LIFT 2019

 

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) DEVELOPING COMPETENT MATHEMATICIANS IN THE CLASSROOM
OPEN-ENDED TASKS TO INSPIRE THOUGHT-FULL NUMERACY LEARNING FULL
Carole Fullerton, Educational Consultant

**NOTE: A.M. Session is targeted at K-3. P.M. Session is targeted at Gr. 4-8**

Carole Fullerton is passionate about mathematics instruction.

Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and beyond. Addressing student diversity through rich questions, teaching through problem-solving and planning around the Big Math Ideas are essential aspects of her practice. In her collaborative work, she strives to engage students and their teachers in thought-full investigations of what it means to DO math, learning through exploration, talk and play.

Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally throughout her 25-year career, was a featured speaker at the NCTM conference in New Orleans and a keynote speaker at the NorthWest Math Conference in Whistler, BC. Her graduate research on spatial thinking was featured at the Psychology of Mathematics Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic and in Bergen, Norway. She has authored and co-authored more than eighteen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach, focused on mathematical thinking, on mastery of the facts, and on the operations. She was a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University where she taught in a Numeracy Graduate Diploma Program and enjoyed shepherding teachers on their pedagogical journey.

But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

**NOTE: A.M. Session is targeted at K-3

A.M. SESSION:

DEVELOPING COMPETENT MATHEMATICIANS IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM
OPEN-ENDED TASKS TO INSPIRE THOUGHT-FULL NUMERACY LEARNING

Our classrooms are diverse, and our students demonstrate a range of mathematical capacity. How can we inspire deep thinking in all of our learners? What kinds of questions promote mathematical competence and strategic flexibility?

In this half-day session for K-3, we will explore open-ended tasks and explorations designed to bring out the inner mathematician in our youngest students. Come prepared to play — and to think big!

Teacher resources will be available for purchase on site.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Resource
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 100) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Choir Room – Room 41
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB

**NOTE: P.M. Session is targeted at Gr. 4-8**

P.M. SESSION:

DEVELOPING COMPETENT MATHEMATICIANS IN INTERMEDIATE/MIDDLE SCHOOL
OPEN-ENDED TASKS TO INSPIRE THOUGHT-FULL NUMERACY LEARNING

Our classrooms are diverse, and our students demonstrate a range of mathematical capacity. How can we inspire deep thinking in all of our learners? What kinds of questions promote mathematical competence, develop strategic flexibility and support conceptual development?

In this half-day session for grades 4-8, we will explore rich open-ended tasks and explorations designed to bring out the inner mathematician in our middle years’ students. Come prepared to play — and to think big!

Teacher resources will be available for purchase on site.

Suitable for Middle Years, Senior Years, Resource
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


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 Educators
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

Full Day Sessions

3) ART FOR THE MIDDLE YEARS CLASSROOM FULL
Kyla Cullen, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Kyla Cullen has been a teacher with Brandon School Division for 6 years. This will be her fourth-year teaching Grade 7/8. Art is an area of interest and one of her favourite classes to teach.

During this session we will explore different media that can be used during visual art and practice using them. We will also look at a variety of art projects that have been completed in my Grade 7/8 classroom over the last couple of years with step by step instructions. This session will be a space where you can come and practice your art skills regardless of your skill level. You will leave the session better equipped to make those interesting art ideas on Pinterest come to life within your own classroom.

Suitable for Middle Years
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $60.00 (includes fee for supplies)
LOCATION: Neelin Art Room – Room 34
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


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 19 years as well as a Level 4 track official. Involved with track and field for over 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 17 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 and field events.

This session will be geared towards coaches and physical education teachers who coach and/or officiate at the middle years level. Specifying in the basic principles of event guidelines and regulations, specific event techniques and strategies, running technique and mechanics, the importance of dynamic warm ups and simple strength and fitness training tips.

*NOTE: Some of the session will be outside on the track. Please dress appropriately.

Suitable for Middle Years
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) PROMOTING FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS FULL
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. There will be a “make and take” of materials in the afternoon.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Resource
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 228
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


6) GAME-BASED LEARNING AND GAMIFICATION IN HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES
Jeremy Roberts, Teacher, Rolling River School Division

Currently, I am the grade 7-12 French, Fine Arts, Drama, and Social Studies teacher at Erickson Collegiate Institute in Rolling River School Division. I am taking my Masters of Education through Brandon University and conducting research around student engagement and game-based learning.

The session will introduce educators to the necessary steps to undertake when gamifying a classroom. Educators will have the chance to experience a number of games which they may choose to incorporate in their classrooms. The session will also demonstrate a number of tabletop and board games that are easily incorporated into the curriculum.

Suitable for Senior Years
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 117
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


7) ST. JOHN AMBULANCE – EMERGENCY FIRST AID LEVEL C WITH AED FULL
Representatives from St. John Ambulance

Basic First Aid with CPR Level C and AED.

This nationally recognized course will provide attendees with practical assessment techniques and basic life saving skills in: artificial respiration, choking, bleeding, bandaging of wounds, dealing with shock and unconsciousness, identifying heart attack and stroke victims and training in CPR. An official First Aid/CPR certificate will be issued which is valid for three years. The course will have both practical and hands-on training components.

*NOTE: Session Times are longer as participants require six hours for certification.

Suitable for All Educators
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 18) FULL
COST: $90.00 (includes cost of certification)
LOCATION: St. John Ambulance Training Centre
Brandon Shopper’s Mall
1570 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB


8) DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING FULL
Teresa Flannery, Literacy Coach, Literacy Support & Empower Reading Teacher
Brandon School Division

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

Teresa 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.

*NOTE: In order to ensure you can access your pictures, please bring them on a flash drive.

Suitable for All Educators, Administrators, Resource, Counselors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 216 – Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


9) BAKE MY DAY!
Desirae Tucker, Teacher, Brandon School Division

I am a momma, wife, and teacher. Baking has been one of my favourite things to do ever since I was a little girl. In my home growing up, many of our snacks and treats were homemade, not store bought, and so began my love of baking. I am by no means a professional, just someone with a passion who enjoys sharing that passion with others!

We will spend the day baking tasty treats. At the end of the session you will leave with the recipes and a box full of goodies!

Suitable for All Educators
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 12)
COST: $75.00 (includes cost of supplies)
LOCATION: Neelin Life Skills Room – Room 46
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


10) CUSTOM CREATIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM FULL
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. Her evenings consist of Netflix and her laptop where she creates custom worksheets and games for her own classroom.

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.

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

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years, Resource
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 24) FULL
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 220 – Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


11) MINDFUL SCHOOLING AND WORKING WITH PARAPROFESSIONALS IN AN EARLY YEARS CLASSROOM
Dr. Sheila Scott, Professor, Brandon University, and Shannon Vogel, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Dr. 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)

Shannon Vogel, B.Ed., M. Spec. Ed. is a Grade One teacher in the Brandon School Division. Shannon has taught in multi-age classrooms and an Early Years Life Skills classroom. Shannon incorporates mindful practices, Universal Design for Learning, and Social Thinking strategies in her classroom and has witnessed a significant impact on her students social and emotional well-being. She strongly believes that establishing healthy and effective working relationships with paraprofessionals creates a strong, engaging, and mindful environment.

Mindful schooling and music-based activities in an early years classroom promotes the building blocks for positive interactions, self-regulation, and the creation of functional social emotional coping mechanisms. Through mindful meditation, deep breathing techniques, and sharing imagination through story-telling, students can learn to think about strategies that work best for them. Keeping with the values of social thinking, universal design for learning, and mindful practices, participants will engage in music-based activities, role-play, book walk through exceptional literature, and create practical resources that can be used in an early years classroom.

The afternoon session will focus on strategies for including paraprofessionals within mindful activities. We will consider ways that paraprofessionals can support the teacher and the exceptional students they work so closely with. Come prepared to be active, creative, and soothed as we explore mindful schooling together!

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Resource
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 6 – Riverheights School
32 E. Fortheringham Drive
Brandon, MB


12) CONSENT AND SEXTING: YOUTH SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
Kerri Judd, Program Coordinator and Kaitlyn White, Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator
Sexuality Education Resource Centre

Kerri Judd is a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Facilitator and Program Coordinator at the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC MB) 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 8 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 consent and “sexting”. This session will include interactive discussions about “sexting” and the social, cultural, and emotional impacts for youth. With particular attention paid to concept of consent, and touching on the law, participants will review potential risks and benefits of sexting for youth. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how to address sexting in their school environment from a harm reduction approach.

Suitable for Middle Years, Senior Years, Administrators, Resource, Counselors
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Room 113
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


13) ARCTIC SPORTS – USING TRADITIONAL PHYSICAL LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM
Colin Hickman, Teacher, Brandon School Division

Colin Hickman, a teacher in BSD, is a former athlete, coach, and official from Team Yukon. He attended the highest level of Arctic Sport competitions in 2014 – 2018: Arctic Winter Games, Native Youth Olympics, Yukon Championships, and World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. Colin also worked for the Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle where he taught Arctic Sports in almost all the schools in the Yukon, he organized the Yukon Championships, and he ran professional development for Yukon educators.

You will learn how to teach and incorporate traditional Inuit sports (Arctic Sports) into your classroom. These sports come from Alaska, Greenland, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik (northern Quebec), Nunavut, Yamal (northern Russia), and the Yukon. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a physical educator, the skills and knowledge you will learn in this session can be immediately used and can be applied to many curricular outcomes. If you are a physical educator, these sports will challenge your physical education beliefs (one example – there is no such thing as a warm-up in Arctic Sports).

*NOTE: This will be a physically active session; however, there is no need for gym clothes except footwear (no flats, heels, or sandals).

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years, Senior Years, Physical Educators
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 50)
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Neelin Gym– Room 13
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


14) GREAT BOOKS FOR GREAT KIDS FULL
Sally Bender and Don Cuggy, Retired Teachers
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 taught for 36 years and 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 Early Years and Middle Years
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 50) FULL
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: Riverbank Discovery Centre
#1 – 545 Conservation Drive
Brandon, MB


15) BASIC WELDING AND METAL FABRICATION
Jeremy Byczkowski, Teacher, Brandon School Division

I have been a Welding Technologies teacher at Crocus Plains for 7 years and have spent 15+ years in the welding and metal fabrication trade. This will be my 3rd year running a session at LIFT and enjoy seeing all of the new and returning faces.

Participants will learn basic welding and metal manipulation techniques.

*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.

Suitable for All Educators
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


16) ALCOHOL INKS ON TILE AND YUPO FULL
Jennifer Terasaki, Grade 5/6 Teacher, and
Cathy Watt-Gauthier, 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 receive instruction and ample time to create their own art to take home. Participants will also develop skills that are transferable into the classroom as well a basic understanding of art therapy. Discover the artist within you!

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

Suitable for All Educators
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15) FULL
COST: $70.00 (includes supplies)
LOCATION: Room 118 – Art Room
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


17) DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS FULL
(Hosted by Portage la Prairie Teachers Association in Portage la Prairie, MB)
Sherry Jones, Teacher, Winnipeg School Division
and member of MTS Teacher Led Learning Team

THIS IS A SATELLITE SESSION –  HOSTED BY PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

Sherry Jones is a school leader in the Winnipeg School Division who is passionate about building positive relationships and providing inclusive, safe learning environments. She has worked for 14 years in various roles including as a French immersion teacher and technology and inquiry support teacher. She holds BA, BEd, PBDE and MEd degrees, and her interests include innovative teaching and learning as well as cultural identity.

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; and applying new knowledge and reflecting on conversations using a framework; and considering communication stumbling blocks, triggers, and diffusion techniques to stay in dialogue.

*NOTE: The satellite session will be held in Portage la Prairie and hosted by the Portage la Prairie Teachers’ Association.

Suitable for All Educators
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 35) FULL
COST: $50.00
LOCATION: FORT LA REINE SCHOOL
6 – 13th Street N.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB

Half Day Sessions – Repeat (A.M.&P.M)

18) HUMAN TRAFFICKING: CANADA’S SECRET SHAME
Joy Smith, Former Teacher, Former MP, Founder & President
The Joy Smith Foundation Inc.

Joy Smith, Founder & President of the Joy Smith Foundation, was a teacher for 23 years before she entered Parliament. She made Canadian history as the first sitting MP to amend the Criminal Code twice, both times to protect victims of human trafficking. Over the years she has helped countless young victims who have been exploited or trafficked by their abusers. After 11 years in Parliament, Joy Smith retired and now tirelessly volunteers full time for her foundation, fighting for the rights of women and girls in Canada. Founded in 2011, the Joy Smith Foundation is a registered charity which seeks to end human trafficking in Canada, by raising awareness through public education, and by providing funds to frontline organizations that rescue and rehabilitate victims of this heinous crime.

Human Trafficking happens every day in Canada. The average age of entry into the sex trade in Canada is 12-14 years, but no child makes this decision on their own. The Joy Smith Foundation’s educational programming equips students, parents and educators to recognize and report the signs of grooming and luring by traffickers. We provide training and educational materials to educators, parents and volunteers to help them raise awareness of human trafficking in their communities and classrooms. Many Canadians are surprised when they learn how prevalent human trafficking is here in Canada, and traffickers are empowered by this public apathy. We seek to fill the gaps in public knowledge that allow traffickers to thrive. The societal costs of human trafficking are enormous, and our best hope is to prevent this crime from happening in the first place.

Suitable for All Educators

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: Music Room – Room 110
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


19) TEACHING THINKING STRATEGIES THROUGH NON-FICTION FULL
Cindy Swallow, Literacy Coach, Continuous Improvement Coach and Teacher Librarian
Brandon School Division

Cindy Swallow (M.ED) has been a literacy lover and ‘book pusher’ for as long as she can remember! She works as a Continuous Improvement Coach, Teacher Librarian, and Literacy Specialist/Coach, teaching students of all ages thinking/comprehension strategies. She considers herself to be a “Brain Booster” with years of experience in multi-age classrooms. She has had great success growing readers using these strategies and engaging non-fiction books.

Are you looking for ways to teach and practice comprehension strategies that expand students’ thinking? Do you need ideas for books to use that engage learning and promote deeper thinking? Then this session is for you! Based on Non-fiction Reading Powers by Adrienne Gear, we will actively be working through various comprehension strategies needed for students to grow as thinkers and readers with non-fiction text. Engaging non-fiction text will be shared.

Be prepared to be actively involved! (No bumps on a log permitted!)

Suitable for Early Years, Middle Years
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 227
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


20) EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND ARTS THERAPY
Barbara Murphy, School Guidance Counsellor, Brandon School Division

Barb Murphy has been an educator for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of classrooms with the majority of time being spent as a classroom teacher in the middle years area. She is currently a guidance counselor at George Fitton School in Brandon and is pursuing a dual diploma in Expressive Arts/Arts Therapy through the WHEAT Institute in Winnipeg.

Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modal approach to therapy. It incorporates a variety of modalities, such as drama, music, art, writing, movement, & painting. With Expressive Arts Therapy, the client is able to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions using these modalities, rather than being limited to a traditional narrative approach. In this hands-on session you will be introduced to some of the history, theory, and concepts behind Expressive Art and Art Therapy. You will also take part in some of the exercises and techniques that can be useful in you school!

Suitable for Counselors, All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 15) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 120 (Drama Room)
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


21) YOGAKIDS® IN THE CLASSROOM FULL
Louise Roberts, Teacher, Brandon School Division

For the past five years, Louise has taught Grades 1 and 2 French Immersion at New Era School in Brandon School Division. Interested in mindfulness and yoga, she completed the Level I Foundations YogaKids® certification in October 2018. Louise has witnessed the impact of these practices on the young children she works with, and she is excited to share her knowledge with you!

This engaging and hands-on session will give educators an introduction to the tools and knowledge required to integrate children’s yoga into their classroom practices. Based on the YogaKids® program, stories and make-believe adventures are used to introduce a variety of yoga poses and mindfulness practices. This session is targeted to early years teachers and counselors with the option for middle years teachers to adapt lessons to their classrooms.

NOTE: Participants should wear comfortable clothes
and be prepared to join in the yoga fun!

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years, Counselors
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 15) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 15) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Mezzanine, Health Living Centre
Brandon University
207 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB


22) USING PLICKERS MAGNETS (#PLAGNETS) FOR ASSESSMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Derek Richels, Physical Education Teacher, Brandon School Division

Derek has been teaching in the Brandon School Division for over 15 years in both classroom and gymnasium settings. His teaching experiences are varied and have consistently incorporated technology to make learning engaging, fun, and efficient. Derek is a native of Brandon and currently teaches K-8 Physical Education at J.R. Reid School.

This session will explore what Plickers Magnets (also called Plagnets) are, why they are a practical assessment tool and how to efficiently use them in a physical education setting. This session will go into depths about the software, materials, and applications required to use this assessment tool to collect valuable data on student learning. Beyond that, participants will also learn best practices for using the assessment tool efficiently.

*NOTE: Participants can and should bring a laptop as there will be time during the session to get “hands on” with the software and applications needed.

Suitable for Early Years, Middle Years, Senior Years
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


23) ANYONE CAN SCRATCH! (AND MICRO:BITS)
Cheryl Klimack and Joe Pulver, Teachers, Brandon School Division

Cheryl has been teaching Computer Science and other technology courses for 20 years at Crocus Plains. Joe has recently joined the staff at Crocus and teaches ICT courses and Science.

You don’t have to be a programmer to get your students to write computer programs (aka code). Problem solving is an extremely important skill, and coding is an excellent avenue to develop this skill. With Scratch, ANYONE can learn to create meaningful applications without meaning to! Drag blocks around to create an animated work of art, tell a story, or create a popular game such as Agario. All you need is a computer with an Internet link. This session will focus on how to get your students using this important tool that is taking over the planet and get you hooked up with resources to fill their minds. It will not require you to add a lot more prep work to your already full timetable and is fun!! You might even get hooked!

We will also introduce to you the BBC Micro:bit…a tiny pocket computer that anyone can code with the same block language as Scratch. It has a built-in thermometer, accelerometer, compass, and can sport all kinds of attachments. This is a simple and excellent way to introduce coding and electronics.

What is Scratch?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SjuiawRMU4
Introducing the BBC Micro:bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuza5WxiMkc

Suitable for Early Years, Middle Years, Senior Years
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 21)
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 21)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 212 – Computer Lab
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


24) GET YOUR BACK BACK: HEALTHY POSTURE & ALIGNMENT FULL
Mattie Braden, Special Education/Resource Teacher, Brandon School Division

Mattie Braden is a Special Education/Resource Teacher in the Life Skills Program at École secondaire Neelin High School. She has taught a wide variety of fitness classes in Brandon since 1994 and holds several fitness certifications. Using Stott Pilates® principles, Mattie enjoys teaching about posture and alignment so participants can feel balanced and pain free.

Proper posture, alignment and core strength are imperative for a life with minimal back pain and injury. As educators, we spend a lot of time on our feet and throughout the day we may experience tightness or pain in our hips, back, shoulders and neck. This session will examine proper posture and alignment in daily living activities. We will also learn basic Pilates exercises and stretches to help alleviate back pain associated with poor posture or repetitive movements.

*NOTE: Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 18) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 18) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Neelin Dance Studio– Room 17
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


25) DISCOVERY WITH DRONES
Arif Kassum, Science Instructional Coach, Frontier School Division
Matt Johnson, President of M3aerial Productions Inc.

Arif Kassum is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and completed his education at the University of Winnipeg, University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba where he received degrees in general biology, microbiology and immunology, and in education. Arif has experience teaching middle years and seniors years science in Cairo, Winnipeg, and Churchill, Manitoba.

Arif accepted his role as Frontier School Division Science Instructional position after spending two years as the head of science in Churchill, Manitoba. Arif has received Bravos and national media recognition on CBC’s The National, CBC Radio, and the Winnipeg Free Press for the drone program he has developed in Frontier School Division.

Matthew Johnson founded M3 Aerial Productions in 2015, initially as a media productions company. In November 2015 M3 Aerial redirected our focus to the precision agriculture sector. Today M3 Aerial is one of the leading agricultural UAV service providers in Canada. Matthew was educated at the University of Manitoba where he studied for eight years, obtaining three degrees (BPE, BA, Bed), and has taught mathematics in Manitoba high schools for five years. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for 10 years and released in 2018 at the rank of Captain.

In 2018 Matthew was named as one of the Top 7 Drone Visionaries in Precision Agriculture and made the list of the Top 50 Drone Visionaries in a report by the Commercial UAV News.
Matthew has personally trained over 500 commercial drone pilots as the primary instructor for the M3 Aerial Productions RPAS Ground School program.

Frontier School Division and M3aerial have collaborated on a brand new division-wide drone program. The program certifies teachers and provides them access to curricular materials that use drones to hit curricular outcomes in science, math, visual arts, photography and for extracurricular clubs. It is designed to expose students to new heights droning from the level of hobbyist or league racer to environmental scientist and industry entrepreneur with a focus on safety and purpose.

Suitable for Middle Years, Senior Years
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: Gymnasium
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


26) LOOSE PARTS PLAY
Janet Berezowecki, ECE Consultant

Janet Berezowecki is an Early Learning consultant with her own company called Powered by Play and Innovation. A degree in Developmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg kickstarted her career of working with children. For the past 20+ years Janet has been educating adults who work with young children. She has a delight for new and innovative ideas, and loves to share her knowledge, discoveries and joie de vivre with other like-minded individuals. Janet has presented workshops across Manitoba and internationally.

Explore the magic and value of loose parts. Hands on activities and lively discussions will ensure that everyone leaves with a joy of and a commitment to loose parts play and its importance to learning in young children. Topics explored will be the purpose of loose parts, what loose parts are, invitations for learning and the educational benefits of such play.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years
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: McLaren Room-Admin Office
Brandon School Division
1031 – 6th Avenue, Brandon, MB


27) POWER SALAD JARS FULL
Lani Parker, Human Ecology Teacher, Brandon School Division
(assisted by Sandy Brown)

My name is Lani Parker and I have been the Human Ecology Foods teacher at Earl Oxford School with the Brandon School Division for the past 8 years. Prior to becoming an educator, I received my Red Seal Certification as a chef and have a variety of experience working in hotels, restaurants and Catering (which I still do today). I love to cook, explore food and share my passion. I look forward to spending part of the day with you and creating some tasty eats!

With Canada’s Food Guide getting a revamp Lani would like to assist you in meal prepping Power Food Salad Jars for your lunch week! During this session we will prepare a variety of ingredients and dressing so that each person will be able to assemble 5 Power Salad Jars to take home at the end of the session. As well as some power salad assembly sheets to help you continue to prepare them yourself when you leave!

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 20) FULL
COST: $50.00(includes supplies)
LOCATION: Earl Oxford School
Human Ecology Classroom
540 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB


28) MAKING SENSE OF SENSORY PROCESSING AND SELF-REGULATION FULL
Karen Gillespie, Occupational Therapist, and
Daydra Dietrich, Occupational Therapist

Daydra Dietrich is an Occupational Therapist who has worked for the last 13 years for PROMISE YEARS in Southwest Horizon and Fort LaBosse School Divisions with pre-school and school age children.

Karen Gillespie is an Occupational Therapist who previously worked for 12 years in the Brandon School Division and for last 2 years works for the Rehabilitation Centre For Children in Rolling River and Parkwest School Divisions, Assiniboine North Children’s Therapy Initiative with pre-school children and with Jordan’s Principle in First Nations Communities.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn the importance of sensory processing and self-regulation
• Brief overview of the sensory systems, including interoception
• Learn to recognize children with sensory processing difficulties
• Learn practical strategies to support students and maximize learning opportunities
• Top 10 tips for Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years and Resource
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 223
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


29) UNDERSTANDING INDIGENOUS DIVERSITY
Douglas Pople, Career Planning & Placement Officer, Brandon University

Doug is a proud Metis and has a keen interest in promoting and working towards a workforce representative of our population. He is actively involved in a number of organizations including being a Director for the Louis Riel Institute. Doug has been an active member of the Interprovincial Association on Native Employment (IANE) – Westman Chapter for the past 16 years and is currently the Chair. Doug earned his Bachelor of General Studies from Brandon University in 1990. He places a high value on education and is committed to professional development. Through part‐time studies, he graduated again in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Commitment to his community has always been a major focus. Doug has participated in a number of community activities and initiatives including sitting on the Brandon United Way board for 7 years. Doug was an active HRMAM member for many years co‐chairing the Westman Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba Annual Fun Golf Classic. He is a proponent of youth and coached soccer, baseball and ringette for a total of 15 years. In recognition of his volunteer activities, Doug was honoured with the BU Board of Governors’ Award For Excellence In Community Service awarded to “an individual who has made a positive impact on the quality of life in society through their community service”.

Doug is the Career Planning and Placement Officer at Brandon University. In this capacity he sees the importance education makes in peoples’ lives. He also teaches sessionally at Brandon University, he previously instructed an on‐line certificate program through the Faculty of Education and taught several evening courses at ACC. He is a huge proponent of positive personal change and individual empowerment while still being aware of the historical realities in which we live.

This workshop has been designed to give a basic overview and to provide some general knowledge of Manitoba’s Indigenous people. The overall goal will be to provide understanding and several take‐aways to assist you in your work with Indigenous people. Many of you will already have experience working with Indigenous people and there will be lots of opportunity to share your knowledge during the workshop.

Key points to be presented and discussed include: basic history of Indigenous peoples, history of the Indigenous groups in Manitoba, the meaning of systemic racism, the effect of colonization on loss of cultural identity/self‐worth, contributions and participation in Canada’s development, contemporary relationships within Canada, and their subsequent implications for service provision.

Suitable for All Educators
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 204
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


30) 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 money management and financial literacy. Nick is looking forward to passing his knowledge and understanding on to others. In the classroom, Nick has been able to infuse financial literacy in numerous subject areas. His honest and enthusiastic approach to money has helped students begin to talk about and understand the importance of their financial futures.

Have you ever wished someone taught you more about money? Here is your chance! The goal of this session is to help people become more in control of their money. Plus, learn ways to help all of our students become more educated in regard to money management.

Discussion topics will include: Understanding your pay better, planning your everyday expenses, strategies to save more, how to invest to grow your money, what are TFSA, RRSP, RESP etc.? We will be discussing how to infuse and teach financial literacy concepts in the 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.

Suitable for All Educators
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 224
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


31) ALREADY READY: STARTING EARLY, STARTING STRONG
Tracy Genik, Teacher Leader, Reading Recovery, Mountainview School Division

Tracy supports language and literacy learning for the young members of our literacy club, supporting school divisions across Manitoba.

The challenge is to provide engaging and effective Kindergarten programs that contribute to lasting positive change in literacy, cross-curricular learning, and self-regulation. And to do this in Grades 1 and 2 must build on strong and engaging Kindergarten programs.

Join us as we collectively think together to close the gaps to make a difference in the literate lives of children with effective literacy teaching and learning in Kindergarten and the early years.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years
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) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 208
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


32) POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Pamela Kelso, School Psychologist, Brandon Teachers Association

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 Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years, Resource, Counsellors
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 207
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


33) MULTI CULTURAL GAMES
Ryan Boguski, Physical Education Teachers, Brandon School Division

Mr. Ryan Boguski has been a Physical Education/Health Education Teacher in the Brandon School Division for the past 12 years.

This session will focus on Traditional Games played by various ethnic groups. Over the past few years, I have developed and implemented a unit into my yearly physical education plan based on Traditional Games played by the various ethnic groups represented at my school. In developing this unit, I consulted with students, parents, resource teachers, EAL teachers, and our Aboriginal Education worker and compiled games from various cultural groups to teach in gym class. By including these games in my physical education classes, my hope is that more of our students will feel welcome in my classroom and school and feel as though their cultures and backgrounds are represented in our school landscape.

During this session, participants will be provided with background information regarding the nature of the games and how and why the game was traditionally played. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn more about these games and actively engage in playing a selection of games. Participants will receive a booklet outlining a description of each game and the materials required to play the games with students.

*NOTE: This will be an active session so participants should come dressed in casual/gym attire and be prepared to engage in moderate physical activity.

Suitable for Early Years, Middle Years
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: Gym – Riverheights School
32 E. Fotheringham Drive
Brandon, MB


34) PROJECT BASED LEARNING (GR. 10 GEOGRAPHY)
Darren Duncalfe, Teacher and Michelle Harvey, Teacher
Brandon School Division

Darren Duncalfe has been teaching in the Brandon School Division for 17 years. He is currently teaching at Vincent Massey High School. Darren has been involved in Social Studies his entire teaching career. He is currently teaching Grade 9 Social Studies, Grade 10 Geography and Grade 12 Law. Darren spent 11 years teaching at the middle years level at Harrison Middle School and Earl Oxford Middle School in Brandon.

Michelle Harvey has been teaching for 22 years and is currently at Vincent Massey High School. Michelle has been teaching Social Sciences, including Social Studies, Geography and History, for 10 years at the Senior High level and previous to this, several years as a Social Studies teacher at the Middle Years level.

Our session will be looking at using project-based learning in the area of Grade 10 Geography. We will be sharing how we set up the course, projects we have created and assessments. This session will also provide take-home projects for participants. Darren and Michelle are looking forward to working with and sharing projects and assessments with their colleagues in the Social Sciences field.

Suitable for Senior Years
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 108
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


35) MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE
Allison Greig, Teacher, Brandon School Division, and
Lori Greig, Teacher, Fort la Bosse School Division

Ally and Lori are a mother-daughter duo from Brandon and Reston, MB. They both teach in the middle years age range and have a passion for all things education related. If you can’t find them in a classroom, they can usually be found in a shopping mall, bookstore, or following their grandkids/nieces & nephews.

This session is specifically dedicated to all things middle years! In our short time together, we will cover some strategies best suited to engage middle years students in ELA, math, science, and social studies. We won’t forget to share some of our favourite books along the way.

Suitable for Middle Years
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) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 124
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


36) ATTACK OF THE LITERACY: CONTENT AREA READING & WRITING IN THE SENIOR YEARS
Devin Foord, Continuous Improvement Coach & Teacher Librarian, and
Cory Leigh Nevill, Literacy Specialist Middle & Senior Years, Brandon School Division

Cory Leigh Nevill is in her 29th year as an educator, with a range of positions in her past. A great deal of her career was spent in high school classrooms. She is currently a Literacy Specialist in the 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 classroom teacher as well as a literacy support teacher working with teachers and students in developing reading and writing skills in all curricular areas.

This session will focus on reading and writing strategies that will engage students in senior years content areas.

Suitable for Senior Years
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 32
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


37) YOUR RETIREMENT PAYCHEQUE
Calvin Vanderschuit, Financial Planner, Investors Group

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 IG Wealth Management. He currently resides in Onanole with his wife Lauren and also has a newly renovated office in Onanole but travels to Brandon twice a week to service clients out of the region office. 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 Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 116
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


38) 100 YEARS OF LOSS: EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
Amie Martin, Indigenous Education Learning Specialist, Brandon School Division
Naomi Leadbeater, BU Student and MiniU Organizer, Brandon University

Amie Martin is Cree with Metis roots, originally from Chemawawin First Nation now resides in Brandon, Manitoba.

Amie is among other Indigenous educators with a vision aimed at supporting Indigenous students, their families as well as classroom teachers, to foster the success of Indigenous learners.

Amie has two education degrees obtained at Brandon University including level 1 School Administrator Certificate and Level 2 Principals Certificate. Amie’s background work experience includes teaching early year to senior years, an education counsellor and principal at northern schools before settling on a job with the Brandon School Division as an Indigenous Education Learning Specialist. Her focus with the division on Curriculum, Program Planning, Classroom Guidance, and Direction. She works closely with all staff in support of Indigenous education and the inclusion for Indigenous perspectives in classrooms.

Amie serves in various committees in Brandon including Brandon Urban Aboriginals People Council and John Howard Society.

Naomi Leadbeater is completing her Masters in Music Education at Brandon University. Her thesis topic is Music educator’s exploration of incorporating Aboriginal and Indigenous perspectives in the classroom: A practitioner action-based research study. Dr. Shelia J. Scott and. Sheelagh Chadwick and Dr. Chris Beeman are her advisors, with anticipated graduation December 2019. She completed a Bachelor of music, with a specialization in Music Education from Brandon University in 2003. In addition to working on her Masters, Naomi is employed with Mini University.

Naomi’s experience includes 15 years as a private piano and voice instructor along with editorial and writing experience in Music Education Journal and with various independent authors. She has held a Graduate Assistantship and filled in as a Substitute Lecturer when professors were absent in Early Years’ Music Education for Exceptional Learners and Ethnomusicology and the Canadian Musician at Brandon University.

Naomi runs the gamut from Restaurant and Project Management to Community Development Coordinator. Prior to returning to school, Naomi has served on numerous community boards and committees including The Marquis Project (President), Walking with our Sisters, Brandon Community Gardens, and many others since moving to Brandon to pursue a Bachelor of Music in 1999.

Originally, from a farm near the Pembina River, Naomi hopes to complete her PhD on the prairies, exploring themes and intersections of decolonization from a settler perspective in music education.

This session will focus on the residential school legacy and Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports (2015). In an interactive session, teachers will map out their own paths of education, followed by mapping out the 100 years of loss timeline as a group activity using Ozobot Evo’s. As a cross curricular activity, presenters will highlight math, social studies, and computer science curriculum outcomes that can be delivered by using Ozobots in the classroom.

Ozobot Evo’s are perfect for early years students and are one form of digital technology that does not need an active internet connection to be used in the classroom. In addition to line-based coding, the ozobots can extend to include block coding and java script grade level through the use of Blocky editing programs.

Suitable for All Educators
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 107
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


39) MAKE & TAKE MATH GAMES FULL
Micki Banks, Teacher and Kristjana Reinhardt, 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 five 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!

*NOTE:- Although we can adapt our activities to suit most grade levels,
our resources will be geared towards Grades 2-6.

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


40) WHAT’S COOKING WITH CANADA’S NEW FOOD GUIDE?
Megan Bale-Nick and Chantal Morais, Registered Dietitians

Megan Bale-Nick is a Registered Dietitian and Manager of Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools – Supporting Positive School Nutrition Environments.

Chantal Morais is Registered Dietitian with Prairie Mountain Health, Community Health and Health Promotion
Discover Canada’s new Food Guide with this interactive session. We will be discussing Canada’s new Food Guide, brainstorming how it can be incorporated in the classroom, and sharing some simple recipes to prepare with students.

All Educators
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 101
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


41) EXPLORING CHOICE IN MIDDLE AND SENIOR YEARS READS
Stacey Bradley, Continuous Improvement Coach/Teacher Librarian
Barbara Birch, Teacher, Literacy Coach
Brandon School Division

Stacey Bradley and Barb Birch met a long time ago at the beginning of their careers, quickly uncovering a mutual love of reading and talking books both amongst themselves and within their respective schools.

This session is about reading and about books. It will speak to student choice in your English Language Arts classes, offer suggestions to link reading and writing, and we will 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. We really do like to think that if a kid doesn’t like reading, perhaps they are simply reading the wrong book.

Middle Years, Senior Years
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: Neelin Library Room 39
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


42) USING RESEARCH TO SHAPE INSTRUCTION
Bonnie Alston, Resource Teacher, Brandon School Division

Bonnie Alston has spent 29 years in education; as an education assistant, classroom teacher, then resource teacher. A researcher at heart, she seeks a better understanding of the learning process in order to improve her teaching practices. Much of Bonnie’s experience has been in early and middle years but she is currently working in a senior years setting.

This session looks at research on learning from brain research, and how we can apply that to our teaching practices.

Topics for discussion: teaching from the concrete to the pictorial to the symbolic (and why that matters), the importance of mastering foundational skills, the use of visuals in the classroom, and more. While this session is appropriate to early years teachers, the principles discussed are relevant to all grade levels.

All Educators
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 122
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


43) OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS
Carolyn Didych, Grade ½ Teacher
Kristin Duncalfe, Grade 5/6 Teacher
Amanda Burtnack, Grade ½ Teacher
Brandon School Division

Carolyn, Amanda, and Kristin have taught early and middle years for over 10 years. Carolyn and Amanda currently teach multiage ½ and Kristin multiage 5/6 at Linden Lanes School in Brandon. They have been working to incorporate outdoor education into their curriculums for the past few years.

During this session we will explore various ways to incorporate outdoor learning using hands on activities for all seasons through lesson specific and exploration activities, from the school yard to whole classroom outdoor experiences. This session is for those who are curious about outdoor education or looking to incorporate creative, nature-based, and mindfulness practices in your classroom. From planning activities in your school yard to creating all day outdoor experiences in various outdoor spaces. We will share with you our experiences from where we started to how we developed outdoor education into a year plan. This session is applicable to both early and middle years teachers. It will be held at Grand Valley Park.

NOTE: Please dress appropriately for spending the morning or afternoon outside. Rain or shine.

Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years
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) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Grand Valley Park
Grand Valley Road
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5Y3

Half Day Sessions – A.M. Only

44A) HOW TO START A GSA AT YOUR SCHOOL
Racheal Wu, LGBT2SQ+ Program Facilitator, Sexuality Education Resource Centre

Racheal Wu has spent the majority of her life in the Westman region, originally living in rural Manitoba before moving to Brandon for her post-secondary studies. She obtained her degree in Gender & Women’s Studies from Brandon University in 2017 and has continued her work within the community following her graduation.

The purpose of a GSA is to allow LGBT2SQ+ students and allies the opportunity to work together to create a safer school environment for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. These groups can operate in a variety of ways, often focusing on education, advocacy, peer support, and social activities. This session will look at the ways in which you can help to support students who are interested in starting a GSA in your school. As well as, examining the current environment that exists in your school relating to LGBT2SQ+ individuals.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 230
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


45A) STARTING STUDENT DEBATING/INITIAION AUX DÉBATS ÉTUDIANTS
(FRENCH SESSION)
Richard Picotin, Directeur des débats français

After seven years teaching in an elementary school, Richard became vice principal, first at the elementary level and then for the next twenty-seven years he served as vice-principal at the high school level. Through the years he has been the French Director at large for the Canadian Association of Student Activities Advisors, involved in developing the student leadership programs. In 1998, he founded the Association des débats et discours étudiants du Québec and became the Directeur des débats français for the Canadian Student Debating. Since then he has been traveling across the country, doing workshops in French schools.

Presentation in French to French teachers.
Part One: Student debating in Canada – organisations and activities; some debate styles.
Part Two: basics to start with including: how to start a debate club in your school, how to get involved in competitive tournaments, and provide the support and resources information from the Manitoba Speech & Debate Association (MSDA) and the Canadian Student Debate Federation(CSDF-FCDÉ) for all levels of debate to encourage immediate participation.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 225
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


46A) STEM/STEAM LEARNING IN THE K-8 CLASSROOM (ENGLISH SESSION)
Melanie McComb, Classroom Teacher, Brandon School Division

Melanie teaches grade 5 at École Harrison in Brandon. She has been teaching for over 20 years in French Immersion, working with students from Kindergarten to grade 8 in a variety of capacities. Melanie has led learning sessions, in the areas of technology and art, for both students and teachers. She has implemented a STEAM program for buddy groups of grade 3 and 6 students, hosted a family STEAM night and led the organizing committee for a school-wide STEAM afternoon. Melanie continues to implement STEAM programming with her grade 5 students and their grade 1 buddies and, with her class, participated in the 2019 Living Spaces project with Let’s Talk Science, the ISS and classrooms across Canada. She looks forward to sharing simple, effective STEAM learning with you!

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Have you heard about STEAM learning? Are you worried you don’t have enough background knowledge to make STEAM learning possible? Do you already integrate STEAM in your classroom? Join me for a half-day of STEAM fun! You will come away with ideas for collecting and organizing materials, planning and assessing STEAM sessions and integrating STEAM into your existing curriculum. You’ll learn STEAM engages even the most disengaged students, reaches students of all ability levels and encourages a growth mindset and perseverance. You’ll get ideas for hosting a STEAM night for your students’ families and how you can engage the entire school in STEAM clusters. You will also have the opportunity to do some hands-on STEAM learning that you’ll be able to replicate in your own classroom with little prep or cost.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 121
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


47A)WHAT DID I WRITE? ENGAGING YOUNG CHILDREN AS THEY EXPLORE WRITING FULL
Vanda Mitri, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and
Allisa Denbow, Kindergarten Teacher/Reading Recovery Teacher, Brandon School Div.

Vanda Mitri and Alissa Denbow, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Kindergarten/Reading Recovery Teacher started their professional collaboration working with Literacy and young children 9 years ago in Dauphin. Allisa’s classroom continues to be the hands-on laboratory for ongoing action research in this area

Children’s early writing experiences provide them with powerful learning opportunities that contribute to their ongoing reading and writing progress. Much happens when they are encouraged to write. This session will share what to look for in a child’s scribbles and marks on a page and how to delight in and celebrate changes.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 210
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


48A) MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION FOR EDUCATORS
Janis Slack, Mental Health Promotion Facilitator,
Tess Lalond, Clinical Service Specialist
Prairie Mountain Regional 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 promoting wellness, resilience and coping each and every day.

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

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 123
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


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

Linda Carter is a Public Safety & Education Coordinator at Manitoba Hydro. She has been involved in the development, coordination and delivery of a number of safety & education programs including Louie’s Play it Safe Club, Teaching About Electricity, Youth Safety Presentations and most recently Megawatts & Marbles. These resources bring safety and energy concepts to school age students and teachers.

Megawatts & Marbles is a fun interactive game that demonstrates how different types of power generation behave and how these are integrated into the electrical grid. Players experience the challenges of balancing generation and demand by taking on the roles of power plants who must work together. Will the generators meet the demand, or will the lights go out?

Suitable for Middle Years and Senior Years
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) OFFICE 365 – INTRODUCTION FULL
Kathy Spangler, Application Support & Training Specialist
Brandon School Division

Kathy Spangler has been involved in the world of technology for the past 20 years. She is currently employed with the Brandon School Division as the Application Support & Training Specialist. Not only does Kathy enjoys the world of technology but she has a passion for the creative side of things.

Come explore the apps available in Office 365. Create, save, and share files with ease using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote. Upload documents to access on OneDrive from anywhere, anytime, on any device. Collaborate with colleagues with Teams and Yammer. Create a Form or Quiz with Forms.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 10) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Training Centre
BSD Administration Office
1031 – 6th Street, Brandon, MB


51A) APPLYING SOCIAL JUSTICE PRACTICES TO CAREER-LIFE SCHOOL GUIDANCE
COUNSELLING
Dr. Breanna Lawrence, Assistant Professor
Brandon University

Dr. Breanna Lawrence is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Student Services at Brandon University. She teaches in the graduate counselling program and researches mental health in educational contexts with a focus on family-school collaborations.

This session will focus on understanding theory and learning interventions for blending career and personal counselling with practical ways to apply social justice values to school guidance counselling practices. Applying social justice values to counselling work requires that counsellors work collaboratively with students to understand and address the systemic barriers many face. Exploring the role of work in peoples’ lives and the relational-cultural influences on individuals’ career development from the early years through to emerging adulthood, this session links mental health and career development. Exploring and defining values, and both internal and external resources through mapping exercises will be presented. By the end of this session, counsellors will be equipped with theoretical understandings about the connections between mental health and work as well as practical considerations for career-life counselling across the lifespan.

Suitable for Counsellors and Resource
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 20)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 204 – Faculty of Ed
Brandon University
207 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB


52A) FRENCH LANGUAGE REFRESHER
Melissa Mitchell, French Coordinator, 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 the French coordinator for the Park West School Division, helping French teachers with their classroom needs. Her teaching assignments, which have covered K-12, have either been teaching in French or teaching French. Melissa 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 more confident in their language skills.

Chosen as the most qualified to teach French but don’t feel all that qualified? Needing a language refresher? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, then this half day workshop is for you! Melissa will help you analyze the grammar and better understand the language to help you feel more confident and competent in your spoken and written skills. Receive tips and resources to help you continue with your language development. Intended for teachers who are focusing on building or enriching their spoken fluency.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 221
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


53A) LINGUISTICALLY AND CULTURALLY-RELEVANT INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACHES THAT CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF BI/PLURINGUAL EAL STUDENTS FROM IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE BACKGROUNDS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS.
Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou, Associate Professor at the Department Of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Brandon University

Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Brandon University, Canada. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship and a PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She teaches in both the teacher education and graduate education programs. Her work focuses on the education of linguistically and culturally diverse students in contexts of migration, multiculturalism and multilingualism; second language acquisition/education; literacy education; curriculum studies; language maintenance and revitalization; drama education; and the use of collaborative, community-based, participatory, and multimodal methodologies in research.

Cultural and linguistic diversity has increased considerably around the world. These changing demographics challenge schools and Faculties of Education to take proactive educational approaches to support these linguistically and culturally diverse students in K-12 classrooms.
In this presentation, the participants are introduced to multiple classroom practices to support bi/plurilingual EAL students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. These examples of classroom practices are developed as a result of collaboration between classroom teachers, EAL specialists in one school division in Manitoba and university-based researchers as part of a research study titled ‘Supporting English as Additional Language Learners’.

In this presentation, in addition to the sharing of descriptions classroom practices and resources, voices from students, teachers, teacher candidates and parents are shared to portray the experiences and discuss instructional practices that support bi/plurilingual EAL students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds in K-12 classrooms.

Suitable for All Educators
A) 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 224 – Faculty of Ed
Brandon University
207 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB

Half Day Sessions – P.M.Only

54B) DEBATING IN THE CLASSROOM AND AS AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR (ENGLISH SESSION)
Jordan Burg, Board of Directors, CSDF-FCDÉ
Michael Macaraeg, Teacher/Debate Coach

Jordan Burg is a retired English and History teacher, spending his last 24 years as the debate coach at St. Mary’s Academy, and at St. Paul’s High School for two years prior to that. He is currently on the Board of the CSDF-FCDÉ, representing central Canada, and promoting debate across the country. The Board also governs the Canadian National team, which competes at Worlds events annually. He is also the Facilitator for Outreach & Development for the MSDA, helping schools in Winnipeg, Brandon, Morden, and other rural communities in Manitoba to establish debate programs in in Senior and Middle schools. Jordan was one of the co-organizers of the CSDF-FCDÉ National Debating Seminar, which was hosted in Morden in September. The Seminar encourages new and novice Manitoba student debaters to learn and develop their debating skills, all the while connecting with other student delegations from every province and territory in Canada, all the while enjoying a meaningful educational and enriching cultural experience and offered in both official languages. In 2017, Jordan was recognized with the Willis S. McLeese Award for his efforts in promoting debate locally, regionally, and nationally.

Michael Macaraeg is the debate coach at Morden Collegiate Institute and on the Board of Directors for the CSDF-FCDÉ. Michael started the debate program at Morden Collegiate only 4 years ago, but in that short time frame, the debate club has had a remarkable increase from four to twenty-plus students, and just this year, started one of the first French/Bilingual high school debate programs in Manitoba. With a focus on having students learn about speech and debate styles, he also promotes self-advocacy and competent communication. Last fall, Michael had one of his students attend the National Student Debate Seminar in Québec City, where she won two major awards: the Founder’s Cup Award for the top debater from Manitoba and the Chief Justice Award for the Top Bilingual Debater from all of the seminar participants. Michael was a co-organizer the 2019 National Student Debate Seminar in Morden, which saw over 100 participants from all across Canada come to Manitoba to engage in learning about debate through workshops, a model parliament at the Manitoba Legislative Building, and a debate tournament.

Debating in the Classroom and as an Extra-Curricular: This session will go into detail to explain how the art of student debate works, complete with demonstrations, and will explain how to use it as a teaching tool to enhance the curriculum and build up self-esteem and confidence in public speaking and critical thinking for students. It will also cover how to start a debate club in your school, how to get involved in competitive tournaments, and provide the support and resources information from the Manitoba Speech & Debate Association (MSDA) and the Canadian Student Debate Federation(CSDF-FCDÉ) for all levels of debate to encourage immediate participation.

Suitable for Middle Years, Senior Years, Administrators
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 225
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


55B) STIM/STIAM EN SALLE DE CLASSE MÀ8 (FRENCH SESSION)
Melanie McComb, Classroom Teacher, Brandon School Division

Melanie teaches grade 5 at École Harrison in Brandon. She has been teaching for over 20 years in French Immersion, working with students from Kindergarten to grade 8 in a variety of capacities. Melanie has led learning sessions, in the areas of technology and art, for both students and teachers. She has implemented a STEAM program for buddy groups of grade 3 and 6 students, hosted a family STEAM night and led the organizing committee for a school-wide STEAM afternoon. Melanie continues to implement STEAM programming with her grade 5 students and their grade 1 buddies and, with her class, participated in the 2019 Living Spaces project with Let’s Talk Science, the ISS and classrooms across Canada. She looks forward to sharing simple, effective STEAM learning with you!

En français, STIAM veut dire Sciences, Technologie, Ingénierie, Arts et Mathématiques. Avez-vous déjà entendu parler de l’apprentissage STIAM ? Êtes-vous inquiets que vous n’avez pas les connaissances ou les habiletés pour faire de l’apprentissage STIAM dans votre classe ? Est-ce que vous intégrez déjà le STIAM dans votre salle de classe ? Rejoignez-moi pour une demi-journée avec le STIAM ! Vous recevrez des idées pour la collection et l’entreposage des matériaux, la planification et l’évaluation des sessions de STIAM, ainsi que pour intégrer le STIAM dans votre curriculum. Vous apprendriez que le STIAM engage même les élèves les plus dégagés, rejoint les apprenants de tous niveaux de connaissances ou habiletés et encourage la persévérance. Vous obtiendrez des idées pour une soirée de STIAM pour vos élèves et leurs familles, et comment engager l’école entière avec des activités d’enrichissement de STIAM. Vous aurez aussi l’occasion de faire un apprentissage STIAM que vous pourriez répéter dans votre salle de classe avec peu de préparation et à très petit prix.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years
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


56B) THE ORIGINS OF BALANCED LITERACY. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM NEW ZEALAND’S APPROACH TO LITERACY INSTRUCTION? FULL
Vanda Mitri, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Brandon School Division

Vanda Mitri is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for Southwest Manitoba supporting students, teachers, and school divisions with Early Literacy.

Literacy Processing theory and Balanced Literacy originated with the New Zealand Ministry of Education. This includes a classroom focus on oral language, writing and reading but also encompasses inquiry driven pedagogy from classroom through to administration; formative assessment weaving through everything; leadership embedded and supported at all levels of the organization; professional conversations in every staffroom; effortless differentiation; and an Aboriginal world view, with culture and language intertwined through it all. What have we missed just reading the books about Balanced Literacy? This session provides an insight into how it all works in New Zealand after Vanda’s summer spent in New Zealand’s early years classrooms.

Suitable for Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25) FULL
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 210
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


57B) P IS FOR PRINCIPAL
Myles Blahut, COSL Chairperson, The Manitoba Teachers’ Society

Myles Blahut has been an educator for 34 years, the past year serving as the chairperson of the Council of School Leaders of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Prior to his current role, Myles worked in the Lakeshore and Interlake School Divisions in Lundar, Ashern, Argyle, Warren and most recently Stony Mountain. He has been involved with COSL for the past 17 years. Myles has a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Educational Administration in addition to the Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate and Level 2 Principal’s Certificate.

P is For Principal will examine the many different hats a principal wears during the day. Principals will listen to experiences shared by the speaker, experiences shared by participants, some case study review and a question and answer period. A sample of topics to be covered included: staffing, instructional leadership, finances, connection to local COSL and Provincial COSL and others

Suitable for Administrators
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Riverheights School
32 E. Fortheringham Drive
Brandon, MB


58B) TEACHING MIDDLE YEARS DRAMA
Nancy Pitcairn, Drama Teacher, Vincent Massey High School
Brandon School Division

As a drama educator for more than 20 years, Nancy Pitcairn is excited to share her passion for theatre with fellow educators. She has taught drama and musical theatre in the Louis Riel School Division, Tataskweeak First Nation, Ebb and Flow First Nation, and Brandon School Division. Nancy has directed more than 30 plays and musicals at Vincent Massey High School and was involved in writing the Manitoba Grades 9 to 12 Drama Curriculum.

A practical session for rookie Middle Years drama teachers to understand the Manitoba K-8 Drama Curriculum, learn how to plan a lesson and unit, look at assessment strategies, see a list of great drama resources, and participate in hands on games and activities.

Suitable for Middle Years
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 24)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 29
École Neelin High School
1020 Brandon Avenue, Brandon, MB


59B) MORE THAN JUST CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: PLANNING FOR TEACHER AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Bonnie Neil and Arlene Macduff, Members of MTS Teacher Lead Learning Team

Bonnie Neil started her teaching career in 2005 at École Selkirk Junior High in Selkirk, Manitoba, where she taught grades 7-9 for ten years. During that time, she was the department head for ELA and SS and a member of the divisional UDL and Literacy committees. Bonnie received her PBDE in 2015 for a focus on Guidance Counselling, and she changed roles to an elementary school guidance counsellor.

Arlene Macduff has 29 years of teaching experience that spans early and middle years, and she presently teaches grades one and two at Stony Mountain School. Arlene has a special interest in creative development, universal design, and inquiry learning. She has two PBDE’s, a Special Education Certificate, and is currently working on her MEd in Educational Administration.

Participants will reflect on their experiences and current practice, dialogue with colleagues, and discover how to deepen connections with students to improve student learning.

Suitable for All Educators
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 230
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


60B) O365 CLASS TEAMS
Kathy Spangler, Application Support & Training Specialist
Brandon School Division

Kathy Spangler has been involved in the world of technology for the past 20 years. She is currently employed with the Brandon School Division as the Application Support & Training Specialist. Not only does Kathy enjoy the world of technology but she has a passion for the creative side of things.

Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams: create and connect, all in one space! Explore Class Notebook and how it integrates with Teams.

Suitable for Middle Years, Senior Years
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


61B) ACTIVITIES AND ASSESSMENT PRACTICES FOR THE FRENCH CLASSROOM
Melissa Mitchell, French Coordinator, 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 the French coordinator for the Park West School Division, helping French teachers with their classroom needs. Her teaching assignments, which have covered K-12, have either been teaching in French or teaching French. Melissa 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 more confident in their language skills.

Not sure how to assess your students’ language skills? This half day workshop intended for grade 3-8 French communication and culture teachers will give you ideas and resources to establish a routine and a straightforward assessment system. The focus of the workshop is to provide the participants with a classroom routine that will build confidence in their learners, methods to enrich language skills and an easy and accurate assessment practice that reflects the curriculum and your grade book. Participants will take away practical and easy to prepare routine lessons, reading resources, games and assessment tools. Instruction will be in English. Very similar information to last year’s LIFT session of Developing Confidence and Skills in French Language Learners.

Suitable for Early Years, Middle Years
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 25)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 221
Crocus Plains High School, Brandon, MB


62B) WORKING WITH THE RENEWED PROVINCIAL ELA CURRICULUM: SUPPORTING STUDENTS’ LANGUAGES, LITERACIES AND IDENTITIES THROUGH COLLABORATIVE AND COMMUNITY-BASED LITERACY PRACTICES.
Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou, Associate Professor at the Department Of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Brandon University
Jocelyn Bender, Principal, Benito, Swan Valley School Division
Patti Hack, Principal, Taylor Elementary School, Swan Valley School Division
Pam Bowles, Resource Teacher, Taylor Elementary School, Swan Valley School Division

Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Brandon University, Canada.

Jocelyn Bender, Pam Bowles and Patti Hack are K-12 educators from Swan Valley School Division.

In this presentation we share findings from a year-long, funded research study that focused on how K-12 educators contextualized and practiced the teaching of language arts and literacy in the midst of a shift to a new English Language Arts curriculum.

In addition to sharing data from the teacher online survey and interviews, for this presentation, we share examples of classroom practices that reflect the four practices of language as sense making, language as exploration and design, language as system and language as power and agency outlined in the new ELA curriculum document. Classroom practices that aim to support students’ languages, literacies and identities through collaborative and community-based literacy practices are shared with the participants.

Suitable for All Educators
B) 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Maximum number of participants 30)
COST: $25.00
LOCATION: Room 224 – Faculty of Ed
Brandon University
207 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB

Registration

Register online here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1067