8:00pm

MYC Evening Social
Friday April 26, 2019 8:00pm - Saturday April 27, 2019 1:00am
Summit 222 Lynx St.
 
Saturday, April 27
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Saturday April 27, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Glacier Salon

9:00am

Flipping the Classroom With Flipgrid!
Watch as the classroom is flipped by Flipgrid. Pose open ended questions for students, and then students record videos showing their thinking and explaining their answers. Students become not only the learners, but also the sharers of knowledge. Did we mention this is entirely free for all educators? You'll leave the session ready to engage in your very own #Fliphunt, which uses the students video recording abilities to engage in a scavenger hunt. Uploaded videos can be shared with the entire class, meaning multiple presentations can be delivered in half the time! Try not to flip out with all the possibilities!

Speakers
VB

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is the Microsoft Learning Development Specialist (LDS) based out of Alberta. Vance is passionate about integrating technology into the classroom in a meaningful and informative manner. As a LDS he enjoys working with teachers to show them how technology can help revolutionize... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Summit 222 Lynx St.

9:00am

How to Make Literacy Cool in Middle School
Come and learn different strategies to teach literacy in all subjects in Middle School. Discover how a range of tools can be used in different disciplines to teach students better reading comprehension skills.



Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Pine

9:00am

30 in 60: 30 Ways to Engage Your Reluctant Learners
In this rapid-fire session, we will look at 30 ways teachers can increase engagement with all learners in their classrooms.  These simple ideas will improve student engagement, decrease student anxiety, and provide teachers with a toolbox of ideas to make their class an active, vibrant learning environment. 

Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Aspen

9:00am

Classroom Design: Not Just a Seating Arrangement
Through research, trial, and error the session will explore what student are looking for in a middle years classroom and how to align best practices. Teachers will walk away with ideas they can implement when they get back to classrooms on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Instructional Coach
Excited to be presenting on two of my passions- classroom design and Holocaust education. I'm always happy to talk about most things educational, especially in English Language Arts!


Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Assiniboine

9:00am

Digital Portfolios: Promoting a Growth Mindset
Digital portfolios continue to grow within the classroom, but how can we use a portfolio to promote a growth mindset with our students? Join this session to learn how your students can document their learning, reflect on their growth and showcase their classroom experiences with a visual and interactive myBlueprint portfolio. Students can easily add journals, photos, videos, files and reflections - from any device. Learn how teachers can monitor student progress, create activities and comment on student artifacts. 

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Lewis

Jordan Lewis

Partner Success Specialist, myBlueprint
Jordan Lewis is your Partner Success Specialist at myBlueprint. After receiving a double major in Music and Education from Laurentian University he completed his Master's of Education from Brock University. During this time Jordan was lucky enough to partake in a number of teaching... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Castle

9:00am

Using Google tools for Formative and Summative Assessments
Come see and build some interesting and engaging formative and summative assessments using a variety of Google tools! Please bring a device as in addition to discussing the various benefits of different Google tools for assessment purposes, attendees will have time to test and build assessments of their own!

Speakers
avatar for Philip Hambly

Philip Hambly

Learning Coaches, Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Hello, my name is Phill Hambly and I am a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. As a Learning Coach, I am charged with supporting teachers shoulder to shoulder as they learn about pedagogical tool or strategies, the purposeful inclusion of technology in the classroom or the... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Cedar

10:15am

Break
Saturday April 27, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Alpine Meadows

10:30am

Start a Social Media Conversation
There are a lot of misconceptions around how kids are using social media. For the most part, adults can’t help but focus on the obvious-to-us, negative aspects. Most of it comes as a surprise to the kids we talk to. They’re not using it the way we think they are. Joe Whitbread and Jo Phillips, from Jo(e) Social Media in Lacombe are starting a social media conversation in schools across Alberta and beginning to help kids, parents and teachers learn the potentials of the digital channels. It’s time we talk about what we CAN do with social media. How to empower students to use their voices and take control of their personal social brand. How to motivate and support each other and build on their causes. How to grow passions and use the relationships they’re SO good at developing digitally, to enhance their world and provide opportunity.

Speakers
JP

Jo Phillips and Joe Whitbread

co-founders, Jo(e) Social Media
Joe Whitbread: Co-Founder and CEO of Jo(e) Social MediaJoe started his career in broadcast journalism, and was an on-air, radio personality and producer at a variety of stations after college. With professional experience in television and radio, Joe has helped hundreds of businesses... Read More →



Saturday April 27, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Summit 222 Lynx St.