LIFT 2018

 

Please note:

  • A cancellation fee of $10.00 will be charged with respect to any cancellations requested.
  • Late/walk-up registration will be charged an additional $10.00 for full day session; $5.00 for a half day session. NOTE:  Cheques or cash only for walk-up registrations.
  • We now accept either Credit Cards and Debit Cards when registering on-line.
  • Registration fee includes GST.
  • NOTE: Lunch is on your own. 

Keynote Speakers

1) WHAT DOES RECONCILIATION LOOK LIKE? Education in Canada and Kanata
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine’s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Top Forty Under Forty.” He has written national curriculums for the AFN and Indspire and is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on national (such as CBC, the Globe and Mail and APTN National News) and international media outlets (such as the Guardian and Al-Jazeera). His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2019.

Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is the most pressing and critical issue in Canada today. After 150 years of a dysfunctional and difficult relationship, how to step out of this trajectory will be this country’s most important next step. How to teach and empower young (and older!) Canadians in this time is crucial. Come and join with one of Canada’s foremost voices on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in a frank and honest discussion on how to teach and plan for reconciliation.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource & Counsellors
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 100)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 100)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Lecture Theatre
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


2) STRESSED TO KILL
Sylvia Marusyk, Activational Speaker
MTS Balance Team

Sylvia! is an International ACTIVATIONAL speaker who gives her audience the tools to build healthy lives and workplaces.

She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety and health! Sylvia!’s entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of workplace safety and health, Sylvia! knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses.

Stressed employees make more mistakes, take more time off work and are less safe on the job due to preoccupation, poor judgment and fatigue. Recognizing we are a mind-body, not a mind and a body, has helped her educate people about truly effective ways to change their health. Sylvia!’s presentations invite audiences to laugh while learning practical, powerful tools to handle stress, reduce repetitive strain injuries and prevent burn out.

Sylvia! also continues to practice as an Occupational Therapist, providing accredited workplace injury prevention services to all sectors of business and industry. The former radio show host of Happy Hour With Sylvia!, is also a regular Health & Wellness contributor to CJOB radio.

Sylvia! wants to help you discover the power of your mind-body so you can make the rest of your life, the best of your life!

Stress is the next health epidemic. Stress leave costs businesses over 50 billion dollars a year. With mental illness on the rise, everywhere you turn people are ready to blow their top! In “Stressed to Kill” Sylvia! takes an in-depth look at the effects of stress, shares her powerful tools to reduce stress (the legal and moral ones only….) as well as personal strategies for becoming the “boss “of your stress. Discover better health and a dramatically improved quality of life! And if that’s not enticing enough, how about learning the secret to slowing the aging process? Sylvia! will share that too! Discover: The powerful biochemical impact stress has, as well as its strong and indisputable link to illness. How to identify all the components of stress – physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental – and avoid or modify many of these. The mind-body connection to stress and how you can stop it in its tracks with these techniques.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource & Counsellors
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 100)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 100)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Choir Room – Room 41
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


3) CRITICAL THINKING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Garfield Gini-Newman, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Senior National Consultant with “The Critical Thinking Consortium”

As an Associate Professor at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium, Garfield has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and provocative activities and authentic assessments. Garfield has spoken across Canada and internationally on critical thinking, brain compatible classrooms, curriculum design, effective assessment practice and nurturing 21st century skills in a digital world. In addition to working at the University of Toronto and delivering workshops, Garfield has taught in the Faculties of Education at York University and the University of British Columbia. Garfield has also authored several articles, chapters in books and seven textbooks and has taught in the f=Faculties of Education at York University and the University of British Columbia. His most recent book, co-authored with Roland Case, is Creating Thinking Classrooms.

Teachers and 21st century curriculum developers recognize critical, creative, and collaborative (C3) thinking as some of the most important aims of education. Yet it can be challenging to embed in everyday teaching. Many educators wonder, “What are practical and effective ways to invite critical thinking? How are creativity and critical thinking related? How can technology invite students to collaborate in their critical thinking?” Join Garfield Gini-Newman, Senior National Consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium, as he explores these questions and provides concrete examples of inviting C3 thinking across the Manitoba curricula.

Suitable for All Grades
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 50)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 50)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: McLaren Room-Admin Office
Brandon School Division
1031 – 6th Avenue, Brandon, MB

Full Day Sessions

4) MIDDLE YEARS TRACK AND FIELD COACHING CLINIC
Jason Jones, Educational Assistant and Mike Steeves, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Jason Jones has been a High School Track coach in the Brandon School Division for 18 years as well as a Level 4 track official. Involved with track and field for 30 years, he has competed nationally and was a provincial long distance champion.

Mike Steeves has been a High School teacher in the Brandon School Division for 16 years. He has been involved in coaching various sports, including: football, basketball, rugby, track and field, and hockey. Mike has competed competitively as a CrossFit athlete, triathlete, long distance runner and university athlete.

This track and field coaching clinic will be focused towards middle years track. This session will be geared towards coaches and physical education teachers who coach and/or officiate at the middle years level. This clinic will cover all track and field events offered at middle years levels. Specifying in the basic principles of event guidelines and regulations, specific event techniques, running form, the importance of dynamic warm ups and simple strength and fitness training tips.

Suitable for Grades 6, 7 and 8
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Brandon Sportsplex Track  and Round Classroom
30 Knowlton Dr., Brandon, MB


5) INFUSING ABORIGINAL PERSPECTIVES
Brenda Margetts, Carter McLean, Erin Hunnum, Educators, Interlake School Division

Brenda Margetts has been a classroom teacher for over 30 years teaching Grades K-8 and Resource. Early Years children are her passion and continues to be excited to engage their learning. Upon her retirement year she was awarded The Prime Ministers Excellence in Teaching Award. Her teammates are from the Interlake School Division and are both enthusiastic educators unafraid to try new and exciting things. Carter is a Junior High educator and Erin is in Middle Years. This makes our team a well-balanced approach to engaging student learning.

Brenda Margetts, Carter McLean, Erin Hunnum (Interlake Divisional Team) will show participants how to infuse Aboriginal perspectives in all curricular areas throughout the school year. This workshop makes daily connections to the theme of Seven Teachings and our connection to Mother Earth. The team demonstrates how to involve the community, guest artists, and local high school students in this initiative. Participants can be expected to explore many ready-to-use activities that they can take with them in a very hands-on interactive day.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 8
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 228
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


6) TRADITIONAL LIFE SKILLS
Robert and Vanessa Kakakaway, Indigenous Consultants, Kakakaway & Associates

Mr. Robert Kakakaway:
During his childhood Robert attended an Indian Residential School for six years before being placed in non-native foster homes for four years. As a result, he experienced many hardships including the loss of his cultural ways. He was caught up in addictions, conflict with the law, and no direction in life before realizing the importance of healing ceremonies and maintaining a life of balance and harmony. Like many of his people Robert walks in two worlds. He carries a drum in one hand and a brief-case in the other hand. That is just his way of saying he can follow his traditional ways in contemporary society.

Mrs. Vanessa Kakakaway:
Vanessa has been facilitating traditional workshops since 2002. She traveled to many communities to learn about her culture. It has been an honour for her to sit in ceremonies with Elders and learn about her traditional ways. She was introduced to many wonderful people on her journey and they all had something new to teach her. Although she has a busy schedule running their business Vanessa still takes the time to teach her grandchildren about spirituality and their traditional way of life. In the sacred circle, Vanessa also teaches about the role of women, traditional parenting and traditional Life Skills. She finds these teachings very helpful when she is confronted with everyday problems.

Kakakaway & Associates – An Indigenous Way of Life.
A brief overview of our cultural practices helps us to understand the detrimental impact of both the residential schools and child welfare policies. Parents were robbed of an opportunity to nurture their children during their early stages of life and young adulthood. Prior to that teachings took place all the time. But, when children were sent to residential schools and foster homes, the smooth transition into subsequent stages of life was severely disrupted. Initially each stage in life had boundaries that were clearly defined and rites of passage marked a growth towards the next developmental stage. Today many of our people are lost so they turn to Pan-Indian teachings found on the internet. They need to learn about Creator’s laws from ceremonial teachings so everyone knows their roles and they can contribute to the well-being of their families, communities and nations.

9:00 Opening prayer and song
– Introductions
– Tobacco offerings
– What is traditional life skills?

9:30 The story of our first smudge
– Where was it found?
– What was it used for?
– Different smudges used to access the spirit world

10:00 Childhood Ceremonies
– Placenta/Belly button ceremony
– Traditional names
– Moss bag teachings

10:30 Break

10:45 Youth Ceremonies
– Rites of passage
– Vision Quests/ fasting
– The role of a helper

12:00 Lunch Break NOTE: Lunch is only 1 hour.

1:00 Adult Ceremonies
– Traditional male and female roles
– Traditional Marriage
– Cultural practices

2:30 Break

2:45 Elder Stage
– The definition of an Elder & their rite of passage
– The roles of an Elder

3:15 The Passage Home – our journey to the other side

3:30 Closing prayer & song

Reconciliation can be achieved by restoring our traditional values. Children, youth, adults and grandparents all have a role to play here. Everyone should know what deal they made with Creator before they were blessed with life so they can fulfill their vows. Traditional teachings should start in the homes, but they should also be included in the education curricula.

Suitable for Grades 9-12, Administrators, Resource & Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 50)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: He Oyatae Tawapi Room
Health Studies Building
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB


7) NÜTON: NUTRITION EDUCATION WORKSHOP 
Sarah Cahill, Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Sarah Cahill is a Registered Dietitian with Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. As a nutrition educator, she delivers curriculum based workshops to school teachers, offers sessions to early childhood educators on meeting nutrition needs while developing a positive relationship with food, and presents to Faculty of Nursing students on the importance of nutrition for seniors and to various other groups. Sarah’s other roles include School Milk Program Coordinator, managing Manitoba’s Dairy Best recipes, and participating in local TV cooking show Great Tastes of Manitoba. Sarah believes in a balanced approach to eating where enjoying a variety of nutritious foods is key and the occasional indulgence is encouraged.

Let us do the work for you! Teach nutrition in your classroom from Kindergarten – Grade 10. Delivered by a registered dietitian, learn everything you ever wanted to know about nutrition– the basics, new recommendations, what food labels mean and how to use them. Personal assessment and planning activities will help you develop nutrition skills that will be useful for you and your students. We’ll review learning styles and share activities for students of all ages.

You’ll leave this session ready to teach nutrition. Each participant will receive grade specific teaching material with lesson plans, reproducible student activities and teacher information. All materials and activities are based on nutrition outcomes in Physical Education/Health Education and Science curricula; and meet many outcomes in other subject areas such as ELA, Mathematics, Social Studies and Art. This workshop is also an important step towards improving your school’s nutrition environment.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 10
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 112
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


8) JUNIOR SCIENCE LABS FOR NEW TEACHERS
Paula Nelson, Cheryl Delorme, Coleen McKellar, Andrew Gorowski, Teachers
Brandon School Division

The presenters are all Science teachers at Crocus Plains with over 100 years of combined experience teaching both junior and senior sciences at the secondary level.

This session is geared for teachers in their first 5 years of teaching in science. The focus will be on laboratory activities in Science 9 and Science 10, with hands on opportunities to actually complete some of the labs. There will also be information on lab safety and chemical storage.

Suitable for Grades 9 and 10
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 40)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Rooms 205, 206, 225, 226
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB
NOTE: Meet in Room 205 Science Lab


9) DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING
Teresa Flannery, Literacy Teacher, Brandon School Division

Teresa is an Early Years Educator at Meadows School in the Brandon School Division. She is currently the Early Years Literacy Teacher and Reading Recovery Teacher. She has several hobbies that include photography, cake decorating, card making and scrapbooking.

Teresa is a teacher with the Brandon School Division. She has been scrapbooking and making cards for many years, both paper and digital. She currently uses the online Picaboo program to make cards, calendars and books. She has created many different books over the years, including memory books from vacations, wedding albums, baby albums, pattern books for young children, family history albums and many more. Teresa will share a variety of the items she has created. Learn to create your own memory books, calendars or cards using the user friendly online Picaboo program.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource, Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 216 – Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


10) GMAW (MIG) WELDING
Jeremy Byczkowski, Welding Teacher, Brandon School Division

NOTE: Please wear blue jeans and bring steel toe boots if you have them. There will be a limited number of steel toe boots available to be used in the shop.

I have been teaching at Crocus Plains for 6 years and been a welder for over 15 years. Throughout that time, I have worked in many different areas of the welding industry including manufacturing, construction, food processing, and machine shop welding.

This session is geared towards learning how vocational welding instruction can be delivered within a high school setting. Participants will be taught the fundamentals of GMAW (MIG) welding in the morning, as well as participate in a teacher led project in the afternoon.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource, Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)

COST: $70.00 (Includes Supplies)
LOCATION: Room 131 – Welding Shop
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


11) HAVING CONVERSATIONS
Representatives from the MTS Teacher Led Learning Team (TLLT)

Members of the Teacher-Led Learning Team are leaders, learners, and collaborators who share a passion for professional learning. The work of the team attracts members who are reflective, energetic, and creative. Not only do team members develop skills in group facilitation, but they also work diligently on emotional intelligence abilities such as self-awareness, self-management, communication, social awareness, and relationship management.

Participants will explore knowledge and skills to have purposeful conversations when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions vary.

Topics: Exploring the 3W’s of avoidance – what, why, ways people avoid important conversations; clarifying motive, mindset, conditions, and purpose in preparation for conversations; crafting and practicing conversations using a framework; and considering communication stumbling blocks, triggers, and diffusion techniques to stay in dialogue.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource, Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 223
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


12) FRENCH COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE MAKE AND TAKE
Eva Eberts, French Curriculum Specialist & Kyla Cullen, Teacher
Brandon School Division

Eva Eberts has been the French Curriculum Consultant for 4 years with Brandon School Division. Prior to this position she taught French Immersion for 14 years.

Kyla Cullen has been a classroom teacher with Brandon School Division for 4 years. She has experience teaching the FCC curriculum in Grades 4-8.

This will be a make and take day for teachers who teach the French Communication and Culture program within Grades 4-8. Participants will experience and have the opportunity to prepare curriculum linked activities geared for student engagement. Any teachers teaching the FCC early start or 9-12 are welcome to attend as the activities covered can be modified for grade levels outside of 4-8.

Suitable for Grades 4 – 8
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $60.00 (Includes Supplies)
LOCATION: 
École New Era School
527 Louise Avenue
Brandon, MB


13) GREAT BOOKS FOR GREAT KIDS
Sally Bender, Retired Teacher and
Don Cuggy, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Sally is a retired teacher with a passion for literature. Her knowledge of children’s books is remarkable and her enthusiasm for reading is boundless.
Don has been teaching for somewhere between 35 and eleventy-billion years. During that time, he’s read some pretty amazing books that he loves sharing with kids and with anyone else who cares to listen!

Sally and Don will share great books that they’ve read, from old favourites to new releases. They will also talk about the importance of good literature in today’s world and look at different ways to use literature in the classroom.

Suitable for Grades Kdgn – 8
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 50)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Linden Lanes School
49 Silver Birch Drive
Brandon, MB


14) HIDDEN VISUAL DYSFUNCTIONS THAT AFFECT STUDENTS’ BEHAVIOUR & LEARNING ABILITIES
Dr. Matthew Anderson, Developmental Optometrist
GRAND Developmental Vision Institute

Dr. Matthew Anderson, OD, FCOVD, is dedicated to helping children of all ages with vision problems that masquerade as learning and reading disabilities. He has been practicing Optometry since 2005 and is the Clinic Director at GRAND Developmental Vision Institute in Winnipeg. Dr. Anderson is also the Manitoba Chair for the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. He has been a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development since 2014.

You’ve met them – The bright children who struggle with reading and learning. While they are affectionately called underachievers, there is a reason they behave the way they do. Some children just struggle with learning to read, while others struggle to learn while reading.

These children are likely the 1 in 4 children who suffer from correctable yet hidden visual dysfunctions. Sadly, many children may seem unmotivated, lazy or just not very bright. And yet more may appear unable to pay attention or highly disorganized or can’t seem to behave appropriately.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to help these struggling students. Discover the signs and symptoms of learning-related vision disorders and the exciting ways in which you can help.

Suitable for All Grades, Administrators, Resource & Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 227
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


15) CUSTOM CREATIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM
Brenda McDermid, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Brenda is a mother of two and teaches Grade 1 at Betty Gibson School. She enjoys working with computers and creating documents to use in the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing board games with her family.

Whatever grade or topic(s) you teach – creating your own worksheets, activity pages, games, bulletin board displays or posters can make learning more fun and engaging for your students. You will be able to customize your creations to meet the individual needs of your class or groups. No experience necessary as we use Microsoft Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint to create documents. The afternoon portion of the session will be a time to create your own documents with support.

Don’t have your own ideas? No problem! Put your own spin on any idea you see on Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, or other resources.

*Please note the focus of this session is creating items for personal classroom use; not to create items to sell on TpT.

Suitable for All Grades
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 24)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 107 – Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


16) EXPLORING THE 3D WORLD IN BLENDER
Brent Lowrie, Teacher/Freelance Animator,
Brandon School Division

My animation experience includes three-and-a-half years with Walt Disney Television Animation Canada in Vancouver, where I worked my way from in-between animator to assistant animator testing for an animator position. While at Disney I worked on a 22-minute television special and several feature-length films for theatrical release and direct-to-DVD. As Animation Director at Idea Machine, later Rare Method, in Calgary, I led the creative on several award-winning interactive properties for education and online casual games including Wonderville.ca. As a freelance animator and illustrator through my studio, Anomaly Animation, I have produced storyboards, character design and creation, and animation for television commercials, music videos, web, point-of-sale and print marketing materials. For the last 10 years I have also been teaching animation, illustration and graphic design in Brandon, Manitoba. I am responsible for developing and delivering engaging and challenging curriculum, classroom management and student assessment. This position has given me the opportunity to dig deeper into the theory of art and design.

From blockbuster movies to the hottest video games, today’s youth were raised on 3D computer-generated imagery. Bringing that technology into the classroom can help to engage students in a broad range of subjects from art to math.

In this session, I will introduce you to Blender, a free application that rivals those used by professionals in the industry. With Blender, you and your students can create 3D objects, 2D and 3D animation, edit video and even create simple video games. You will come away with an entry-level knowledge and a wealth of online resources you can share with your students.

Join me for a fun and challenging day of exploration in the third dimension!

Suitable for Grades 7-12, Resource
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 12)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 142A – Graphic Design
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


17) DEVELOPING PD PROWESS THROUGH PLAY
Candy Skyhar, Assistant Professor and Dr. Cathryn Smith, Assistant Professor
Brandon University

Candy Skyhar is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and prior to this worked for twenty years as a rural educator. Her areas of interest include rural professional development, mathematics education, teacher education and social constructivist learning.

Dr. Cathryn Smith is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Administration and Educational Leadership and prior to this worked for many years as a teacher and administrator in Manitoba schools. She facilitates workshops for MTS and mRLC and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at BU. Dr. Smith’s areas of interest include teacher leadership, leadership for change, staff evaluation and leadership development.

Develop your PD Prowess by participating in a game board simulation involving the activities of a PD committee over a two-year period. The game will require you to think about how to develop leadership skills, teacher learning, quality teaching, and student learning within the context of a school community. Through your participation, you will encounter challenges in moving reluctant teachers forward, as well as opportunities to celebrate your committee’s successes. The day will be embedded with lessons around the realities of rural teacher PD and the difficulty of instigating change in educational environments.

Suitable for All Grades, Administrators & Resource
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 40)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 224 – Faculty of Ed
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB

Satellite Session – Portage la Prairie

**NEW THIS YEAR – A SATELLITE SESSION – IN PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE

18) FISHING FOR FUN/EXPLORING OUR PLACE IN RECONCILIATION THROUGH STORY
Hosted by Portage la Prairie Teachers’ Association in Portage la Prairie, MB
Representatives from the MTS Teacher Led Learning Teams (TLLT)

Members of the Teacher-Led Learning Team are leaders, learners, and collaborators who share a passion for professional learning. The work of the team attracts members who are reflective, energetic, and creative. Not only do team members develop skills in group facilitation, but they also work diligently on emotional intelligence abilities such as self-awareness, self-management, communication, social awareness, and relationship management.

Morning Session:
Fishing for Fun
The ability of teachers to collaborate and work together is paramount to student success, yet in the business and stress of teaching, collegial relationships can become strained and unfocused. Participants will learn about the Fish! Philosophy, a mindset that inspires creativity, joy, and productivity to enhance the work we do with students.
Topics: Working with a gameful mindset, choosing attitude, finding joy, and being present.

Afternoon Session:
Exploring our Place in Reconciliation through Story & Fact
In 2015, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation” (TRC, 2015). The role of education in the calls to action is paramount. Topics: The danger of a single story, Indian Act, Sixties Scoop, Enfranchisement, Residential Schools, Peasant Farming Act, Pass & Permit Systems, internalized oppression, and reconciliation.

NOTE: This session is a full day PD with two parts. The satellite session will be held in Portage la Prairie and hosted by the Portage la Prairie Teachers’ Association.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource, Counsellors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $50.00
LOCATION: NORTH MEMORIAL SCHOOL
410 – 6 Ave. NE,
Portage la Prairie, MB

Half Day Sessions – Repeat (A.M. & P.M.)

19) ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
Susan Macaulay, Professional Organizer
MTS Balance Team

Susan Macaulay of Clarity Over Clutter is a Professional Organizer who works with individuals, and families of all ages to create and enjoy a functional home. Susan specializes, as well, working with those who are dealing with Chronic Disorganization and/or Hoarding. The many strategies, skills and habit changes that clients have learned, have helped them in their home, work life and time management. Her continual education and experience has and continues to allow her to share in the positive changes with many people that she has worked with. Susan has been in business as a Professional Organizer since October 2008 and offers services in Organizing, Downsizing and Senior Move, and Estate Cleanout Services.

Getting organized can mean something to one person and something completely different to someone else. We all have our own ways of dealing with “stuff’, whether it is stuff in our physical space or stuff as in our activities and commitments.

Through this presentation, we will look at some of the common areas of concern for many people such as: clothing, laundry, books, music, crafts, household items, paper-paper-paper, storage concerns, and time management.

There will be some ideas and strategies shared on how to start the downsizing process.

Suitable for All Grades, Resource, Administrators, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 40)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 40)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 110 – Music Room
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


20) MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE
Lori Greig, Teacher, Fort la Bosse School Division, and
Allison Greig, Continuous Improvement Coach, Brandon School Division

Lori and Ally are a mother daughter team of teachers. Lori is a grade five teacher in Reston, MB and Ally is a Continuous Improvement Coach in Brandon, MB. When they aren’t teaching, you can usually find them in a book store or mall!

Join Lori and Ally for a half day session on literacy and 21st century skills in the middle years classroom…the best place to be!

Suitable for Grades 4 – 8

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 115
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


21) EXPLORING HUMANITARIAN LAW
A Representative from the Canadian Red Cross

This session will introduce educators to Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) training modules, designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross to introduce young people between 13-18 years old to the basic rules and principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and the Canada and Conflict Toolkit, developed by the Canadian Red Cross to inform and empower youth to take action toward alleviating human suffering. The session will be of interest to high school teachers from a range of subject specialties, including law, social studies, history, civics, global issues, and political science.

Suitable for Grades 8-12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 204
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


22) SURVIVING IN A SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY WHILE ON VACATION
Sandra Fernandez Mesa, Teacher and Denia Roque Hernandez, Teacher
Brandon School Division

Sandra and Denia are teachers originally from Cuba. They studied in the same University and graduated in 1999. In 1997, they participated in the Canada World Youth Exchange Program in Virden-Neepawa being this, their very first trip to Canada before they migrated in 2014 and 2012 respectively. They received their teaching credentials in 2017 and they are currently working in the Brandon School Division, Sandra teaches Social Studies (French Immersion) at Neelin High School, and Denia is an EAL teacher at Vincent Massey High School. They have volunteered teaching English, Spanish, and French at BU for the Hispanic Association of Brandon and they both share a passion for learning and teaching languages.

Have you ever felt speechless while being on vacation in the Caribbean, Mexico? Wouldn’t it be great if you could communicate with locals to fully enjoy your experience abroad?

Come and join us for a fun Spanish session where you will learn basic expressions and idioms that will help you survive in any Spanish-speaking country.

Arriba amigos, los esperamos: Sandra and Denia.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 8
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


23) READING AND THINKING STRATEGIES WITH NON-FICTION
Cindy Swallow, Continuous Improvement Coach, Literacy Coach and Teacher Librarian
Brandon School Division

I consider myself to be a Brain Booster! I challenge students to think in all areas of their lives and to question what they read and think about. My passion is literacy, and my goal is to find books that excite and speak to all students. I have been teaching in Brandon School Division for 25 years. 15 of those years I was a multi-age teacher in Alexander, and the remainder have been at Valleyview in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, Literacy Specialist, HALEP, Continuous Improvement Coach, Teacher Librarian, and Literacy Coach. I am a life long learner. I completed my Graduate Diploma as a Literacy Specialist in 2007 and my Masters in Curriculum in 2017. I will never be done learning and improving!

Reading and Thinking with Non-fiction text requires specific skills to be modelled, taught and re-enforced across all curriculum areas. In this session, we will be focusing on how to teach thinking skills while using a variety of texts and media for various reasons. The presentation is based on Adrienne Gear’s Non-Fiction Reading Power, with new examples of text and activities to try. You will leave with ideas that can be used the very next day in your classrooms. This session is interactive – so come prepared to get involved, and to be actively participating.

Suitable for Grades 1-8

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 122
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


24) PROMOTING FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS
Sarah Belcher, Occupational Therapist and Heather Keeble, Occupational Therapist
Prairie Mountain Health

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2004. She has been working in pediatrics with the Brandon Children’s Therapy Team since that time. Over the course of her career, she has worked with children from birth to age 21 and currently works with the school-aged population. Sarah is level 1 certified in “Handwriting without Tears” and has provided many educational sessions involving fine motor skill development.

Heather is a 2001 graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She began her career working in outpatient therapy and with the homecare program in Brandon, Manitoba. Heather started working with the pediatric population in 2005 and has provided consultative school-aged services through the Brandon Children’s Therapy Team since that time. She has shared her expertise and knowledge regarding fine motor skill development by providing many educational sessions over the years and supporting families and teachers with strategies that will allow the children to reach their fine motor skill goals.

In this session, participants will learn about the importance of foundational skills in promoting successful fine motor skill development in the early years. Participants will be introduced to individual and classroom-based tier one fine motor activities and strategies and will receive a brief overview of the “Learning Without Tears®” program.

Suitable for Kindergarten – Grade 3, Resource

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 207
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


25) LET’S TALK MONEY
Nick Onischuk, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Nick Onischuk is a grade 7-8 teacher with the Brandon School Division who is passionate about financial literacy. He has been able to infuse financial literacy in numerous subject areas. Nick’s honest and enthusiastic approach to money has helped students begin to talk about and understand the importance of their financial futures.

Join me to discover how easy it can be to teach the concepts of money in your classroom. You don’t need to be a financial expert to help your students improve their financial literacy in age appropriate ways. Participants will be guided through the use of free, engaging, easy to use classroom ready resources and lessons. The resources, ideas and lesson plans I will show you are complete and designed to minimize the burden on teachers while still being impactful, engaging and enthusiastically enjoyed by students. In addition to improving students’ financial literacy, we will discuss ways to improve our own financial lives by looking at strategies for saving and investing.

Suitable for Grades 5 – 12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 10
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue
Brandon, MB


26) LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES
Magdalene Andres, Teacher & Ken Storie, Writer/Historian
Turtle Mountain – Souris Plains Heritage Association

Magdalene Andres has been teaching in Turtle Mountain School Division for the last 17 years. Most of those years she has been a Resource teacher to the small schools in the division, working with multi-grade classes K-12. More recently she has combined resource with classroom teaching at the K-8 level. Her Grade 4-8 class’s recent study of the History of Manitoba came alive through the use of TMSPHA resources and Reading Apprenticeship strategies, helping students delve more deeply into their local history and develop a real love for history as a whole.

Ken Storie is a retired educator and historian, who has produced a range of materials for the Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association. He has lived and taught in several communities in Southwestern Manitoba.

Magdalene Andres and Ken Storie will guide participants through the Turtle Mountain – Souris Plains Heritage Association’s comprehensive collection of Local History Resources. Curriculum connections and suggestions for use will be shared. Numerous free, ready-to-use resources will be introduced. www.vantagepoints.ca

Suitable for Grades 5 – 11

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 121
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


27) STARTING A GSA AT YOUR SCHOOL
Jason Fiedler, LGBT2SQ+ Program Facilitator, SERC

Jason Fiedler has been the LGBT2SQ+ Program Facilitator at SERC Brandon for about two years and spends a good amount of time with local GSAs. Jason has a background in social work and is presenting at the LIFT conference this year, for the third time.

A Gay Straight Alliance or Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a student group that addresses diversity within a school or community. They are most common in High Schools but are popping up in middle years as well. Come chat about the different community needs a GSA fulfills and other things to consider in getting a GSA going and surviving at your school.

Suitable for Grades 7-12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 117
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


28) UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH FASD
A Representative from the Prairie Mountain Health Authority

A representative from the Prairie Mountain Health Authority with expertise in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, will discuss this topic, provide strategies and hold a question and answer time.

We will explore what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is, how an individual is affected by it and some techniques that can be used to work more effectively with a student who has FASD.

Suitable for All Grades, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 230
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


29) YOUR RETIREMENT PAYCHEQUE
Marty Minshull, Regional Director, and Cal Vanderschuit, Advisor
Investors’ Group

Marty works closely with families to discuss their personal goals, and then designs a plan to achieve those goals financially. With nine years of planning experience, and a designation in Financial Planning and Retirement Planning, he can provide advice and answer questions relating to almost anything regarding your personal finances.

Cal’s childhood was spent in and around Riding Mountain National Park, also known as Clear Lake. He spent his post-secondary education in Brandon and Medicine Hat where he also played volleyball. He graduated with an Education degree and taught for 2 years before deciding to change careers and join Investors Group. He currently resides in Onanole with his girlfriend and has recently bought his first home. In his spare time he loves to enjoy the outdoors by playing golf, camping, and travelling.

In this session we take a detailed look at how you can determine what to expect from your TRAF Pension, what your income will look like in retirement, whether or not you should save outside of TRAF, and how the products you currently own will work for you in retirement. We will also examine the different ways to achieve your goals as they relate specifically to retirement, to set you up for long term financial success.

Suitable for All Grades, Administrators, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 6
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


30) READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS
Devin Foord, Teacher, Brandon School Division
Cory Nevill, Literacy Specialist, Brandon School Division

Devin Foord is a teacher at King George School in Brandon School Division. He has worked in the middle years as a literacy support teacher working with teachers and students in developing reading and writing skills in all curricular areas.

Cory Nevill is in her 27th year as an educator. She has a passion for literacy and working with teachers to support student learning in this area. She has taught many content area courses throughout her career and brings this expertise to her job as Literacy Specialist 5-12 in Brandon School Division.

This half-day session will focus on providing teachers with purposeful strategies to implement in content area classrooms. We will feature hands-on activities, ready to use in middle years classrooms and beyond.

Suitable for Grades 5-8

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: King George School
535 Park Street
Brandon, MB


31) POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Dr. Pamela Kelso, School Psychologist, Brandon School Division

Dr. Pamela Kelso, PhD, currently works as a School Psychologist in the Brandon School Division. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) from Brandon University in 2002, Master of Arts Degree (Clinical Psychology) from North Dakota State University in 2004, and PhD (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Manitoba in 2012. She has a special interest in working collaboratively with teachers to promote positive student behavior in classroom environments.

This session will focus on strategies for increasing appropriate student behaviors in the classroom in an effort to create more positive school environments and help students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.

Suitable for Grades Kdgn – Grade 8, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 123
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


32) MAKE AND TAKE MATH GAMES
Micki Banks, Teacher and Kristjana Schure, Teacher
Brandon School Division

The two of us have enjoyed working in both early years and middle years classrooms in the Brandon School Division for the past four years. We love to find new ways to increase student learning both by creating new and engaging activities and by capitalizing on other great resources that are out there! We’re looking forward to sharing these ideas and hope that you leave our session with lots of hands on activities and ideas that you can try in your own classroom as well!

This session will include many of our favorite Make-and-Take math resources as well as an original Math Around the World that we have created. This integrates math along with social studies as students cover areas of the world by demonstrating math outcomes at their particular grade level. We hope that you’ll leave our session with many engaging resources that are ready to go for your next math class!

Suitable for Grades 2 – 6

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Learning Centre – Library
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


33) SUPPORTING K-12 STUDENTS WITH CO-OCCURRING ACADEMIC & MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS THROUGH IMPLEMENTING MINDFULNESS-BASED CLASSROOM TRAINING: EXPLORING THE CURRENT RESEARCH AND PRACTICING THE INTERVENTIONS
Breanna Lawrence, Assistant Professor, Brandon University

Breanna is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She teaches child and adolescent development and inclusive education in the undergraduate teacher education program; in addition to teaching group counselling and theories of counselling in the graduate counselling program. She has worked with children, youth, and their families in educational and clinical mental health settings over the past 10 years. Breanna has passionate research interests in the study of positive youth development and resilience and practically applies this knowledge to understand and support mental health concerns in educational contexts.
The impetus for this session is the notable overlap and prevailing climate of mental health concerns as well as learning challenges among school-aged children and youth. Academic and emotional difficulties over time can potentially become more severe without effective intervention (Wagner & Davis, 2006). This calls for increased primary prevention as well as individualized approaches in schools. Students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder experience not only academic challenges, but also social distress that has been linked to feelings of loneliness (Feldman et al., 2016) and elevated levels of anxiety and depression (Klassen et al., 2013; Mugnaini et al., 2009; Nelson & Harwood, 2011). A growing body of research has demonstrated that mindfulness training integrated into K-12 education can be effective for reducing anxiety (Beauchemin et al., 2008) and enhancing attentional and emotional self-regulation (Meiklejohn et al., 2014). Both children and youth can benefit cognitively, socially, and psychologically through direct mindfulness training. The purpose of this session is to discuss the current research on implementing mindfulness training into the curriculum and to practice mindfulness-based interventions to use with students in K-12 classrooms.

Suitable for All Grades, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 214 – Faculty of Ed
Brandon University
207 – 18th Street,
Brandon, MB


34) NO FEAR OFFICE 365
Robert Voutier, Teacher Librarian-Digital Resource Management
Brandon School Division

Robert has lived in NFLD, NB, and LONDON UK. He has travelled extensively throughout UK and Europe-Asia. Robert has taught in many 1st Nations communities over 15 years. He has a BSc. Geology, B.Ed. MUN, Applied Information Technology from ITI Moncton, Voc. Ed. certified in MB (Microcomputers), Emerging Technologies certification from U of M, M.Ed. Brandon University. Previously a systems- business analyst/programmer at McCain’s Global Data Center in NB, his current role is that of Teacher Librarian/Digital Resource & Alternative Programming at Vincent Massey High School, in Brandon. Robert is a concert & music aficionado who is also addicted to books …mostly non-fiction with some Vonnegut and other satirists creeping in.

The task of learning Microsoft Office 365 can be quite daunting given the number of tools available within this online environment. When you add to this the native programs that duplicate the online apps, it can be downright confusing. To navigate this learning environment and pick the programs that provide the most efficacy for educators, we will learn which programs to attend to and which are timewasters; which are deserving of your limited time, and which are of little or no concern. Just like in MS Office where only a small amount of the plethora of tools are used, so too it will be with Office 365. This will hopefully provide some measure of anxiety relief surrounding O365 and technology in general.

NOTE: An O365 account is mandatory for learning in this session.

Suitable for Grades 7 – 12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 10)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 10)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Training Centre
BSD Administration Office
1031 – 6th Street, Brandon, MB


35) FORCED TO FLEE – REFUGEE SIMULATION
Kelly Fuhr, EAL Teacher, BSD Welcome Centre and Joanna Ford, EAL Specialist
Brandon School Division

Kelly Fuhr is an EAL teacher who has worked at the Welcome Centre (formerly the EAL Reception Centre) since 2010.

Joanna Ford has been the BSD EAL Specialist since 2008.

How many times have we been told to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” as a way to explain the concept of empathy? Recently, the Brandon School Division has welcomed several refugee students and their families into our community and our classrooms. As professionals, it is our job to best understand the students we work with on a daily basis, and that includes being informed about the events that have shaped their lives in major ways.

In this activity, participants work together in ‘family units’, making difficult decisions to maintain their supply of food, money, and health while securing their future post-conflict. Each decision has consequences for the family, some of which may be dire. At the end of the simulation we will debrief the activity and discuss the impact it has had on the BSD staff and students who have already participated.

We hope you’ll be left with some perspective about what some of our students may have experienced, and that it leaves a lasting impact that follows you into your classrooms.

This session is open to any and all interested staff, but if you’re thinking about using the simulation in your classroom, it’s recommended for grades 7-12.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource and Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 35)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 35)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: East Portable
École New Era School
537 Louise Avenue
Brandon, MB


36) PAINTING WITH ALCOHOL INKS
Jennifer Terasaki, Teacher and Cathy Watt-Gauthier, Literacy Coach/Teacher Librarian
Brandon School Division

Cathy and Jen are both teachers at Betty Gibson School and enjoy using art in the classroom and at home. They have found that using the medium of alcohol inks on tiles to be both a relaxing and forgiving art form. Join us to discover how you can use this medium in your classroom, and also for your own personal enjoyment.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive some instruction on how to use alcohol inks on tiles. They will also be given plenty of time to experiment with the medium and will produce some finished projects that they can take home afterwards.

NOTE: We recommend that participants wear clothes they don’t mind staining permanently or bring an apron. Gloves will be provided.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource and Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)
COST: $40.00 (Includes Supplies)
LOCATION: Room 118 – Art Room
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


37) DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES TO THE RESCUE!!
Dale Ready, Distant Learning Consultant, and
Denis Myers, Information Technology Education Consultant,

Denis Myers is an experienced Information Technology Education Consultant in the Manitoba Education & Training Distance Learning unit and has provided assistance to schools and teachers with the Blackboard Learning platform used to deliver Independent Study Option and Web Based Courses.

Dale Ready is a former high school administrator now working as a Distance Learning Consultant to assist families, schools, and adult learners in completing their educational plans for gaining credits within the ISO program.

Are you…
A new teacher, looking to build your classroom resources?
An administrator wanting to provide resources for your staff?
A resource teacher searching for more tools to enhance learning?
A seasoned teacher who just started a new course and needs resources?

This presentation will walk you through available Distance Learning resources (print and/or FREE PDF), the registration process for independent study option courses (ISO) and reference materials, and will demonstrate what an ISO course can do for you, your students, and your school.

Suitable for Grades 7 to 12, Administration, Resource and Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 23)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 23)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 212 Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


38) HELP I NEED A BOOK?! EXPLORING CHOICE IN MIDDLE AND SENIOR YEARS READS
Stacey Bradley, Continuous Improvement Coach, Brandon School Division
Barbara Birch, Teacher/Literacy Coach, Southwest Horizon School Division

Stacey Bradley and Barb Birch are two book lovers who spend their free time talking about books, classroom implementation of new ideas, and how we can get all kids to love reading. Sometimes we agree, often we don’t, but we are both passionate about literacy. We met long time ago at the beginning of our careers and we have not stopped learning.

Stacey completed her Masters in Curriculum – ELA specialization in 2012, and Barb spent a year in Ottawa completing her Masters in Teaching, Learning and Evaluation in 2012. Barb is currently teaching in Southwest Horizon at Souris School and is a grade 7 teacher and literacy coach. Stacey is a continuous improvement coach in Brandon School Division.

This session is about books. It will speak to the role choice has in your English Language Arts classes and the integration within it, we will also touch on time saving short cuts to access inspiration from our favorite book experts. We will then spend a significant amount of time on book talks touching on professional reading, picture books, and a mess of tried and true reads to hook both your avid and dormant readers. Our goal is for you to have a book in your back pocket the next time your student says, “(insert your name here) help, I can’t find a book.”

Suitable for Grades 5 to 12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Library
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


39) SETTING THE STAGE TO ENGAGE
Laura Kirkup, Grade 3/4 Teacher and Cori Biech, Grade 2/3 Teacher
Brandon School Division

Cori Biech and Laura Kirkup are classroom teachers in the Brandon School Division. Cori and Laura are proponents of 21st century learning, including incorporating the 4Cs of 21st century learning, authentic inquiry based learning and personalized learning into their daily practice. They believe that all students must be valued in a successful classroom and that students’ social emotional well being is an important factor for their learning.

In this workshop, participants will explore strategies that address the connectivity of social emotional and academic learning. We know that instructional approaches such as inquiry-based learning and student exploration are important for students to develop essential skills such as the 4 C’s of 21st Century learning. This can be difficult given the diversity in our classrooms, and specific social-emotional learning must be done in order for students to have the independence, resilience, creativity, and collaboration skills to be active learners. We will examine how teachers can create supportive and inclusive classroom communities by cultivating relationships, demonstrating a growth-mindset and risk-taking approach, and encouraging students’ ownership of their learning. Learning structures, tools and strategies to support the development of 21st century skills will be explored.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 8

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 232
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


40) GOLDWELL/KMS DISCOVERY (HAIRSTYLING VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMING)
Scott Connolly, District Salon Consultant and
Simone Leonhardt, Field Education Manager-Prairies
KAO Salon

NOTE: This session is geared towards teachers in hairstyling vocational programming.

Scott Connolly is the Kao District Salon Consultant for Western & Northern MB, servicing one of the largest geographical areas in the country with Kao’s two professional salon brands Goldwell and KMS. Scott brings 14 years of stylist/consultant experience, specializing in offering the highest level of client support through his commitment to strong communication and maintaining their best interests at heart.

Simone Leonhardt is the Kao Field Education Manager for the Prairies, supporting all Kao District Sales territories directly, along with an education team as an extension of her support. Simone brings 17 years of stylist/salon owner/educator/manager experience and shares her passion of continuing education training stylists across the country, speaking to Kao salon professional brands Goldwell and KMS and the success experienced when using these brands.

Overview of Goldwell’s school program offered within the province – includes shared materials to support current Color curriculum specific to the Goldwell brand and coloration. General information session for instructors and EA’s to better understand what their students will gain from a partnership with Goldwell/KMS.

NOTE: This session is geared towards teachers in hairstyling vocational programming.

Suitable for Hairstyling Vocational Teachers

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 139 – Cosmetology
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


41) DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Melissa Mitchell, Teacher, Park West School Division

Melissa Mitchell is a high school graduate of the division scolaire franco-manitobaine and an education graduate of Brandon University. Before taking her education degree, she spent a year in France to brush up on her language skills. Melissa has taught in the Brandon School Division, the DSFM and is currently teaching in Park West School Division and her assignments, which have covered K-12, have either been teaching in French or teaching French. She noticed that teaching French was more of a challenge than teaching in the language itself and as a result, began to analyze it thoroughly in order to create a balanced language program that focuses on routine and confidence. By incorporating some elements from Wendy Maxwell’s AIM program, Melissa has taught hundreds of students to feel successful and competent with their language skills.

This half-day workshop is intended for grade 3-8 teachers who teach French communication and culture in English schools. The focus of the workshop is to provide the participants with a routine that will build confidence in their learners, methods to enrich language skills and an easy and accurate assessment practice that reflects the curriculum. Participants will develop a better understanding of how we acquire languages, gain curriculum and AIM knowledge and will take away practical and easy to prepare routine lessons, reading resources, games and assessment tools. Instruction will be in English.

Suitable for Grades 3 to 8

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 229
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


42) STRING ART
Quinn Kriski & Dan Cowell, Teachers
Brandon School Division

Quinn Kriski has been teaching grade 4/5 at Earl Oxford for the past 4 years. Along with being a full-time teacher Quinn dabbles in arts and crafts such as; String Art, Scrapbooking, Wood Signs, and much more. This will be Quinn’s first time as a LIFT presenter.
Daniel Cowell has taught a variety of grade levels over the last 7 years as an educator. He has run many different technology related LIFT sessions in the past, this will be his first art inspired session.

String art involves the arrangement of colored thread strung between nails hammered into a piece of wood, to form geometric patterns or any desired image. In this session you will create two pieces of string art. One together with the group, and one of your own choosing.

Suitable for All Grades, Resource and Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)
COST: $35.00 (Includes supplies)
LOCATION: Room 102
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


43) DEVELOPING A CONNECTION WITH NATURE TO ENCOURAGE HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Jessie Klassen, Farmer, Writer & Reiki Master and
Emily MacDonald, Graphic Designer/Artist

Jessie Klassen is a mother, farmer, writer, and Reiki Master. Having grown up on a farm and amongst a long line of Nature lovers, she has been inspired to share the many lessons and wisdoms that she has learned from living life in this way. “The Sapling” is one of these inspirations, which focuses primarily on the lessons that we can learn from the trees. Jessie’s 3 children inspired her to share the exercises and information pages within the book, as she has seen first hand the profound, positive impact that they have had on all of their lives. Everything found within “The Sapling” has been experienced and practiced by Jessie and her family. Jessie lives on her family farm near Glenella with her husband, Mike, and their 3 children, Summer, Shep, and Huckleberry. Jessie has also begun “branching out” into teaching roles and sharing her experience with energy work as well as Nature communication. She shares her experiences in her regular blogs and articles on her website www.jessieklassen.com

Emily MacDonald is the artist of the beautiful illustrations within “The Sapling”. Currently employed with Manitoba Hydro as a graphic designer, Emily understands the importance of expressing herself creatively, and so also owns her own business, “Emanate Creative Services”. Having grown up on a farm near Minnedosa, Emily is also deeply connected to Nature and embraces meditation and mindfulness as a daily practice. Continuing to seek inspiration from Nature, Emily now lives on a farm near Minnedosa with her partner, Josh. “The Sapling”, and all books to come in the Nature Child Series, are a shared vision between Jessie and Emily to offer the many benefits of bringing Nature and mindfulness back into the lives of children so that the future of our society may grow into their highest potential.

In today’s fast-paced world of artificial stimulations, distractions, and high levels of competition, children and their families/teachers/caregivers are often left feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. This is why a connection to the healing, calming influence of Nature and a return to the basics of life has never been more important to our health and well being.

Based upon the dozens of Nature-based lessons, techniques, and exercises found in our book, “The Sapling”, Emily and I will guide the class in a hands-on learning experience that will teach how to form a solid connection with Nature as our teacher and integrate these practical lessons within the classroom and daily life.

Exercises are suitable for all ages, but the depth to which they can be practiced will increase with age.

Featuring mindfulness exercises such as:
• “Be a Tree” grounding exercise to encourage focus, stability, and calm;
• “Breathe like a Tree” to relieve anxiety and nervousness;
• “How to feel our energy body” exercise to bring awareness to our own energy so that we can better identify what is ours and what isn’t;
• “Gratitude” exercise to feel our own happiness;
• “Observing without judgement” to feel appreciation for life and living in the moment.

Also featuring “Be a Tree” pre-schooler exercise to educate about the life cycle of trees and recognize the similarities between them and ourselves; “The Importance of Pollinators”, which teaches not only about the importance of pollinators to our food security, but also the importance of every single being, including ourselves, as well as how to attract them to our yards; “Amazing Facts about Trees” to bring awareness and appreciation to trees and their importance. As well as fun activities to try while on a Nature Walk such as: “The Benefits of Being Barefoot”, “The Secrets of Natural Walking”, “The Rewards of Growing a Garden and the importance of healthy eating for our mental health”, “Tips for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling”
Learn why it is healthy to get our hands dirty and how just 20 minutes of time spent outdoors stimulates learning abilities. Discover the power of our thoughts and the positive effects of heart-centred breathing, journaling, self-love, affirmations, forgiveness, and when we ask empowering questions.

When we become aware of self, others, and our connection to our environment, we naturally become more compassionate, kind, and respectful. When we discover that we are important and have a very important purpose, just like everything in Nature, we are empowered. When we are empowered, we do not simply grow up, but grow into who we truly are. We do not feel the need to disempower anyone else, but we look to build each other up. When we overcome our fear of sharing who we are, we offer our gift and truly make this world a better place.

“The Sapling” is the first book in our Nature Child Children’s Book Series, where our focus is on empowering children through a connection with Nature. We will have “The Sapling” available to follow along with, as well as to purchase at a discounted price of $20.00

NOTE: Please bring paper and pen with you to this session.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 6, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 120 Drama Room
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB

Half Day Sessions – A.M. Only

44A) GUIDED MATH
Kimberly Hoeppner, Teacher and Krista Mowatt, Teacher
Brandon School Division

Kim and Krista are elementary school teachers within Brandon School Division who have learned how to meet the needs of diverse learners in a multi-levelled classroom.

Do you find it difficult to deliver math successfully to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom? Guided Math is a manageable way to teach students in small groups through five components; small group instruction, independent practice, stations, math journals and mental math. This session will cover where to start, lesson planning, assessment and how to implement Guided Math in seven days! This session is for teachers who want to learn how to differentiate for classrooms with a wide range of abilities.

Suitable for Grades 2-6

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 210
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


45A) MUSIC FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: A Workshop for Generalist Educators.
Dr. Sheila Scott, Professor, Brandon University

Sheila Scott is a Professor at Brandon University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Throughout her teaching career she has taught music to children in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve as well as both pre-service and in-service teachers. She especially enjoys working with early years students and is excited about sharing activities and resources she has used successfully with children with exceptional needs. Dr. Scott is author of the book Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource for Teachers (Oxford, 2017).

Music is for everyone. Many individuals with special educational needs have a natural affinity to music. These inclinations can become building blocks for positive interactions among teachers, paraprofessionals, and students in educational settings. Using songs, musical instruments, picture books, and other props participants will engage in music-based activities for building positive interactions with students who have exceptional cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional needs. Keeping with the values of universal design, these ideas may help all early years children build relationships through music-based activities in school environments. This session is geared to early years generalist teachers; instructional assistants are welcome. No previous expertise in music performance and/or music teaching is required for this session. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to play!

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 3

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth II (Music Bldg)
School of Music
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB


46A) TAKING RUNNING RECORDS OF ORAL TEXT READING (Session #1 – Part 1 of 2)
Regina Derewianchuk and Denise Rochelle, Teachers, Brandon School Division

Regina Derewianchuk and Denise Rochelle are Reading Recovery and Literacy Support Teachers within the Brandon School Division. Both teachers have experience teaching at the K-4 levels.

This session will discuss how to take running records through a lens of Literacy processing theory. Running Records provide an assessment of text reading, and are invaluable as records to help teachers guide their student’s lessons. Running Records provide evidence of how well children are learning to direct their knowledge of letters, sounds and words, to understanding the messages in the text.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 4

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 11
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


47A) FISHING FOR FUN
Representatives of the MTS Teacher Led Learning Team (TLLT)

Members of the Teacher-Led Learning Team are leaders, learners, and collaborators who share a passion for professional learning. The work of the team attracts members who are reflective, energetic, and creative. Not only do team members develop skills in group facilitation, but they also work diligently on emotional intelligence abilities such as self-awareness, self-management, communication, social awareness, and relationship management.

The ability of teachers to collaborate and work together is paramount to student success, yet in the business and stress of teaching, collegial relationships can become strained and unfocused. Participants will learn about the Fish! Philosophy, a mindset that inspires creativity, joy, and productivity to enhance the work we do with students.

Topics: Working with a gameful mindset, choosing attitude, finding joy, and being present. **This workshop complements High Impact Teams.

Suitable for All Grades, Administrators, Resource and Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 222
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


48A) SPORT TAPING WITH TRADITIONAL ATHLETIC TAPE AND KINESIO TAPE AND THE THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES TO REHAB COMMON SPORT INJURIES
Brittany Bruinooge, Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Sport Manitoba

Brittany Bruinooge, Coach and Athlete Development Coordinator with Sport Manitoba for the West provides a collection of services and mechanisms in Brandon and surrounding area, targeting athletes in the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development framework. Bruinooge works with athletes of all sports and backgrounds to develop the mental, physical, technical and tactical requirements needed to achieve their desired performance outcomes. She also works closely with communities in the West to bring educational coaching academy sessions, workshops, and conferences to local coaches to develop and strengthen their skill set when working with athletes and teams.

This will be a practical workshop where participants will be able to learn and practice several tape jobs for injuries commonly seen in a wide range of sports. We will also review proper injury management following an incident to ensure a safe return to sport. As well as discuss preventative or rehabilitative exercises that can be incorporated into a coach’s practices or athlete’s routine to reduce the risk of injury.

Suitable for Grades 6 – 12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Healthy Living Centre
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street,
Brandon, MB


49A) MEGAWATTS & MARBLES
Linda Carter, Public Safety & Education Coordinator, Manitoba Hydro

Linda Carter is a Public Safety & Education Coordinator at Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro has a variety of educational resources to help teach about the safe and efficient use of electricity and natural gas. Our newest resources highlight the benefits of clean, renewable hydropower.

Megawatts & Marbles is a fun, interactive, multi-player game that demonstrates how different types of power generation behave and how these different types of generation are integrated into the electrical grid. Players experience the challenges of balancing generation and demand, hands-on, by taking on the roles of power plants who must work together to meet time-varying demand. Electricity, represented by marbles, is transmitted down a track to consumers – a model city. The challenge is to meet the demand for electricity and keep the lights on.

The workshop will be held at the Manitoba Hydro office at 235 – 10th Street, Brandon.

Suitable for Grades 4 – 12

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Manitoba Hydro
235 – 10th Street
Brandon, MB


50A) CODING FOR GIRLS USING MAKE CODE AND ADAFRUIT
Vance Beblow, Education Consultant, Microsoft

Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University, he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance spent some time in the Travel and Energy management sectors but was focused on returning to the Education industry. His current role with Microsoft allows him to work with teachers and show them how technology can help evolve their teaching and learning environment. He looks forward to demonstrating how Microsoft products can be integrated and shift a classroom into the 21st century.

This session is an Introduction course designed to introduce programming concepts to Elementary through middle school in a manner that will engage students; no prior experience required! Come gain an understanding of the MakeCode through hands-on experience with Adafruits.

No previous computer science or coding background required!

Suitable for All Grades

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 12)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 220 Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


51A) CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Megan Foster, Regional Sport Development Officer, SportManitoba

NOTE: This session is part of CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity) and is geared towards women educators.

Megan Foster has been facilitating workshops in the sport world for more than 10 years, including Skate Canada, Sport Manitoba and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Her workshop topics include women and leadership, conflict management and communication, networking, public speaking, and so many more! In addition, Megan is an NCCP Certified Coach Developer which grants her the privilege of training new coaches as they begin their journey.

Megan began coaching in 2003 and has been the recipient of the Skate Canada Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches Award, the Skate Canada Manitoba Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence, the David Dore Mentorship Fund award winner and was a nominee for a Sport Manitoba Coaching Award of Excellence in the Developmental category.

Off the ice, she graduated from Brandon University with her Bachelor of Arts and is currently working to complete her Masters in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University. She began her professional career in the world of revenue development for a non-profit organization and then spent two years as the Program Coordinator for Skate Canada Manitoba. In 2010, she was lucky enough to be hired as a volunteer in Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver! Most recently, Megan is working as the West Regional Sport Development Officer for Sport Manitoba. She is currently living and loving life in Brandon MB!

Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. This workshop will ensure participants can understand and resolve conflict professionally. Specifically, this workshop will:
• Consider sources of conflict and the cost of leaving conflict unresolved;
• Consider five styles for dealing with conflict, identify your preferred style and discuss situations when each style should be employed;
• Review tips for effective conflict management.

NOTE: This session is part of CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity) and is geared towards women educators.

Suitable for All Grades, Admin, Resource, Counsellors

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 124
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


52A) MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tess Lelond and Janis Slack
Prairie Mountain Health

Tess and Janis have many years of experience in mental health treatment, promotion and education. They are passionate about teaching youth and adults alike about the importance of focussing on wellness, resilience and coping each and every day.

As mental health and mental illness awareness in our communities increases, the understanding and education about the topic has not kept up. We will strive to give you a basic understanding of many mental disorders, while discussing the differences between mental distress, mental health problems and a mental illness. We will also address the concerns and effects that stigma can have on our young people related to mental illness. Finally, we will provide practical tools and resources for you to use everyday to educate others about mental distress, coping and resiliency.

Suitable for Grades 5 – 12, Administrators, Counsellors, Resource

A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 201
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB

Half Day Sessions – P.M. Only

53B) PLANNING WITH THE NEW ELA CURRICULUM
Kimberly Hoeppner, Teacher and Krista Mowatt, Teacher
Brandon School Division

Kim and Krista are elementary school teachers within Brandon School Division who have learned how to meet the needs of diverse learners in a multi-levelled classroom.

Planning while utilizing the new ELA curriculum can be a challenging task for educators. This session will cover how to plan using the new ELA curriculum; providing unit and lesson ideas through implementation of Daily 5 or Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop structures. It will also include strategies to differentiate for multi-leveled classrooms and English as an Additional Language learners.

Suitable for Grades 2-6

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 210
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


54B) CONSENT, COMMUNICATION AND INCLUSION
Kerri Judd, Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator/Program Coordinator
Kaitlyn White, Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator
Sexuality Education Resource Center, Brandon, MB

Kerri Judd is a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator and Program Coordinator at the Sexuality Education Resource Center Manitoba in Brandon. She has worked in the sexuality and reproductive health field for over 14 years. Most of her career has been spent providing education with parents/caregivers, adult population and service providers.

Kaitlyn White is a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator at the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC MB) in Brandon, and has worked in the field of sexual health for over 7 years. Most of her experience has been in a classroom setting with youth. Kaitlyn has four kids, and is particularly interested in making information about sexual health, consent, and relationships more accessible to children and youth.

This training is designed to help increase your comfort in facilitating sexual health education and discussions specific to healthy relationships, consent and inclusion. Participants will receive practical and inclusive strategies for in classroom use, including consent and healthy relationships activities, YouTube links and referrals.

Suitable for Grades 5-7, Resource and Counsellors

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 222
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


55B) ANALYZING RUNNING RECORDS OF ORAL TEXT READING (Session #2 – Part 2 of 2)
Regina Derewianchuk and Denise Rochelle, Teachers, Brandon School Division

Regina Derewianchuk and Denise Rochelle are Reading Recovery and Literacy Support Teachers within the Brandon School Division. Both teachers have experience teaching at the K-4 levels.

This session will allow for teachers to practice taking running records from actual readings from students. We will discuss the different codes used to identify what the student is doing during the reading. We will also analyze the errors and self corrections made to see what sources of information the student is using. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their students’ reading if they would like to have discussions about their particular students’ needs.

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 4

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 11
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


56B) PHYSICAL LITERACY AND MOVEMENT PREPARATION
Brittany Bruinooge, Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Sport Manitoba

Brittany Bruinooge, Coach and Athlete Development Coordinator with Sport Manitoba for the West provides a collection of services and mechanisms in Brandon and surrounding area, targeting athletes in the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development framework. Bruinooge works with athletes of all sports and backgrounds to develop the mental, physical, technical and tactical requirements needed to achieve their desired performance outcomes. She also works closely with communities in the West to bring educational coaching academy sessions, workshops, and conferences to local coaches to develop and strengthen their skill set when working with athletes and teams.

This will be a practical workshop where we will discuss the benefits of incorporating fundamental movement and sports skills into sporting practices, phys ed classes, and basic play to not only enhance skills like agility, balance and coordination, but also help to build confidence in children and youth so that they can be active and injury free now and in the future. This workshop will review a dynamic, or movement preparation warm up, core routine to strengthen the entire body, and various footwork drills that work to train the body and brain so that the child, youth, or athlete can respond appropriately to unexpected environments without hesitation and reduce the risk of injury from occurring.

Suitable for All Grades

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Healthy Living Centre
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street,
Brandon, MB


57B) A TEACHER’S DAY MADE EASIER WITH ONENOTE AND ONENOTE CLASS NOTEBOOKS
Vance Beblow, Education Consultant, Microsoft

Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University, he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance spent some time in the Travel and Energy management sectors but was focused on returning to the Education industry. His current role with Microsoft allows him to work with teachers and show them how technology can help evolve their teaching and learning environment. He looks forward to demonstrating how Microsoft products can be integrated and shift a classroom into the 21st century.

In education, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! With OneNote it’s as easy as ONE. One place to create all of your lessons, one place to share with students and one place to create student portfolios, projects and collaborative class creations! Discover how to create, organize and share dynamic notebooks rich with interactive content. Bring the classroom to life with enticing audio and video features. Stay organized and on‐topic using tagging, tables and tabs for new content! Then, easily personalize the learning experience with Class Notebooks, which provides each student with their own private notebook viewable only by the teacher and individual. Use the Content library to digitize your existing lessons, and easily communicate with the entire group using the collaboration space. Keep tabs on your class and stay organized with OneNote!

Suitable for All Grades

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 21)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 220 Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB


58B) INFLUENCING CHANGE
Megan Foster, Regional Sport Development Officer, SportManitoba

NOTE: This session is part of CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity) and is geared towards women educators.

Megan Foster has been facilitating workshops in the sport world for more than 10 years, including Skate Canada, Sport Manitoba and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Her workshop topics include women and leadership, conflict management and communication, networking, public speaking, and so many more! In addition, Megan is an NCCP Certified Coach Developer which grants her the privilege of training new coaches as they begin their journey.

Megan began coaching in 2003 and has been the recipient of the Skate Canada Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches Award, the Skate Canada Manitoba Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence, the David Dore Mentorship Fund award winner and was a nominee for a Sport Manitoba Coaching Award of Excellence in the Developmental category.

Off the ice, she graduated from Brandon University with her Bachelor of Arts and is currently working to complete her Masters in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University. She began her professional career in the world of revenue development for a non-profit organization and then spent two years as the Program Coordinator for Skate Canada Manitoba. In 2010, she was lucky enough to be hired as a volunteer in Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver! Most recently, Megan is working as the West Regional Sport Development Officer for Sport Manitoba. She is currently living and loving life in Brandon MB!

Whether influencing change in your organization, across the sport and physical activity system or more broadly in society, this workshop will provide participants with theory and practical tools for success. Specifically, this workshop will:
• Identify elements of effective change movements
• Discuss the (under)representation of women in society
• Review tips for being heard and improving your listening skills
• Discuss approaches on how to influence others

NOTE: This session is part of CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity) and is geared towards women educators.

Suitable for All Grades, Administration, Resource & Counsellors

B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)

COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 124
Crocus Plains High School
Brandon, MB

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