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Thursday, February 7
 

9:00am

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch pads and safety nets
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. In this session, the speaker will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan.This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It addresses metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012),   Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.  

Speakers
avatar for Ashley McPherson

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Literature to Engage Your Students in K - 5 Social Studies
This session features literature that will engage your students and support the K- 5 Social Studies curriculum. Literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Participants will explore relevant and high interest books and receive annotated lists linking the resources to the curriculum. Additionally there are suggested activities and projects participants could use in their class tomorrow.

Speakers
KA

Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies, from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for 15 years and is in her second year as the Principal at Milo Community... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Meghan Adams - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Layers of Reading in Secondary English Language Arts Classroom
In a time when literacy demands on students are increasing, do you notice that your students are less willing to engage in reading? Do they seem to lack the necessary stamina to tackle complex texts? How do you build a reading program that honours the nature of our students, our program of study, and principles of sound assessment? We will share activities that have allowed our students to connect more deeply with all text forms, including a novel read aloud, student choice reading, literature circles, stories, articles, poetry, film, and visuals. Although our examples are from LA 9, all strategies presented can be easily adapted for other grade levels.

Speakers
NH

Noreen Holt

Noreen is a former teacher, retired after 33 years as a teacher and lead teacher. In the classroom, she taught a variety of courses and levels, but the bulk of her experience is in jr. high language arts. Noreen is interested in adolescent literacy, formative assessment, and teacher... Read More →
DR

Danica Raymond

Danica is a classroom teacher of LA 9 and high school English, as well as a former lead teacher in content literacy and assessment. Danica is an avid reading of young adult literature in addition to a well-established mentor in areas of literacy and English.


Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

9:00am

Tabletop Gaming: A Critical Hit in the Classroom
Tabletop gaming is fun, easy to learn, easier to teach, and appeals to children of all ages. Combining Alberta Education’s core competencies with both literacy and numeracy, tabletop gaming provides teachers with the opportunity to engage students with a range of scenarios and situations. Join hosts Matthew Dixon and Shane Hewitt as they walk attendees through a number of hands-on activities, modeling how tabletop gaming may be used to achieve a variety of key learner outcomes across multiple classes and grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dixon

Matthew Dixon

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Matthew Dixon defines himself by the wellbeing of those around him. Having worked with Elk Island Public Schools since 2001, Matthew’s dedicated himself to improving the lives of those around him, such that he may sleep at night knowing the world is better for his efforts. Like... Read More →
SH

Shane Hewitt

Shane Hewitt has worked with people with diverse learning needs for almost 20 years. He has worked in a number of different settings including home intervention, school-based programming, clinical intervention settings and seconded to the Ministry of Education. Shane has a Master’s... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
MacEwan - Alberta College: PCL Hall (Rm 541) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Teaching Word Solving Strategies - A Forgotten Skill?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

While strategies for comprehension are the primary focus of reading instruction, the ability to recognize words by sight and how to solve unfamiliar words is also necessary. So you know your students would benefit from learning these specific skills, but you're not sure how to teach these strategies. This session will show you how to identify students who need this specific instruction and how to actively engage them in word work lessons. The areas that will be addressed include: how sounds in the English language are represented by various letter combinations; how to break words into parts; and how to effectively use context to solve unfamiliar words – ALL WITHOUT WORKSHEETS! As an added bonus, many of these skills are related to helping students become better spellers too. Optional $10.00 fee for a CD with printable materials.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
MacEwan - Alberta College: Stollery Hall(Rm 409) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 104
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:30am

What a Baby Chimpanzee Taught Me About Becoming a Better Teacher
An inspiring and uplifting presentation about one teacher’s eye-opening travels around the world and his relentless efforts to rescue a chimp in danger. As a child, Spencer Sekyer grew up in a small town, where many of his days were spent hunting in the woods and pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete. But when his athletic career ended, he found himself seeking new goals. Spencer returned to school and became a teacher. Realizing he still had much to learn about the world, Spencer set out to explore its most dangerous areas. He traveled to Sierra Leone to volunteer in a local school, followed by trips to the West Bank, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Each time, Spencer returned home a little wiser, a little more emotionally mature, and a little more ready to give back to a world that had given him so much. In Duhok, Kurdistan, Spencer’s journey took a new turn. After stumbling into a local zoo, Spencer formed an unlikely bond with Manno, a young chimpanzee who had been kidnapped from his family in central Africa and sold into captivity. Determined to get Manno back to his home, Spencer began to investigate the shadowy, dangerous world of global animal trafficking. Facing resistance at every turn, and with ISIS closing in on Duhok, Spencer finally set in motion an international effort to get his friend to safety, before it was too late.

Speakers
SS

Spencer Sekyer

Spencer Sekyer is an adventurer, philanthropist, and educator who has taught in Sierra Leone, the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Haiti. His passion is assisting children and animals in Canada and in distressed areas around the world, and his travel... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B.
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English

11:15am

Formative Writing Activities in Secondary Language Arts
Looking for quick and simple ways to help your students improve their writing skills? Join us as we share formative assessment writing activities and discuss ways to motivate reluctant writers without using marks as an incentive. Strategies that will be discussed include quick writes and cloze exercises. Examples will be shared from jr. high language arts classrooms, but activities can be adapted to fit your context.

Speakers
NH

Noreen Holt

Noreen is a former teacher, retired after 33 years as a teacher and lead teacher. In the classroom, she taught a variety of courses and levels, but the bulk of her experience is in jr. high language arts. Noreen is interested in adolescent literacy, formative assessment, and teacher... Read More →
DR

Danica Raymond

Danica is a classroom teacher of LA 9 and high school English, as well as a former lead teacher in content literacy and assessment. Danica is an avid reading of young adult literature in addition to a well-established mentor in areas of literacy and English.


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Building a Better Unit: An English Teacher's Toolkit
Are you a teacher of English Language Arts who seeks to shift from teaching by genre to teaching by theme? Perhaps you are an English Language Arts teacher who teaches by theme and seeks insight into how someone else does it? Join Matthew Dixon as he walks attendees through the construction of units that are thematically linked, conceptually dense, and built around valid, meaningful assessments. This session is intended for beginning and veteran English Language Arts teachers alike, be they at the junior or senior high school level.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dixon

Matthew Dixon

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Matthew Dixon defines himself by the wellbeing of those around him. Having worked with Elk Island Public Schools since 2001, Matthew’s dedicated himself to improving the lives of those around him, such that he may sleep at night knowing the world is better for his efforts. Like... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Literacy Fun"Dice"Mentals - Gud stewdents kan spel beder and use bederer english
Participants will learn a variety of literacy games and activities they can use with their Grade 4 to 6 students to help them with their vocabulary development, reading, spelling and proper use of grammar. Cards, dice and letter tiles will be used as manipulatives for these hands-on activities. Participants will come away from this workshop with skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to implement the games and activities back at their school site, quickly and easily. Great session for classroom teachers (especially those with ESL students) as well as resource and special education teachers. Student work samples will be shared and a handout will also be provided. Come prepared to play and learn some literacy games and learn why recent brain research indicates games aren't just a good learning strategy, but the most efficient learning strategy.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

Co-owner/Author, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, and humor to his presentations gained through decades of experience as an educator. Teachers will learn games and activities closely tied to the Alberta Curriculum. Participants have said "… a lot of great activities to bring back to my... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 43620
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Literature to Engage Your Students in Grade 6-9 Social Studies
This session features literature that will engage your students and support the Social Studies curriculum in Grades 6 - 9. Literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Participants will explore relevant and high interest books and receive annotated lists linking the resources to the curriculum. Additionally there are suggested activities and projects participants could use in their class tomorrow.

Speakers
KA

Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies, from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for 15 years and is in her second year as the Principal at Milo Community... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Wow! Did My Students Really Write That?
With the help of finely crafted literature, teach your students to get rid of boring, lazy words and to use powerful verbs and elaborative details instead - thus building the foundation for effective narrative writing throughout the year. Learn how to help your students practice these strategies as they engage in focused listening, drama activities, shared writing and short writing projects. You and your students will be amazed at the results! Most suitable for Gr. 1 – 6 teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
MacEwan - Alberta College: Stollery Hall(Rm 409) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 104
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Genius Hour: Learn How to Empower your Students to Explore their Passions
Genius Hour is an opportunity for students to choose something they want to learn about. Regardless of what they study or build, they meet both ELA and Social outcomes in the process. In this session you will receive a more expansive overview of what Genius Hour is and how it is implemented. We will explain the structure of the unit we created, the results based on our own experiences, and show you how it directly aligns with LA and Social curricular outcomes. You will also leave with a link to a google folder with a ready-made Genius Hour unit (based on LA8 and SS8 outcomes, which could easily be adjusted to fit other grades levels) that you can incorporate into your own classroom.

Speakers
KD

Katie DeBoer

Katie teaches grade 8 humanities at Ecole JE Lapointe School in Beaumont, AB.


Thursday February 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English
 
Friday, February 8
 

9:00am

Using a Locked Room in the Classroom
Locked rooms continue to be a popular pastime. Have you looked around and wondered how to incorporate it into your own class? This session will show you how to set up and use a locked room in math and ELA classrooms. We will show various types of puzzles, clues and investigative strategies. We will talk about strategies that were successful and ideas for improvement. We will also address what didn't work and why. Supplies and tools that were used will also be discussed along with the experiences of our own students. You will walk away with a lesson plan and specific tasks that you can implement into your classroom with minor adjustments.

Speakers
SL

Shaunda Lang

Shaunda has a BSc in Biology and a BEd Secondary Science. She has been teaching math and science for 12 years at the junior high level. She currently teaches at Thomas B. Riley School in Calgary. Her class is full of hands-on, interactive lessons, with engaging projects. Her personal... Read More →
JZ

Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 13 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at West Ridge School. She focuses on interactive and simulation type activities in... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Citadel Theatre: The Club 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

9:00am

Multisensory Instruction Matters: developing decoding & spelling abilities in struggling readers
How do you work with the students who are at risk of, or diagnosed with a reading or writing learning disability? Your struggling reader and speller has had extensive phonological awareness intervention and yet is still not progressing very quickly in his/her reading and spelling skills. Extensive research shows that an explicit, systematic, and simultaneous multisensory reading program can be an effective approach for these students. Learn the basics of what this could look like in your guided reading sessions or even in a whole class mini lesson. Following the long standing renowned and heavily researched Orton-Gillingham approach you will be introduced to how to help make a guided reading session work for your struggling students as well as compliment your own teaching strategies in the classroom. You will learn how to connect your students' visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning pathways while learning useful word patterns and spelling generalizations. The program places an emphasis on phonemic skills while maintaining the phonological awareness basics, fluency, and comprehension.

Speakers
LA

Loraine Auger

I first began my education career as an EA in a French Immersion setting working with students with special needs, helping with their reading, writing, and math. My passion is helping young struggling readers and writers. I then went on for a Bachelor of Education degree through Campus... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Emily Stanton - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Poetic Writing: Poets in Action
Finely crafted picture books can serve as models for teaching students to use strong verbs and figurative language to create vivid word pictures. Learn how to help students use poetic devices such as personification, similes and rhythm. Many examples of fine poetic picture books and the resulting children’s writing will demonstrate how even the most un-poetic teacher can bring poetic writing to life in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:30am

Jabberwocky - A full year project for Science 7
It is sometime in the future and humanity is beginning to explore new worlds. We focus on Jabberwocky, a newly discovered planet with 8 continents each with a different ecosystem. Students work on various tasks through the 5 science units. For example, they will "discover/create" various plants and animals, describe the different adaptations, and how they work as part of the ecosystem. Students are able to show their knowledge through the different tasks. They are also very engaged, and love to share what they have learned. You will walk away with the introduction of the planet, tasks for each unit and marking guides.

Speakers
SL

Shaunda Lang

Shaunda has a BSc in Biology and a BEd Secondary Science. She has been teaching math and science for 12 years at the junior high level. She currently teaches at Thomas B. Riley School in Calgary. Her class is full of hands-on, interactive lessons, with engaging projects. Her personal... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Citadel Theatre: The Club 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

10:30am

Bringing Social 8 to Life!
Want to bring history to life in your classroom? Want your students to experience history? This session will walk you through simulations that you can run for the Italian city states introducing the Renaissance, feudal Japanese society, Aztec society and the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to know more! They will have opportunities to put themselves into history and become the characters that before they merely read about! Lots of humanities cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with the complete simulation packages for 4 different sims.

Speakers
JZ

Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 13 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at West Ridge School. She focuses on interactive and simulation type activities in... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Chateau Lacombe: McDougall Room
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

11:15am

Play On Words - Primary Literacy Games
Come prepared t play hands-on literacy games and activities that incorporate the use of easily found manipulatives including dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. The activities are easy to integrate into your language arts program, can be used in whole class or small centers, and are great for regular, resource room and second language programs. Ideas for learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyme, vocabulary building, spelling single and multi-syllable words, cloze activities and more will be shared. Come away with gameboards and ideas to implement Monday. This is a repeat of last year's session due to demand.

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

Educator, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks.com


Friday February 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:30am

Becoming Sentence Acrobats - Tools for Composing Effective Sentences
Do your students use repetitive sentence structures because they don’t have the tools to make their sentences more interesting and lively? Help your students understand that adding sentence variety to writing will give it life and rhythm, and learn how to teach sentence fluency in a way that transfers into student writing. This session will focus on the following areas: using strong verbs to breathe life into sentences; varying sentence beginnings; varying sentence structures; and how to actively engage students in learning sentence composing tools. This session is suitable for Gr. 4- 12 teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30am

The Hunger Games and the Bible: Hope, Freedom, and Sacrifice
The Hunger Games is a riveting trilogy and a widely popular work among young adults. Though set in the dystopian future, Suzanne Collins’s series taps into themes such as freedom, oppression, hope, and self-sacrifice that are very much relevant today. The gladiatorial-like combat and ubiquitous allusions to the ancient Roman Empire, moreover, suggests the series is equally about the past and the trajectory of Western civilization. Given this, the major thematic concerns of the work are taken up and analyzed in relation to the Biblical narrative.

Speakers
GM

Gerard Mclarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 200
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:45am

How to create an authentic understanding of Residential Schools for your Students
Engaging students in conversation surrounding Residential Schools is challenging in ensuring that students receive the academic facts without losing the personal stories and understandings that are the tragedy of our history. Without the emotional connection and understanding, empathy and reconciliation will be an incredibly hard task. This session will help you explore ways to facilitate both an academic and personal understanding of this complex and heartbreaking time in our history. The resources that will be explored for you to use in your classrooms are two Canadian documentaries, a graphic novel, as well as music videos created by First Nations youth exploring their challenges in the world today moving forward towards reconciliation. All the resources are voices from the Indigenous community sharing their story in their voice. Tools and tips on how to effectively utilize these tools in your classroom (notetaking strategies from documentaries and a graphic novel, as well approaches to music lyrics as poetry, etc.) will be provided along with assignment ideas and assessment rubrics.

Speakers
JZ

Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 13 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at West Ridge School. She focuses on interactive and simulation type activities in... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

12:30pm

A Thousand Words: Using Images in the ELA Classroom
This session focuses on engaging students with images in a way that is outside the box. While it is important to understand technical aspects of imagery, it is more important to be able to respond to and reflect on images in personal and critical ways. During this session, we will focus on various ways to use images within the English classroom - comics, students photography, and more. Participants will have an opportunity to view and respond to images throughout this session. Lesson ideas will be provided. Open your eyes and see that an image really is worth a thousand words.

Speakers
DU

Danielle Unger

Danielle Unger has been teaching Junior/Senior High English for the past five years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Danielle worked as an in-house trainer for the Alberta Motor Association for five years. Regardless of teaching setting, she believes in creating an engaging and risk-taking... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Congo for the Taking... Imperialism, Idealism and Realism
Congo’s History as a case study of Imperialism and Neocolonialism... 19th Century to the present. “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only.” Joseph Conrad. Congo has a rich legacy of such Imperial Ideas: Protection from Arab Slave Traders, Development, Civilization, Christianity, Commerce, Paternalism, Racism, Anti-Communism, Great Power Rivalry, Capitalism, Humanitarianism, Peace Keeping, Independence, Self Determination, Structural Adjustment Programs, Neoliberalism, Pursuing Genocidaires... but what was really at the back of it? “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale” Joseph Conrad. Africa is one the West's richest neocolonial projects and Congo is the heart of that darkness. This presentation uses quotes from "The Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Imperial policy from Leopold's Congo to the present. Suggested documentary and book: BBC Documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story, https://vimeo.com/107867605 There Will be Blood by Judi Rever, https://www.cbc.ca/books/in-praise-of-blood-1.4828729

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. He has been studying and talking on the need for a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History. One with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. “What I particularly enjoyed was... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Sylvia Brendel - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 200
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

2:00pm

SLAM Poetry in the Senior ELA Classroom
This session focuses on engaging students with poetry in a way that is outside the box. While it is important to know poetic devices, it is more important to be able to create writing that speaks from a point of relevancy. During this session, we will focus on breaking the mould and writing word poetry that is intended to be spoken at an in class Poetry SLAM. Participants will have an opportunity to work on delivery techniques and even write a poem to perform. Check out Shane Koyczan on YouTube to get a taste of what is in store. This sessions is not for the faint of heart, so come prepared to experience poetry in a way like never before.

Speakers
DU

Danielle Unger

Danielle Unger has been teaching Junior/Senior High English for the past five years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Danielle worked as an in-house trainer for the Alberta Motor Association for five years. Regardless of teaching setting, she believes in creating an engaging and risk-taking... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English