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Wednesday, February 20
 

6:00pm MST

Welcome Reception & Registration

The Welcome Reception kicks off the event with appetizers and networking opportunities.
Featuring music performed by Werklund School of Education alumni "I Am The Mountain"! Carefully woven throughout their song you will hear and feel the emotion and atmosphere. Colton Graduated from the University of Calgary 2 years ago with a degree in Communications and Education. He now teaches Elementary music for the Calgary Board of Education nearby. Keath is finishing up his music performance degree in the school of Arts and Performance here at UofC, and is planning on continuing his education to be a Junior High Band Teacher.
Safewalk is available by calling Campus Security at 403-220-5333

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Sumara

Dennis Sumara

Dean, Werklund School of Education
Dr. Dennis Sumara is currently Professor and Dean of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Prior to this appointment he held administrative and academic appointments at University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, York University and Simon Fraser... Read More →


 
Thursday, February 21
 

8:30am MST

Opening Keynote - "Gimme Shelter: Building Advocacy, Facilitation, and Confidence in Today's Youth"

Dr. Shirley Steinberg, Werklund Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies, Werklund School of Education Research Professor Shirley Steinberg’s work has highlighted the difference between working with youth, and working on them. “What is missing,” she says, “is the pedagogical need to listen to youth, observe youth, and to facilitate spaces for youth to take over and govern their own needs.” Dr. Steinberg’s presentation will address the complexities and issues of youth research, pedagogy, and the need for informed action - not just talk.
Shirley R. Steinberg is a Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies. Steinberg's work focuses on the cultural/social/education development of youth. She is concerned with how society views young people, and her work creates an environment in which youth are viewed as positive democratic agents within society. Using this framework, Steinberg directs a Centre for Youth Leadership Education which is concerned with the ability of young women and men to enact leadership both for themselves and with others.

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Steinberg

Shirley Steinberg

Werklund Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies
Shirley R. Steinberg is a Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies. Originally a social/improvisational theatre creator, she has facilitate... Read More →


9:30am MST

Travel Time
Thursday February 21, 2019 9:30am - 9:40am MST
Education Classroom Block

9:40am MST

A1.1 - Assessing the impact teaching abroad has on current teacher’s practice
This presentation will centre on my research on the long-term impact of a pre-service sojourn teaching experience on teaching practice. The presentation will include the reasoning behind the research, methodology and results. The lasting impact on professional development of teachers’ empathy, confidence and appreciation will be highlighted.

Speakers

9:40am MST

A1.2 - Welcoming Parents Involvement Into Our Classrooms
Positive parent-teacher relationships are essential for success in student learning. Learning how to create these relationships needs to be part of the experience that pre-service teachers receive both on campus and in their teacher education practicum. This presentation describes strategies to help new teachers create positive relationships with parents


9:40am MST

A2.1 - Understanding the value of coaching and mentoring to support new and developing teachers
Beginning teachers are often nervous and anxious about how they implement new or unfamiliar pedagogical strategies into their planning. Having access to a coach or mentor can provide valuable support. We will discuss lessons learned from a recent research project that highlighted the benefits of coaching and mentoring.


9:40am MST

A2.2 - Link2Practice: A Model of Ongoing Teacher and Teacher Candidate Professional Learning
Link2Practice is a teacher education partnership between a local school district and the University of Victoria teacher education program. This partnership enables teacher candidates to experience schools and classrooms early in their program, engaging meaningfully with experienced teachers and interweaving practical considerations with theoretical understandings of learning and engaging students. Teacher candidates involved in this program will share their insights.


9:40am MST

A3.1 - Analyzing reading curricula for ideology and representation: The case of Raz-Kids
How should teachers examine the ideological content of reading curricula? This paper presents a framework for doing so, and applies this framework to Raz-Kids, an online reading curriculum. The findings indicate profoundly troubling patterns within Raz-Kids. The paper closes by suggesting possible ways of responding to troubling curricula.

Speakers

9:40am MST

A3.2 - Developing Course Responsive Resources
We will discuss the rationale and process behind the resource development to fit the teaching of an introductory chemistry course for engineering students. Main takeaways will include an appreciation for the basics of OER development and an opportunity to discuss how to incorporate various established texts into the course content.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Gilbert

Brian Gilbert

Undergraduate BSc BEd student, University of Calgary


9:40am MST

A4.1 - Identifying authentic assessment tasks in mathematics textbooks
This presentation reports on a survey of elementary school mathematics textbooks to determine the extent to which they include authentic assessment tasks and illustrates how teachers can use the Authentic Intellectual Quality [AIQ] framework to identify authentic tasks and modify textbook tasks to raise their level of AIQ.


9:40am MST

A4.2 - Rethinking Repetition: Building Numeracy Competence in Early/Middle Years
How can early/middle years teachers build numeracy literacy? Math educators often move between inquiry-based learning and rote styles, but is that effective? I will explore the role of repetition in math skill development and consider how activities based in repetition have potential to build numeracy competence with greater student engagement.


9:40am MST

A10 - Inspiring and Connecting with Students Through Mural Making
The purpose of this workshop is to give participants a real life example of engaging students through creating art. My personal journey of creating a mural at my first practicum school was an unforgettable experience. I will begin by sharing my mural journey, from inception to completion, with supporting images of the actual process. This interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to begin designing their own mural, so that they could complete this project in their own context. We will discuss the challenges and complexities involved in working with students through the processes of design to the ultimate execution of a significantly-sized and meaningful mural.

Speakers

Thursday February 21, 2019 9:40am - 10:50am MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

9:40am MST

A5 - Nightmare on WestCAST Street: Students’ Perceptions of Popular Culture & Literacy

This workshop explores student perceptions and engagement with literacy through various genres of popular culture. A student’s perceptions of text can be altered by use of literary techniques such as sensory impressions and inter-textual associations. Children/adolescent literature, movies, redesign and remix texts will be discussed in this workshop.


9:40am MST

A6 - Space, Place, and Relationships: Fostering Meaningful Connections with Students and their Environments

The new BC Curriculum places emphasis on personal, social, and community-based growth in our classrooms and beyond. This presentation will explore how to develop meaningful relationships between teachers and their students, students and their peers, and students and their environment. The presentation will involve games and exercises that will encourage classroom community building and crirical thinking; instructions will be provided for participants so that they may adapt the activities for their own classroom.


9:40am MST

A7 - So you think you can escape? Creating an escape room for your class!

Escape rooms might be taking over team-building and party experiences, but have you ever thought of making escape rooms as part of your curriculum? In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will first explore the elements of a curriculum-based escape room, followed by a chance to create their own escape room (in groups) to challenge an opposing group. Who will be the first to escape?


9:40am MST

A8 - Rocky View School's Design Thinking Cohort

Collaborative design thinking is one of the current instructional design framework's within Rocky View School's. Teachers have the opportunity to sign up for "Design Thinking Cohort's" for their professional development, which are "immersive, hands-on PL workshops that bring Teachers together to design inquiry and project-based learning experiences that are real, visible and for everyone." Pre-service teachers will take students through a workshop based on their experience in Field 3 while attending a Design Thinking Cohort with their partner teacher. They will also speak to the process, learning outcomes and benefit of attending Rocky View School's Design Thinking Cohort.


9:40am MST

A9 - Integrating Indigenous Pedagogies in Cross-Curricular Instruction

This session is a practical workshop that engages and inspires educators with ways they can connect cross-curricular content through Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing. This session will focus on learning how to respectfully and practically integrate Indigenous pedagogies in cross-curricular instruction and will briefly highlight ways to integrate Indigenous pedagogies in classroom management. Prioritizing Reconciliation, this session will consider the advantages and disadvantages of cross-curricular instruction and provide examples of Indigenous pedagogies.

Speakers

10:50am MST

Travel Time & Nutrition Break
Snacks will be provided on the 3rd floor of the Education Block (by the Registration Table)

Thursday February 21, 2019 10:50am - 11:00am MST
Education Classroom Block

11:00am MST

B1.1 - Designing Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plans and Assessment Tasks: Problem-Based Learning and Authentic Assessment
This paper will discuss and demonstrate the use of problem-based learning and authentic assessment principles in the design of Grades 5–7 social studies lesson plans and assessment tasks to enhance middle-school students' learning and mastery of social studies disciplinary knowledge and also essential 21st century competencies.


11:00am MST

B1.2 - The Great STEM Race Developing 21st Century Skills through a STEM Inquiry-Based Unit of Study
This paper presents the personal narrative of two pre-service teachers who developed and enacted a STEM, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary unit of study titled The Great STEM Race in their Field Two Experience. This presentation addresses how the mandatory STEM course has impacted the practice of student teachers in classrooms with their students.


11:00am MST

B2.1 - Understanding the Factors that Contribute to High School Students’ Decisions to Study Physics in Higher Education
Interviews with undergraduate research award students at the University of Manitoba found various personal, social, and academic factors that contributed to their decisions to study physics. The results of this study have impact on connecting critical academic decision-making variables with physics students at both the secondary and post-secondary level.

Speakers

11:00am MST

B2.2 - How Students Operationalize Mechanical Dissection in a Science and Technology Class
In science and technology, mechanical dissection (MD) involves disassembling a mechanical object to understand how it works. Our study documents how students in Quebec operationalize this process. The results, based on qualitative research, bring out three different ways that students do so, leading to recommendations regarding the teaching of MD.


11:00am MST

B3.1 - Multiple Sites of Learning: Exploring Teacher Education Through Competencies
Our Secondary teacher education program is organized around campus based coursework and school-based obseration and seminar. Teacher candidates in UVic's Secondary Education (TRUVIC) program will discuss the development of teacher education competencies through school and campus linked coursework and field experiences.


11:00am MST

B3.2 - The Benefit of Inquiry Based Learning for Teacher Candidates
With Link2Practice, teacher candidates spend one Wednesday a week in Elementary Schools and are encouraged to observe and explore inquiry questions through practical experience. Within this presentation, we will be exploring the benefits of teacher candidate inquiry-based learning and the inquiry subjects that are being explored by our peers.


11:00am MST

B4.1 - Showing Students that Summer Break doesn’t mean a Break from Learning
Louis Riel School Division’s ASPIRE program is a program designed to help students continue to grow as learners throughout the summer. (LRSD: ASPIRE, 2018) The goal is to embed learning in hands on games and activities that promote literacy and numeracy. This in turn, prepares students for a successful school year. ASPIRE is continuously proving to be a successful program, proving the need for more programs such as this. This presentation will share the benefits of the ASPIRE program and its importance and potential based on personal experiences and data gathered from students in the program.

Speakers

11:00am MST

B4.2 - Authentic Assessment - How the shaping of assessment can inspire our students
Authentic assessment is a growing necessity in the way we interact with our students. My paper will go into detail on how getting rid of the regurgitation mentality can inspire our students to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Speakers

11:00am MST

B5 - Seeing is Believing: Challenging Alternate Conceptions in Genetics by Connecting Micro and Macro Level Processes
This workshop will address alternate conceptions about genetics that are common among students throughout the genetics unit and present a hands-on model-based approach teachers can implement into their own classroom to challenge these misconceptions. Participants will engage in the activity first-hand and experience how it can forge connections between complex concepts within this content area.


11:00am MST

B6 - Connecting with Compassionate Communication

This presentation and workshop will be based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and his book called Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life. Non-violent communication enables us to increase our ability to live with choice, meaning, and connection, and connect emphatically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships.


11:00am MST

B7 - Digital technologies: Connecting theory with effective practice

The purpose of this workshop is to share ideas and resources about how digital technologies can be used by pre-service students to connect theory with effective practice in their teacher education programs and future professional careers.


11:00am MST

B8 - But do I Belong? Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through The Wonder of Names

Presenters will share their experiential learning journey of forming individual and community connections by exploring the wonder of names and the history of the star quilt. The presentation will introduce ways this experiential approach can be incorporated practically into the classroom to foster a sense of belonging and inspire connections.

Speakers

11:00am MST

B9 - Valued AND Vulnerable: The complex experiences of male elementary teachers

There are fewer men than women teaching in schools today, and men are simultaneously valued AND vulnerable. In this workshop Dr. Garry Jones, an experienced teacher, principal and researcher; Todd Webber, a mid-career teacher; and Brian Gilbert, a second year Werklund teacher candidate, will talk about the complex experiences of men who choose to teach.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Gilbert

Brian Gilbert

Undergraduate BSc BEd student, University of Calgary


Thursday February 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

12:10pm MST

Lunch
Lunch on your own - feel free to check out some of the food outlets on our main campus: https://www.ucalgary.ca/finance/files/finance/food-outlets-2017_02_16.pdf and a map of where to find them http://ucmaps.ucalgary.ca/PublicFiles/CurrentMaps/CampusMap_MainCampus_Letter.pdf

Thursday February 21, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm MST
Education Classroom Block

1:30pm MST

C1.1 - Indigenous Knowledges and Sustainability
This presentation will look at identifying relationships between sustainability and Indigenous knowledges in post-secondary education. Sustainability discourse indicates a need to reconsider our approaches to social, economic, and environmental issues because without deep transformation, global human survival is in jeopardy. At the same time, post-secondary education institutions in Canada are Indigenizing their settings but lack discussion on sustainability and Indigenization as related concepts.

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C1.2 - Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Outdoor Education
Outdoor education has moved beyond a focus on nature, risk, and adventure to consider notions of place, environment, sustainability, and social change It is in this repositioning of outdoor education that this paper suggests opportunities for the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives drawing on the 4R’s of respect, relevance, responsibility, reciprocity.


1:30pm MST

C2.1 - Comparing Panel Interviews with Multiple-Mini-Interviews for Admission into Teacher Education
This study examines interviews as one of the admission variables to a teacher education program. Results from multi-mini interviews (MMIs), traditional behavioural panel interviews, and other admission variables (such as GPA and work experience) are compared.


1:30pm MST

C2.2 - Transforming thought through reflexive experiential learning: Applying reflective thought to pre-service teacher practice
This workshop will explore the application of reflective practice to teacher education. The presentation and discussion will identify the role reflection plays in instructional processes, examine the importance of reflection for pre-service teachers in particular, and explore recommendations as to how reflection can be incorporated into teacher practice.

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C3.1 - “Children like stories”: How to inspire teachers to integrate evolutionary theory through nonfiction picturebooks
In this presentation, we will reflect on our ongoing research on the possibilities of using nonfiction picturebooks to teach threshold concepts such as evolution, time, and space in a classroom setting.


1:30pm MST

C3.2 - How First Peoples Traditional Storytelling Can Be Used as a Strategy to Improve Literacy in the STEM Classroom
First Peoples traditional storytelling can be used as a teaching strategy to improve literacy in the STEM classroom by enhancing both spoken and written language, by promoting a deeper reading comprehension and understanding of scientific topics, and by illustrating concepts through meaningful and transformative interactive activities.


1:30pm MST

C4.1 - Effective Physical Activity in the Classroom
We believe that not only are students active learners, but also that the most efficient learners are active students. As future educational professionals, we realize the significant impact that movement and physical activity throughout the day has on students in the classroom. It is imperative that we implement physical activity into day-to-day classroom instruction for students from grade 1 to grade 12. This presentation will focus on the importance and ways of bringing physical activity into the classroom during curriculum instruction to supplement and enhance student learning, no matter the age of our students.


1:30pm MST

C4.2 - Toward Worthwhile Life: Inspiring Capability, Narrative, and Cultural Awareness in Literature/Social Classrooms
This session intends to inspire a capabilities approach to teaching and learning through authentic conversations, readings, and cultural literature. Engaging curriculum, contexts, competencies, and change (grades 4-12) occur best through relational education with new Canadian literature, narrative theory (Fowler), capability theory (Nussbaum, Moules, Markle), and hermeneutics (Caputo, Gadamer, Schaufele).

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C5 - Technology Infused Pedagogy: Virtual Reality Brings Learning to Life

This interactive presentation using Virtual Reality illustrates the integration of technology into learning designs that promote critical thinking and creativity. The experience provides educators with resources to create learning designs that equip their students for today and tomorrow. Technology-rich collaborative learning environments encourage deeper learning through inquiry-based pedagogy.

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C6 - Let’s Talk Science in the Classroom - Inspiring the Leaders of Tomorrow

This workshop will emphasize education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It will highlight the benefit of incorporating hands-on learning into STEM classrooms, discuss the implications of a STEM education in Canadian society and outline the role of Let’s Talk Science as a resource for educators across Canada.

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C7 - Connecting with children on the autism spectrum through music and literature

Building on the skills in tonal perception often observed in children with ASD, Dr. Scott highlights activities by which children may explore their voices and experiment with vocal sounds as well as music-based activities that help students with ASD connect with teachers, paraprofessionals and peers through songs and singing.

Speakers

1:30pm MST

C8 - Case Scenarios and Supervision Dimensions: Reflective Tools for Engaging with Supervision Practice

In this workshop, we will facilitate an opportunity for participants to actively engage with reflective teaching tools related to supervision in teaching practicums. Utilizing case scenarios and supervision dimensions, small groups will assume key stakeholder roles and gain practical experience for developing a reflective supervision practice.


1:30pm MST

C9 - Language and Belonging Through Socratic Seminar

Educators will explore how to use Socratic Seminars in their classrooms by participating in discussions surrounding English Language Learners and social and emotional health in the classroom.


2:40pm MST

Travel Time & Nutrition Break
Snacks will be provided on the 3rd floor of the Education Block (by the Registration Table)

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:40pm - 2:50pm MST
Education Classroom Block

2:50pm MST

D1.1 - Inspiring Youth Leadership: 3 Years of Change in Southern Alberta
Youth are central to any conversation that involves them. They are the ones who can mobilize and make change in their schools and their communities. In this presentation, we will share our experiences working with 300 youth leaders and changemakers, and highlight how teachers can be an asset, rather than a barrier, to meaningful change.


2:50pm MST

D1.2 - Connecting Students, Schools, and Communities through Service-Learning
Service-learning – participating in meaningful service that is directly connected to student learning – enhances students’ academic experiences and connects their learning to real community needs. In this presentation, we will share our experiences as organizers and participants in this work, and highlight how teachers and teacher educators can use service-learning to enhance their practice.


2:50pm MST

D2.1 - Calgary Secondary Teachers' Perceptions of Homework
Teachers may absentmindedly assign homework to students due to tradition or under-education, which results in students’ lack of authentic learning experiences. This mixed-methods study examined Calgary secondary teachers’ perceptions of the role of homework. The results indicate the importance of providing teachers with professional development on the topic of homework.


2:50pm MST

D2.2 - Design Based Thinking and the Reshaping of Student Teacher Pedagogy and Practice
The purpose of this presentation is to share the stories of student teachers who set forth to deeply explore and write about how their deep participation in the university education course Design-based Thinking shaped and reshaped their pedagogical thinking, mindsets and practice during their final eight-week Field experience that took place following this course.


2:50pm MST

D3.1 - Digital Good Relations in a Community-Based Indigenous Teacher Education Program
The paper reviews the challenges and benefits of blended learning experienced by Indigenous Teacher Candidates in a community-based Bachelor of Education (BEd) program. With this delivery model, Indigenous Teacher Candidates complete their BEd at a Field Centre. Blended learning enhances Indigenous learning experiences and engagement with living in good relations.


2:50pm MST

D3.2 - Teaching for First Nations Students: An Inquiry into the Effectiveness of our teaching during final practicum
One of the common requirements for pre-service students is to investigate the effectiveness of their teaching to support diverse students' learning with attention to our First Peoples. In this workshop we describe how we used profiling of our teaching practices based upon what First Nations students identify as effective practices to identify areas of our teaching that were supportive of students' engagement and learning and focus on areas needing adjustment. In this session we
present our learning about culturally responsive pedagogy and provide participants the opportunity to profile their
teaching


2:50pm MST

D4 - Empowering Students through Inquiry

This workshop will explore student inquiry in a variety of settings and across various subject matter. The session will include models of extended inquiry processes as well as short and accessible examples with practical resources. Learn how a shift in mindset can empower students to own the learning process and inspire innovative thinking.

Speakers

2:50pm MST

D5 - Destination Imagination After School: Connecting and Inspiring with Vulnerable Youth

Destination Imagination (DI) is a powerful tool teachers can leverage to build students' collaborative problem solving and academic resilience. This workshop will consider the impact of DI in afterschool and Inner City settings specifically, emphasizing how preservice teachers can bring DI into their practicums and future teaching practice.

Speakers

2:50pm MST

D6 - The power of hands-on learning - a practical workshop

Based on my own TEDx presentation on the ‘Forgotten Power of Hands-on Learning’,  this interactive workshop will engage participants in some hands-on activities! Teachers can recreate hands-on learning in the classroom for many subjects including math, coding and more. Implement these practical ideas into your classrooms right away!

Speakers

2:50pm MST

D7 - Yoga to Inspire and Connect

This workshop is aligned with the West Cast themes of “Inspire and Connect” through the medium of Yoga. The workshop will experientially and theoretically highlight how the physical practise of yoga, movement and breath can create a connection and sense of community. As well it will outline how to incorporate physical awareness into the teaching environment by giving tips and resources on self-regulation and self mastery in their interactions with students. Be ready to move!

Speakers

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:50pm - 4:00pm MST
Education Tower 01 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

2:50pm MST

D8 - Drawing Connections Between Western Educational Theories and Indigenous Worldviews and Pedagogies

This workshop will examine parallels between current educational theories, such as social and emotional learning, and Indigenous pedagogies. We will explore how our teaching practices may already reflect Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and identify pathways for integrating Indigenous knowledge in a culturally responsive and respectful way.


2:50pm MST

D9 - Learning through Making: How Do We Design and Assess the Learning?

There is a growing trend to facilitate experiential learning in makerspaces. As students engage in learning through making, how do teachers know they are engaged in deep learning? This interactive session will engage participants in a making activity to explore factors that impact task design and assessment criteria.


4:00pm MST

Travel Time
Thursday February 21, 2019 4:00pm - 4:10pm MST
Education Classroom Block

4:10pm MST

E1.1 - Connecting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth: Learnings from a National Youth Gathering
As teachers in Alberta and Canada, it is our obligation to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, to recognize our roles in reconciliation, and to foster mutual recognition, respect, and shared responsibility. This presentation highlights our learnings as participants in a recent National Youth Gathering focusing on the future of respectful relationships.


4:10pm MST

E1.2 - How Beaver Got a Flat Tail: Engaging Teacher Candidates and Teacher Educators in Indigenization
In this presentation, two teacher candidates and two teacher educators share their engagement with indigenizing education through a learning activity in a language and literacy methods class, which involved creating a picture book and four lesson plans that reflect First Peoples Principles of Learning and Aboriginal knowledge and world views.


4:10pm MST

E2.1 - Authenticity as a catalyst for inspiration and connection: Conversations and strategies shared between a student teacher and a practicing teacher
Fireside chat with a student teacher and a practicing teacher approaching the teaching journey from different entry points and a shared conviction: to become better educators by becoming more authentic. We explore the role of authenticity as a catalyst for inspiration and collaboration in ourselves, our students and our colleagues.


4:10pm MST

E2.2 - Side-by-Side Learning: Teacher Candidates Transforming Practice Through Peer Assessment During Field Experience
UNBC School of Education Instructors alongside Teacher Candidates developed a space where highly intentional and focused discussions were conducted in triads of Teacher Candidates. Teacher Candidates co-planned, observed lessons, and gave peer feedback during their field experience. These shared experiences amongst peers developed lifelong skills of collaboration, collaboration and networking.


4:10pm MST

E3.1 - Homophobia in the hallways: Heterosexism and transphobia in Canadian Catholic schools
This paper emphasizes the findings and implications of a study that examines the causes and effects of the long-standing disconnect between Canadian Catholic schools and the Charter by comparing the treatment of and attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (lgbtq) teachers and students in publicly-funded Canadian Catholic schools.

Speakers

4:10pm MST

E3.2 - Implications of the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada Affecting Educational Policy
This research attempts to explore the implications of Bill C-45: 'The Cannabis Act' and how this could influence educational policy in schools. We investigate the opinions of multiple stakeholders involved in education about the bill, mitigating the transition, and other exploratory topics such as attitudes towards policy change, drug testing, and the impacts on students and teachers.


4:10pm MST

E4.1 - ITEP PD School Model
The Indian Teacher Education Program has developed a partnership with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division (St. Francis School) in implementing a Professional Development School (PDS) Model to connect with the Field Study requirements at the College of Education.

Speakers

4:10pm MST

E4.2 - Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Comprehensive School Health
This presentation will explore the perceptions of pre-service teachers’ attitudes and beliefs about Comprehensive School Health (CSH) and their role as future educators. With descriptive phenomenology as our theoretical lens, core themes that emerged include: takeaway messages related to CSH, teachers as health champions, teacher wellness, and the demanding nature of teaching.


4:10pm MST

E5 - Inspiring Intrinsic Motivation in Elementary Science Class

This workshop will introduce educators to some hands-on, wow-factor science demonstrations that can be used as an introductory activity to capture the attention and imagination of students. Designed to inspire intrinsic motivation, these activities are a creative alternative to introducing a concept verbally.

Speakers

4:10pm MST

E6 - Infusing Creative Movement into the Curriculum

This dance based movement workshop will show how educators can teach curriculum competencies through creative movement. The workshop includes multiple lesson plans that cultivate movement literacy in dance through eurythmics, spatial awareness, and kinesthetic response. From there, the workshop will provide a bridge between dance-inspired movement exercises and the core curriculum from K-7.

Speakers

4:10pm MST

E7 - Readers Theatre: Connecting Reading and Writing in Dual Language Books

In this workshop, we will invite the audience to consider what it means to teach in multilingual and multicultural schools. We will demonstrate an approach that pre-service teachers use to connect reading and writing in teaching English Language Learners. Participants of the workshop will be engaged in a series of activities including reading aloud of a dual language book, writing responses, and reading aloud from writings.


4:10pm MST

E8 - STEM Introductory Electronics Course

The workshop explores how concepts from Math 30-1, Math 20-1, Physics 30, Math 31 are linked to electrical engineering. A filter is a circuit that passes only certain frequencies from input to output. In the workshop the students will learn how to build a low pass filter, a high pass filter and how to eliminate an unwanted signal using a low pass filter.


Thursday February 21, 2019 4:10pm - 5:20pm MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

4:10pm MST

E9 - Classroom-Based Physical Activities

There is substantial research regarding physical activity and its benefit on student learning. The first half of our workshop would provide the research on benefits of physical activity and student learning, while the second half would be hands-on where teachers learn physical activities that can be incorporated into their classrooms.


Thursday February 21, 2019 4:10pm - 5:20pm MST
Education Tower 01 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

5:30pm MST

Réception en français
Vous êtes cordialement invités à une réception en français. Venez discuter entre amis et collègues et partager vos expériences d'enseignement et d'apprentissage du français. Ou venez simplement vous divertir ! Hors-d'œuvres seront servis. 
Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter Dr. Sylvie Roy à syroy@ucalgary.ca


Thursday February 21, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

6:00pm MST

Thursday Student Social

Please join us for an evening with students from across Western Canada to watch two amazing and thought provoking documentaries, followed by pizza and a time to socialize and meet with many other Pre-Service teachers! Hosted by the Werklund Education Students' Association (ESA). Cost of $15 covers food and beverages during the event.
Safewalk is available by calling Campus Security at 403-220-5333


Thursday February 21, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm MST
Education Classroom Block 179
 
Friday, February 22
 

8:30am MST

F1.1 - Artwork from Residential Schools as a Window into Understanding Canadian Residential Students’ Experiences
This presentation is about visual art created within residential schools as a way to understand Indigenous youths’ experiences while they attended these schools. The aim is to comprehend what Indigenous students were representing during their residential school experiences in order to shed light on our understanding for our present times.

Speakers

8:30am MST

F1.2 - A critical inquiry into a pedagogical framework for incorporating First Nations perspectives in science teaching
The SE model (Engage, Explore, Engage, Elaborate, Evaluate) has been a framework for planning and teaching used by science teachers for decades. In this workshop we describe and engage participants in examples of how we have used a modification of this model to a 7E approach drawing from Elders and the Environment. Based upon our teaching
experience using the 7E model we provide critique of the strengths and limitations of the model and provide some active learning experiences based upon this reconsideration.


8:30am MST

F2.1 - Teacher Candidates' Perceptions and Reflections on their Social Emotional Competencies
Discussion will highlight teacher candidates' perceptions on identity changes in relation to social and emotional competencies (SEC), while going through a teacher education program. This study aims to understand how pre-service teachers reflect on their growth of SEC as a part of their work and developing teacher identity.


8:30am MST

F2.2 - Digital ePortfolios: Bridging teacher education and professional practices in schools
The use of digital ePortfolios (DPs) has developed as part of a growing movement in multiple sectors of education. In our use of DPs in teacher education, it has become evident that DPs enable teacher candidates to develop as professionals. In this presentation, we connect the context of curricular transformation in British Columbia to our teacher education programs and explore how the use of DPs in teacher education can inform professional practices in K-12 schools.


8:30am MST

F3.1 - Partnering for Transformation: Seeking the Threads That Connect Us
Teacher educators and preservice teachers across two universities in different parts of the province have been collaborating to work through the opportunities and challenges afforded by the education transformation movement in British Columbia. Consistent themes of Community, Place and Story have reverberated through our work at both institutions. This session will allow participants to hear varied perspectives, presented using voice, story, artifacts and images, then join in conversations around the challenges of becoming a teacher in the midst of so much change.


8:30am MST

F3.2 - Building today's classroom: Mortimer Adler's theory and Constructivism
This paper focuses on the benefits and drawbacks of behaviourism and constructivism, specifically through the theories of Mortimer Adler


8:30am MST

F4.1 - Connecting with Refugee Students Through Trauma Informed Practices
With hundreds of refugee students in Alberta schools, many of them coming from traumatic backgrounds, it becomes increasingly important for teachers to understand both the challenges of teaching refugees, and the techniques to do so effectively. This workshop will provide theory and practical techniques to engage with this diverse and vulnerable group.

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8:30am MST

F4.2 - Connecting Across Cultures: What happens when people play the Refugee Journeys Board Game?
This interactive workshop invites attendees to engage with the integration experiences of refugees through the use of a board game tool, followed by a discussion of relevant policies and ways to incorporate voices of diverse learners in the classroom.

Speakers

8:30am MST

F10 - Transgender Awareness: Proactively Creating Safe Spaces in Our Classrooms
Presenters will offer personal narratives with inclusive and non-inclusive learning environments and will facilitate activities for building empathy and classrooms strategies for inclusivity.


8:30am MST

F5 - E.P.P.I.K: Educational Professionals Planning Interdisciplinary Knowledge

Participants will experience the gamification of interdisciplinary unit planning. Through this engaging presentation, participants will have the opportunity to play E.P.P.I.K, Education Professionals Planning Interdisciplinary Knowledge. E.P.P.I.K was designed to help remove some of the barriers when planning interdisciplinary units. By playing collaboratively, participants can share their knowledge and excitement.


8:30am MST

F6 - The Value of Connections Outside of the Classroom in Pursuit of Inspiring Students

Leaving the classroom limitations, in what ways can teachers enact a natural inspiration and connection? How can we help our students, and others, create a deep and relevant connection with environmental pedagogies, where students understand the connection relevance? As new teachers, lets learn how to enrich curriculum with real life connections.

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8:30am MST

F7 - Connecting Educators to Competency Based Education

In this 45-minute workshop we will explore a recent study investigating the curricular shifts towards competency-based education (CBE) and attempt to orient teachers to how CBE has evolved in general education, and to disambiguate its various formulations and theoretical underpinning.


8:30am MST

F8 - Rediscovering your schoolyard: A Lesson in Orienteering

In this orientation-based workshop participants will take part in a team-based activity that allows them to reimagine their school grounds as a place for outdoor adventure. This workshop will teach participants how to create, setup and navigate a basic orienteering course on school property.
*If the weather is good, we will be going outside. Come dressed warm!


Friday February 22, 2019 8:30am - 9:40am MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

8:30am MST

F9 - Creating a Sensory Smart Classroom

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the Zone'IN sensory regulation program designed for teachers by Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan. The workshop will provide the audience members with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to create a sensory smart classroom. Additionally, the workshop will include the findings from a recent action based participatory study where two intermediate classroom teachers in SD#73 (Nicola-Thompson) tried out a sensory smart classroom for 4 months with their intermediate students.


9:40am MST

Travel Time & Nutrition Break
Snacks will be provided on the 3rd floor of the Education Block (by the Registration Table)

Friday February 22, 2019 9:40am - 9:50am MST
Education Classroom Block

9:50am MST

G1.1 - Our First Teacher: The Land - Inciting Students' Curiosity in Math & Science through Relevancy
This presentation will reconnoitre the issues related with teaching and learning of mathematics and science in the northern communities. Ideas will be presented to connect and generate interest, inspire and motivate underachieving and disengaged northern youth to succeed.

Speakers
AM

Amjad Malik

Associate Professor, University College of the North
Associate Professor Faculty of Education, University College of the North, Thompson, MBThe Kenanow Bachelor of Education Program (July, 2012 – Present)Assistant Professor – Community Base Education (CBE)Faculty of Education, Brandon University (BUNTEP) Brandon, MB Department... Read More →


9:50am MST

G2.1 - Designing an interdisciplinary course: Identity, citizenship, authenticity, and real-world problems in secondary science
Using a Science 10 course plan I will showcase how all units can be cohesively integrated into semester-long projects and exhibitions of learning. This design incorporates Indigenous pedagogies and place-based learning, allows students to work with specialists to learn about real-world problems, share their learning with their community, and explore existential questions of identity.


9:50am MST

G2.2 - Inspiring Students to Feed the World: Careers in Food and Agriculture
The objective of this paper is to provide resources to teachers in different subject areas, so they can encourage students to choose careers in agriculture. The federal government’s recent focus on increasing Canada’s agricultural capacity and new international trade agreements means there is no better time than now to choose a career in Agriculture.

Speakers

9:50am MST

G3.1 - Strategies for Promoting Engagement, Communication, and Self-Regulation for Children with Autism
This presentation explores how to promote inclusivity in the classroom by utilizing physical supports and verbal prompts for children with autism. The questions that I will be addressing are: What is autism?; What strategies can teachers use to support students with autism?; Why are these supports critical to their learning?

Speakers

9:50am MST

G3.2 - Perfectionism and its connection to Mental Illness
Amy is a former registered nurse, a Mum of two awesome young men who she homeschooled, and a wife of 23 years. Amy has also dealt with mental illness since Elementary school, undiagnosed until only a few years ago, in her early forties. She will talk about her personal struggle with mental illness and perfectionism throughout her schooling years, from grade school to graduating University and the effects of mental illness related to parenting and educating her own children. Amy will also share how diagnosis and recovery have given her a life she never thought possible on her journey as a pre-service teacher. Discussion will (hopefully!) focus on how ideas to support each other as students and teachers for those that suffer from mental illness, whether due to perfectionism or not.

Speakers

9:50am MST

G4 - Environmental Science Curriculum Development Project for the Stream to Sea Program: Students share their learning
The workshop will provide an opportunity for the team of students and faculty from Thompson Rivers University to share a unique project that was designed to enhance an existing curriculum, which was outdated and lacked Indigenous content. "Protecting the salmon: An environmental education research project" is an interdisciplinary initiative combining education and research at the community level. The project includes two major aspects: 1) implementation of a pilot environmental education curriculum; and 2) implementation of an action-based research study.


9:50am MST

G5 - Engaging preservice teachers in selecting mathematics tasks based on level of cognitive demand

This presentation focuses on how preservice secondary school mathematics teachers were engaged in developing an understanding of how to identify and select mathematics tasks of four different levels of cognitive demands to use in their teaching and the impact on their conceptions of worthwhile mathematics tasks for meaningful learning.


9:50am MST

G6 - Elementary Computer Coding

Anyone can code! During this introductory workshop, attendees will be introduced to the benefits of computer coding in the elementary classroom. Teachers will be provided with hands-on activities and resources that can be used in Grades K-6 to introduce computational thinking and coding concepts. No coding experience necessary!

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:50am - 11:00am MST
Education Tower 146 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

9:50am MST

G7 - Using Math Work Stations in the K-8 Classroom

During this workshop a team of early-middle years (K-8) pre-service teachers and a professor will walk you through the development and implementation stages of a 'work station approach' in your classroom. You will get several great ideas for partner games that will inspire your students as they practice key math concepts.


9:50am MST

G8 - Who are the Métis?: An Experiential Introduction to the Lifeways of the Red River Métis & the Sociocultural Impacts of Canadian Expansion

This workshop will demonstrate an interactive approach to teaching the social, political, economic, and cultural lifeways of the Red River Métis in the nineteenth century prior to the Red River Resistance. The latter portion of the workshop will show how to effectively bridge pre-resistance lifeways into a classroom analysis of the resistance and the reign of terror against the Métis peoples of Red River.

Speakers

9:50am MST

G9 - Teaching Aboriginal Perspectives in our classrooms

In this workshop, we will explore cross-curricular ways to introduce Indigenous perspectives into our classrooms. We will explore different activities and resources, including the BC Curriculum and First Peoples Principles of Learning. Please be prepared to interact with one another in short, guided mini-lessons. Huy ch q'u (Thank-you in Hul'q'umi'num!)

Speakers

11:00am MST

Travel Time
Friday February 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:10am MST
Education Classroom Block

11:10am MST

H1.1 - Let's see what happens: The Importance of Being Earnestly Curious
Curiosity can be a conduit for engaging students. Provocations can be a stimulus, capitalizing on student's own curiosity and driving any inquiry. Join Paula Hollohan and Tammy Flanders as they introduce you to their unique approach when it comes to engaging preservice teachers in library workshops by modeling techniques that can be used in K-12 classrooms.


11:10am MST

H1.2 - Developing the life-long critical thinker
Teachers have the responsibility of imparting critical thinking skills on their students, which they will then utilize throughout their educational careers and lives. The Philosophy for Children movement encourages the early development of critical thinking and reasoning skills in young children through focused discussions of abstract concepts and practical issues.


11:10am MST

H2.1 - Connecting Imagination
The paper aims to discuss the importance and methods of accessing imagination. Imagination is creativity and wonder held within the mind and, if liberated, it has the power to emotionally and cognitively impact every individual. Research will be presented that enables teachers to access their own and their students' imagination.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H2.2 - Aspiring to Inspire
The essential question for this presentation is "How can we inspire and connect with our students?" Key points will include: Teaching techniques that lead to inspiration and connection in classrooms; teaching techniques prevent inspiration and connection and therefore should be avoided; and tips for new teachers to conclude the presentation

Speakers

11:10am MST

H3.1 - Ready, Set, Action: Using Film in Foreign Language Classes
My paper looks to detail how teachers can incorporate the use of film into their language classrooms to inspire students to continue learning the target language and to foster connections between the student's identity within the target language's society and in a larger context, within the world.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H3.2 - British Columbia French teacher candidates’ experiences navigating the digital terrain of the language classroom
Technological integration has found a place in the language classroom and language instructors must learn to adapt to this changing environment (Kramsch, 2013). This study reveals the unheard voices of B.C. French language teacher candidates who are tasked with teaching a language and culture while integrating technology and online resources.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H4.1 - From deserted classrooms to vibrant classrooms alive with boys! Opening Calgary's only public boys' school
I took over a deserted school in June 2011 and by September opened Canada’s only public boys’ school. I retired in 2013 and completed a research project with a small number of boys and their parents. I will present comments of parents and students about choosing the All Boys Program.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H4.2 - Current events, the classroom and student needs: An eco-system for success and connection
Discussion of current events in the classroom has a profound value in students' development: It encourages reflection, inspiration and opportunity to be socially conscious. In some contexts, discussion of current events can be necessary, as a response to students' needs (Higbee 2002). Thus, how may we encourage an integrated exploration into current events?


11:10am MST

H10 - Mindfulness and Meditation: Activities and Benefits for the Classroom
A quick description of some of the proven benefits that mindfulness, quiet time, and meditation can have within the classroom followed by a few example activities that can be used to bring these techniques into the classroom. The first is a tension and release activity, and two more activities will be using a snow globe (that the children can have made in class) as a focus point for each individual.

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Friday February 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:20pm MST
Education Tower 01 Education Tower, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8, Canada

11:10am MST

H5 - Enhancing Mathematical Understanding With Manipulatives in Grades 4 - 6

Manipulatives are not just for Kindergarten! During this workshop, pre-service teachers will be introduced to activities that may be used within the Grades 4-6 classroom for supporting mathematics learning. Attendees will explore mathematical concepts through the use of hands-on activities that demonstrate how students construct understanding through physical evidence.


11:10am MST

H6 - Cool Careers in the Classroom: Creative Approaches to Infusing Career Development into Middle Years Classrooms

This workshop seeks to provide teacher candidates with innovative, creative and practical career development activities for middle years classrooms. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of interactive activities that will help inspire their student make connections between school and finding fulfilling life and work roles.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H7 - The Importance of Character Strengths for Building Resilience
As individuals draw on their resilience, they discover characteristics that they may not have been aware of and that they will be able to utilize. This workshop is designed to explore personal character strengths and outline the benefits of fostering these strengths in ourselves to cultivate inspiration in our students.

Speakers

11:10am MST

H8 - Stay Fit with Micro:bit
Our vision is to integrate technology into an array of curricular areas, with special focus on integration into PE. We will be coding the Micro:bit to function as a Fitbit and exploring the possible activities and applications that can be derived from its functionality.
*Please bring a laptop and be prepared to move!


11:10am MST

H9 - Representing Canada's policy history with its First Peoples through the Arts
Increasing attention is given in provincial and territorial curricula to Canada's policy history with its First Peoples. The
Grade 5 BC Curriculum calls for teachers to investigate with their students the negative and positive impact of policy on minority groups. In this workshop we present a variety of ways in which Grade 5 students might represent these policies and their impact through the Visual Arts, Music, Orama and Dance.


12:20pm MST

Travel Time
Friday February 22, 2019 12:20pm - 12:30pm MST
Education Classroom Block

12:45pm MST

Closing Keynote & Buffet Lunch - "Creativity in the Classroom"
An associate professor in chemistry and in the Werklund School of Education, Adams was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Creativity in Post-Secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Education. As a leader in informal science education research, she will be partnering with the Faculty of Science and Werklund School of Education to lead a program that will spark a deeper understanding of the relationship between creativity, creative practices and STEM learning. Adams will use her research results to inform pedagogical and theoretical perspectives in STEM teaching and learning at UCalgary and in the larger field of secondary science education.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer D Adams

Jennifer D Adams

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Creativity & STEM
Dr. Jennifer D. Adams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  After college she worked in physical therapy for two years before entering the field of education. Dr. Adams taught high school Biology in the New York City Public Schools and concurrently worked as a field instructor for... Read More →


 
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