BTA Virtual LIFT Conference 2020

Register here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1206

Brandon Teachers' Association - Virtual LIFT 2020

Location: Virtual Sessions - Links will be sent by each Presenter

Date: October 23, 2020



Schedule of Event
AM Workshop: 09:00 - 11:30
Lunch: 11:30 - 01:00 (on your own)
PM Workshop: 01:00 - 03:30

Registration Fees
Conference Fee Full Day: $50 (Early Bird $40 until midnight October 1st)
Conference Fee Half Day: $25 (Early Bird $20 until midnight October 1st)
Registration fee includes GST.

Presenter will be providing attendees with a link to their session.

We accept either Credit Cards and Debit Cards when registering on-line.

A cancellation fee of $10.00 will be charged with respect to any cancellations requested.

As this is a virtual conference, we cannot accommodate late registrations.

Registration fee includes GST.

If you need more information about the conference or registration, please contact Sheri Bailey, 204-729-3141 or office@btateach.com.

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Sessions - 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

13 - St. John Ambulance - Basic First Aid With CPR Level C & AED (3 spots remaining)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION - From 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

*NOTE This is an in-person session and proper distancing protocols will be followed.*

The primary focus is CPR Level C (adult/infant/child), AED (defibrillator), and emergency situations (ie. choking, bleeding, asthma, allergies). This course is aimed at individuals working within 30 minutes of a medical facility in low hazard work environments. This course is suitable for anyone who provides care for infants, children and/or adults, federal government employees, health care providers, coaches, educational support staff, teachers, office or retails workers, and parents.

Presenters: Representatives from St. John Ambulance. First Aid and CPR saves lives. As Canada's standard for excellence in first aid and CPR, St. John Ambulance plays an integral role in our society. Building on a 900 year tradition, St. John Ambulance offers innovative programs and products, ensuring Canadians receive the best quality training and expertise.

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

Location: St. John Ambulance Training Centre, Brandon Shopper’s Mall, 1570 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB

Cost: $90.00 (includes cost of certification) No Early Bird Discount available.

Participant Max: 9

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


14 - St. John Ambulance - Mental Health and Wellness for the Workplace (7 spots remaining)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION - From 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

This course is intended to help workplaces better equip their employees in how to offer peer-to-peer support for a colleague that’s suffering. Rather than a diagnostic tool, it provides information to participants to help them better recognize the symptoms of possible mental health issues and how/where to get help.
The course tackles topics such as:
• how to identify mental illnesses within oneself and one’s coworkers;
• how to have difficult conversations with coworkers about mental health, suicidality, and trauma;
• medical / research background into why mental illnesses develop;
• how to best treat mental illnesses.

Instructors for this course are qualified to handle the sensitive, triggering issues that can emerge when discussing serious mental health issues.

*NOTE: Session Times are longer as participants require six hours for certification. St. John Ambulance will provide supplies.

Presenters: Representatives from St. John Ambulance. By training with St. John Ambulance programs, you are supporting a humanitarian organization and investing in your community. All profits from first aid courses and the sale of supplies are re-invested to fund our work in the community. Through research, development and delivery of first aid training and community service programs, we are able to meet our mission of enabling Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life..

Platform: Zoom

Cost: $100.00 (includes cost of certification) No Early Bird Discount Available

Participant Max: 10

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


Sessions - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

01A - Respectfully, Up Yours!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

What makes a good workplace great? A culture of respect and cooperation. This interactive and collaborative seminar will assist people in becoming more effective individual agents of change and more respectful as a team. We will explore practical and concrete ways of bringing these ideas to life to generate a workplace of happy, engaged and supportive team players.

Discover:
• What constitutes respectful or disrespectful behavior?
• The effect of disrespect in the workplace on SAFETY and HEALTH.
• What’s in it for you to change the way YOU do things?
• Guidelines for a respectful and psychologically safe workplace.
• Practical tools and strategies for becoming a more respectful workplace.

Presenter: Sylvia Marusyk, Activational Speaker, Sylvia is everything you never knew you wanted in a public speaker. The former host of the ‘Happy Hour With Sylvia!’ radio show, international keynote speaker, “activational” mentor and industry expert uses her 30 years of experience to change the way we look at corporate health and wellness. Get ready to learn, laugh and feel better than you ever thought you could.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators


02A - A New View of Autism - Five Game-Changing Principales of Practice & Design Educators Need to Know

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

As educators, we are confronted daily with the problem of autism in schools— everything from how to address challenging behaviours and communication difficulties to how to effectively plan for sensory differences, talk to worried or upset parents and effectively teach social skills. With these demands and ever-increasing numbers of students attracting the label of autism, teachers and schools are under new kinds of pressure. A New View of Autism takes you on an inspirational journey to change your mind about the problem of autism in schools. Through story, the workshop will help you recall some of the deeper reasons you went into teaching and will acquaint you with insights from a number of autistic people and their supporters. Through this work together, we will encounter neurodiversity—a new view of autism—and its five game-changing principles of practice and design you need to know. Ultimately, our goal is to give you the tools you need to think about autism differently, open access to learning for autistic/ neurodivergent students, supporters and peers, and to enjoy yourself along the way!

This keynote session is suitable for all educators and is essential learning for teachers, resource teachers, practitioners, administrators and paraprofessionals.

Presenters: Dr. Patty Douglas, Assistant Professor, Brandon University, Raya Shields, Child and Youth Worker & Public Speaker. Dr. Patty Douglas is an international speaker on disability and inclusion who brings new views of autism and ways of working with students to classroom teachers and school system leaders. She is a former special education teacher, mom of a son who attracted the label of autism and assistant professor at Brandon University. Patty is passionate about inclusive education and inspiring educators to value—even desire—the difference of disability in schools. Patty has published widely on autism and disability and is currently working on two books— Disability Studies in Education: Critical Conversations and; Autism: Ethical Disruptions and Care Pedagogies.

Raya Shields is an autistic speaker and Child and Youth Worker working with autistic/ neurodivergent children and youth in the Toronto area. Raya writes and speaks nationally on neurodiversity and rethinking institutional space as a new way to open access to learning, life and belonging. She has a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University and is passionate about neurodiversity, laundromats and her pug, Sir Gherkin.

Find out more about Patty and Raya’s current project!— Re•Storying Autism in Education, a multimedia storytelling project about belonging and inclusion in schools with and for autistic people, educators, practitioners, artists and family members. Over the next four years in Manitoba, Southwestern Ontario and Yorkshire, UK, the project is interviewing, holding storytelling workshops and providing professional development workshops for educational stakeholders to change hearts, minds, policy and practice around autism.

For more information, check out www.restoryingautism.com @ReStorying

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


03A - Smarter Science

NOTE: A.M. Session is an Introductory Workshop. P.M. Session is an Advanced Workshop

SMARTER SCIENCE – INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

This introductory workshop in Smarter Science includes practical activities which can be used in class from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These activities encourage questioning and the use of 35 investigative process skills without expensive equipment. Participants will also use the Steps-to-Inquiry to guide their student into designing their own experiment. Smarter Science is a framework for teaching science which provides the opportunity to develop research skills, creativity, and innovation. Students must learn to “think like scientists”.


Presenter: Dominic Tremblay, Education Consultant, Western Manitoba Science Fair. I’m an innovative Education Consultant who specializes in bringing 21st century skills to educational programs and professionals. I am passionate about inquiry-based learning and developing relevant pedagogical activities for students immersed in a world where technology and multimedia are the norm. With 13 years of classroom experience at both primary and secondary levels, I know what is required to create a learning environment that motivates and inspires in today’s world.

I offer:
• up-to-date knowledge of, and experience with, provincial curriculum standards across Canada
• a leadership style that assists educators in gaining confidence with new concepts and approaches
• experience working with First Nations, Inuit, minority Francophone and Anglophone communities
• a unique blend of experience as a teacher, administrator, technology and social media consultant, keynote speaker, curriculum developer and magician

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators


FULL - 09A - Success With Online Learning

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

This full day session will go through some of the benefits and different uses for online learning with the provincially licensed Learning Management System, Brightspace.
In the morning we will go through different uses including face-to-face, at a distance, and a combination of physical learning environments. We will look at blended and flipped learning, and some of the tools that teachers can use to facilitate an engaging and rich learning environment.

In the afternoon, we will look at more advanced and technical strategies to online learning that can engage students in new ways. Integrating aspects of gamification into the classroom, virtual or physical, and creating interactive lessons and projects will fill the afternoon with strategies and ideas that teachers can take back into the classroom on Monday.

Presenter: Chris Fredrickson, Web Based Course Consultant, Manitoba Education. Chris has been a Consultant with Manitoba Education for the past 3 years. He has worked with teaching online for the past 8 years and is always looking at different ways to engage students in their learning.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years, Student Teachers


19A - Drones in the Classroom Taking Lift

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Drones are having a clear impact on our current industrial and commercial landscapes through their wide array of applications. Drones are now used in conservation, law enforcement, surveying and civil engineering, forestry, agriculture, construction, mining, real estate, media productions, firefighting, search and rescue, disaster management, humanitarian purposes, delivery, life preservation services, parks and wildlife management, security, airport management, home and building inspections, resource management and exploration, military, and education. Let's focus on how understanding drones in education can lead our future generations to a rapidly changing workforce.

Presenter: Matthew Johnson, President/CEO, M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. Matthew Johnson is the founder, President and CEO of M3 Drone Training Zone Inc., which operates as M3 Aerial Productions. M3 has quickly become one of the premiere drone training authorities in Canada, with Matthew having personally trained over 1000 pilots from across the country to date.

He is also a former mathematics teacher in Manitoba, having taught in the Prairie Spirit SD, Louis Riel SD, and Winnipeg School Division from 2012-2017; and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years, releasing at the rank of Captain in order to focus on the development of his company.

In 2017, while teaching at Elmwood High School in Winnipeg, Matthew first introduced his grade 9-11 mathematics classes to drone technology to teach about trigonometry, and area and volumetric calculations that can be done using drones. From there grew the concept of the Drones In The Classroom (DITC) program, which provides teachers with a foundation of knowledge of drone technology, the opportunities within the industry, and a window into the future of industry, and how students will be able to find future opportunities. All of this while helping teachers achieve multidisciplinary curricular outcomes by integrating this technology into their lesson plans.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 42

Suitable for: All Educators


20A - Let's Talk Money!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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. 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 take an honest, practical, and realistic look at making, saving and growing your money.

This session will be guided by the needs of the participants. Further topics for discussion could include how to infuse and teach financial literacy concepts in the classroom through the use of easy to use, classroom-ready resources, as well as how to create and run a money fair with your students.

Presenter: Nick Onischuk, Teacher, Brandon School Division. Nick Onischuk is guidance counsellor with the Brandon School Division who is passionate about money management and financial literacy. Nick's honest and enthusiastic approach to money has helped both students and adults begin to talk about and understand the importance of their financial futures.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 40

Suitable for: All Educators


21A - Inspiring Your Inclusive Classroom - empowering students to make a difference in their school, community and beyond

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Join the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program for a resource-filled session on improving student well-being by building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in your classroom. The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program is important in promoting an inclusive climate and a learning environment where all students see themselves capable of making a difference. These resources identify and demonstrate the strength, abilities and diversity of all people, and the importance of removing barriers.

The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program is:
• a comprehensive bilingual collection of K-12 lesson plans, videos, and books and speakers;
• available FREE to educators;
• easy to incorporate into current lessons and curriculum;
• grounded in UDL & Holistic Education;
• connected to Provincial Educational Priorities and Curriculum Outcomes.

Presenter: Anne-Marie Dolinar, Sr. Regional Coordinator, Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. Anne-Marie Dolinar began her career as a Registered Dietitian where she educated clients about nutrition, delivered food literacy programming in schools, and instructed dietetics courses at the post-secondary level. After sustaining a life-altering spinal cord injury, the need for improved accessibility and inclusion became abundantly clear to Anne-Marie. This ultimately led her to her role with the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. She wholeheartedly believes in Rick’s message, the potential of young people to be Difference Makers, and the vision of creating a world where Everyone can go Everywhere. In her spare time, Anne-Marie can usually be found on a tennis court – she competes internationally as a wheelchair tennis athlete and is our current Canadian Women’s National Champion.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: All Educators


22A - Multicultural Games

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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.

Presenter: Ryan Boguski, Physical Education Teacher, Brandon School Division. Mr. Ryan Boguski has been a Physical Education/Health Education Teacher in the Brandon School Division for the past 13 years.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20

Suitable for: Early Years, Middle Years


23A - Office 365 in the Classroom

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

This session will focus on how you and your students can use Office 365 tools to enhance student learning and empower students to own their learning experiences. We will look at ways to make your classroom routines digital (no more lost papers!), have some assignments automatically mark, and how teachers can provide more timely and effective feedback to students using Office 365. These tools can be game changers in freeing up teachers and students to do the real work of teaching and learning, and not get buried in paper and administrivia.

*NOTE: This session is designed only for teachers who have Office 365 logins through their school.

Presenter: Brian Wyzlic, Grade 8 Teacher, Brandon School Division. Brian Wyzlic is in his 14th year as a teacher, he recently served for 3 years as Brandon School Division's Educational Technology Specialist and is now a Grade 8 Teacher at Maryland Park. He believes technology, when used appropriately and intentionally, has the ability to level the playing field, providing access to the curriculum to all students in ways that would not otherwise be possible. He has seen this in his own classroom and is excited to help other teachers see the possibility for technology's role in their settings.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 40

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years


24A - Project 11 Positive Mental Wellness Program K-8

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Project 11 is an engaging cross-curricular proactive program targeting Manitoba’s English Language Arts and Health outcomes. Weekly lessons and daily activities have been designed to help support students and teachers in bringing mental health awareness, along with positive coping skills. It is available to support students in Kindergarten to grade 4 (French and English) and in grades 5-8 (English) with virtual tutorials educating students about Mental Wellness. In addition to the Mental Wellness lessons, there are over 160 daily activities promoting healthy lifestyle practices that teachers can access and incorporate into their class. Project 11 uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

Presenter: Representatives of Project 11 Team, Winnipeg Jets True North Youth Foundation Project 11

Platform: GoTo

Participant Max: 60

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years


FULL - 25A - Making Sense of Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Learning Objectives:
• Learn the importance of sensory processing and self-regulation
• Overview of the sensory systems, including interoception
• Recent research on neurobiology: what brain structures affect self regulation
• 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

Presenters: Karen Gillespie and Daydra Dietrich, Occupational Therapists. Karen Gillespie is an Occupational Therapist who previously worked for 12 years in the Brandon School Division and for last 3 years has worked 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.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Administration, Resource/Specialty, Student Teachers


26A - Middle Years Literacy in the Content Areas

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

This pragmatic session will focus on engaging and supporting literacy skills in content area. Strategies that will work across middle years content areas will be offered and opportunities for differentiation and formative assessment will be discussed.

Presenters: Cory Nevill, Literacy Specialist 5-12, Devin Foord, Continuous Improvement Coach/Librarian
Brandon School Division. Devin Foord is the Continuous Improvement Coach and Librarian at King George School in Brandon. He enjoys supporting teachers in engaging students and developing their literacy skills across the curriculum.

Cory Nevill is the Literacy Specialist 5-12. In this position she gets the opportunity to work with teachers across both grades and curriculum.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Middle Years


27A - Little Hands in Motion: Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Play-Based Learning (5 spots remaining)

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

With the increase in numbers of children entering Kindergarten who are presenting with fine motor skill delays and little exposure to a school-based setting, this workshop will provide classroom strategies and center time activities with a play-based approach to build on fine motor skill foundations. We will explore creative ways to manage this in your teaching schedules as well as look at tools and available school resources to help you with implementing adaptations and small fine motor groups. This will be a hands on, interactive approach, so come prepared to play!

Presenter: Jennifer Morrison, Kindergarten Teacher, Brandon School Division. Jen is currently working as the Kindergarten teacher at Maryland Park School in Brandon School Division. She has been a kindergarten teacher for over 10 years. She has worked as an Early Diverse Learning Consultant for Kindergarten in Instructional Services for the Calgary Catholic School Division and has presented Professional Development to Early Years and Kindergarten teachers. Jen was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in the province of Alberta and was selected as one of 11 teachers to receive the semi finalist award. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University and is currently working on her Masters degree in Education and Administration. She is passionate about play based learning and supporting the learning and growth of our school communities and students. She has 2 active boys and a doodle. She infuses health and wellness into her classroom by teaching yoga to her students and trains/ instructs indoor cycling classes at a local spin studio.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten and Early Years Students


FULL - 28A - Bake My Day!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

In this session I will share with you some of my favorite recipes. We will have time to bake and take at least 3 different treats.

*NOTE: You will receive a list of supplies via email that you will need to purchase prior to the session taking place.*

Presenter: Desirae Tucker, Teacher, Brandon School Division. I am a mother, wife and teacher. My love of baking has been life long. Some of my best childhood memories are baking with my mom. Growing up, we had fresh baked snacks in the house all the time, and Sunday desserts were always special. Baking for me is relaxing, and something that helps me find my calm. I bake with my daughters, and I love to bake with my students as well. I have no special training or skills, just a love for all things sweet!

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: All Educators


29A - Intentional Teaching During Recovery Learning in Literacy

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

What does it mean to be intentional in our teaching during this time of recovery learning? Let’s delve into three key elements that contribute to being intentional in our teaching and use the Recovery learning in Literacy document published by Manitoba Education to guide and support our thinking.

Presenter: Tracy Genik, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Mountain View School Division, Tracy is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for the Mountain View School Division. Tracy supports the early literacy learning of children and their teachers across Manitoba.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teachers


30A - Early Years Literacy: Assessment in Literacy (K-2)

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

The Recovery Learning in Literacy: A Three-Part Series K-2 document published by Manitoba Education (September 2020) provides assessment resources to help classroom teachers and their teams hoNe their observation skills of students and their literacy understanding. This session will provide discussion and instruction of the suggestions: Using the Classroom Literacy Survey, Using Real Text – Telling, Reading, and Writing, The Record of Oral Language, Administering the Writing Vocabulary Task, using a Word reading Test, Using the Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words task.

Presenter: Vanda Mitri, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Brandon School Division, Vanda is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for Southwestern MB Training Centre and the Brandon School Division. Vanda supports the early literacy learning of children and their teachers across Manitoba through Reading Recovery and early years literacy team professional development.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teachers


31A - Understanding Indigenous Diversity

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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.

Presenter: Douglas Pople, Career Planning and Placement Officer, Brandon University , Doug is a proud Métis 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.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


FULL - 32A - "They Posted What? Now What Do I Do?" School District Response to Teachers and Personal Use of Social Media

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

Self-expression and self-promotion are very much a part of our lives today. With the evolution of social media, teacher’s lives have become extensively more public as they express themselves on many social platforms. Social media has given teachers forums to express opinions and views on varying topics as well as openly share their private lives. School districts have traditionally had to balance the values of the community and teachers’ rights to expression. Utilizing current Canadian case law as a framework, this presentation will examine the relationship between community values and teacher’s personal lives. When teachers have been disciplined, suspended, or had their contracts terminated, school districts, and in turn the courts, have sited “community disruption” and “a loss of public confidence” as reasons for their actions and decisions. Defining a “disruption” or measuring “public confidence” is a delicate task. Teachers should expect to be free from actions of discrimination and have a reasonable right to freedom of thought, opinion and expression. This presentation will focus on how school districts have responded as well as recent court decisions that will provide for a glimpse at this evolving issue.

Presenter: Dr. Tom Skinner, Associate Professor, Brandon University. Dr. Skinner has been involved in education for the last forty years. He has experience as a teacher from kindergarten to grade 12 including multi-grade and special education classrooms. As well, his professional experience includes twelve years as a school principal in four Manitoba school divisions, including rural, urban, and northern divisions. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University where he lectures in both the undergrad program and the graduate program. He has served on a number of provincial and national committees focused on policy and legislative development in education and has presented papers at the provincial and national levels, focusing on education law, leadership, and team building. He graduated with a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, specializing in Theory and Policy Studies in Education Administration. The doctorate was preceded by a Masters’ degree in Education Administration from the University of Manitoba.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 20

Suitable for: All Educators


FULL - 33A - Learning and Joy in the Pandemic: Kindergarten in the Age of Covid 19

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

Manitoba’s Kindergartens offer our youngest students (who are only four and five years old) a joyful introduction to school. Kindergarten gives these students the opportunity for intentional, play-based, developmentally appropriate learning experiences that enable them to become capable, motivated, confident learners. It fosters their health across all developmental domains – even during pandemic times. How do we mediate COVID-19 through the lens of developmentally appropriate pedagogical practices? Join Debra Mayer, Early Childhood Consultant with Manitoba Education for a virtual session to review the recommendations and to share your own ideas.

Presenter: Debra Mayer, Early Childhood Education Consultant, Manitoba Department of Education. Debra Mayer is the Early Childhood Consultant with the Government of Manitoba’s Department of Education where she provides leadership and support to school divisions in the area of early learning for children up to age 8 years. In this role, Debra promotes developmentally appropriate programming and services that help to prepare children for successful school entry and optimal learning in the early years.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Resource/Specialty, Student Teachers


34A - Opening the Door to Reconciliation Through Story & Fact

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

Participants will explore the role of education to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation” (TRC, 2015).

Topics: Story and fact; The Indian Act; Sixties Scoop; enfranchisement; residential schools; The Peasant Farming Act; Pass & Permit systems; and internalized oppression.

Presenters: Members of Manitoba Teachers’ Society Teacher Led Learning Team. The TLLT team respects the knowledge, skills, and experience that participants bring, and our aim is to offer new information about a topic and invite participants to connect with each other, the topic, and their learning goals.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


35A - Nutrients for Life - Resources for Educators. Bringing science based soil and agriculture resources to teachers

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

How are we going to feed an estimated 10 billion people by the year 2050? Join Nutrients for Life to learn about some Best Management Practices that will enable farmers to grow more food with less of an environmental footprint. After testing some soil for macro nutrients, jump into an online simulation to learn about sustainable agriculture from three farm families.

Presenter: Kent Lewarne, Regional Manager, Nutrients for Life Canada, Kent Lewarne is a Regional Manager for Nutrients for Life Canada. NFL is a charitable not for profit organization with a mandate to provide teachers and students with fact based information about soil science and sustainable agriculture. Kent has been working with NFL since 2009.

Platform: Google Meet

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years, Student Teachers


36A - Positioning Schools in an Evolving Context

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

Education is facing major societal changes that are creating significant challenges. Given the rapidly changing challenges, the concepts of renewal, organizational growth, design, role of structures and the need to build leadership capacity are explored to best position schools to meet the needs of its constituents.

Presenter: Mathew Gustafson, Assistant Superintendent, Brandon School Division. Mathew Gustafson is an Assistant Superintendent in Brandon School Division. As a former high school teacher, Principal of a K-6 Inner City School, and Principal of 2 High Schools, Mathew uses the concepts of renewal, design and growth mindset to work with staff in supporting schools, staff and students. Mathew has participated in leadership roles at the divisional, provincial and Western Canadian levels. He has co-authored a publication and a book chapter on Professional Development Schools and Social Justice. Mathew was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award and co-recipient of the Nicholas Michelli Award for Promoting Social Justice.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Administrators, All Educators


37A - Jeunes penseurs computationnels: programmation déconnectée

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION AM ONLY

De plus en plus, on demande aux enseignants et enseignantes d’enseigner le codage et la pensée computationnelle aux jeunes élèves. Cet atelier interactif et pratique vise à développer une compréhension de la pensée computationnelle et des habiletés et compétences connexes grâce à l’exploration d’activités pertinentes et prêtes à l’emploi qui s’alignent sur les programmes d’études de plusieurs matières.

Intentions d’apprentissage :

En participant à cet atelier, les enseignants et enseignantes :
1. S’engagent dans des activités débranchées qui mettent l’accent sur le développement des compétences des élèves en matière de décomposition, d’abstraction, de reconnaissance des régularités, de pensée algorithmique et de pensée logique,
2. Ont accès aux activités qui sont explorées, ainsi qu’aux listes de documents et aux ressources de soutien, afin qu’ils puissent compléter les activités avec leurs élèves
3. Découvrent comment s’appuyer sur ce qu’ils font déjà dans leur salle de classe pour développer les connaissances de base dont les élèves ont besoin pour devenir des penseurs computationnels,
4. Collaborent avec leurs collègues et s’engagent dans des discussions pertinentes sur la littératie numérique et la pensée computationnelle.

Presenter: Melanie McComb, French Immersion Teacher, Brandon School Division. As an experienced French immersion teacher with over 20 years of experience, Melanie McComb has a passion for STEM education. Alongside Let's Talk Science, Melanie aims to connect educators with a community of learners and provide ready to use, curriculum-aligned resources incorporating digital literacy and global competencies to solve real-world problems in the classroom.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: Early Years, Middle Years


Sessions - 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

04 - Digital Scrapbooking

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

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.

Presenter: 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.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: All Educators


05 - Game-Based Learning in the Social Studies Classroom

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

This full-day session offers educators the opportunity to experience a number of game-based learning activities designed for the social studies classroom. Educators will receive a number of useful and adaptable resources for their own practice. The pedagogical foundations of game-based learning will be highlighted through active participation in the session. The session will introduce collaborative and competitive role-playing and tabletop gaming to participants. The establishment of a gaming association as a safe space for students will also be explored.

Presenter: Jeremy Roberts, Educator, Rolling River School Division. Jeremy Roberts is a senior years educator in his sixth year of practice in Rolling River School Division. He is currently conducting game-based learning research for his master’s thesis. Using both his professional and personal practical knowledge to inform his game-based learning approach, he has had enormous success in cultivating student engagement and intrinsic motivation in the classroom.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Senior Years


06 - Anyone Can Scratch! (and Other Things)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

You don’t have to be a programmer to get your students to write computer programs (aka code). Critical thinking and problem solving is an important part of a student’s growth. This is not a skill that should be reserved only for engineers and computer programmers, but is essential for everyone. Coding is an excellent avenue for developing these skills.

With increasing demands upon the resources of the classroom teacher, it can be very difficult to decide to introduce yet another demand. We are here to show you that it can be a minimal drain on your resources, including time and energy. Also, it is FREE! Scratch is an online (or offline) block computer programming language that can be used as a MakerSpace project, allowing your students to explore and be creative in a variety of ways. Scratch is used to build projects, entertain friends, tell stories, create presentations, play music and so much more.

Our session will introduce a way to get your students set up and Scratching as painlessly as possible. We will share with you a variety of very good resources and give you time to explore and experiment. We will also demonstrate two alternatives to Scratch…MIT App Inventor and BBC Micro:bits.

Presenters: Cheryl Klimack, Teacher, Joe Pulver, Teacher, Brandon School Division. Cheryl has been teaching Computer Science at Crocus Plains for 23 years including languages such as Visual Basic, C#, Java and interfaces such as Scratch, App Inventor and Unity. She loves learning and creating with programming, and her entire family is involved with computer science in one way or another. In her home life, she trains and shows horses.

Joe is currently teaching junior science at Crocus and has a background in teaching ICT. He has a passion for all subjects in science and a strong interest in computer programming and is always looking for ways to infuse the two.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years, Resource/Specialty, Student Teachers


07 - Understanding Root Causes of Behaviour

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

This session will focus on a discussion regarding root causes of behaviour, from trauma to self-regulation to mental health. The afternoon will be spent discussing intervention strategies.

Presenter: Stéphane Touzin, Behaviour Intervention Support Service Provider, Brandon School Division. Stéphane has been a School Psychologist within the Brandon School Division for approximately 17 years. Over the course of these years, he has worked at the Kindergarten to Grade 12 level supporting teachers, students, and parents. He has a new role within the school division as Behaviour Intervention Support Service Provider.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


08 - Arctic Sports - Using Traditional Physical Literacy in the Classroom

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

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).

Presenter: 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.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


10 - Great Books For Great Kids!

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

Together, Sally and Don will share some new illustrated books, information books, poetry, picture book biographies and graphic novels. They might even sneak in a few of their old favourites.

Presenter: Sally Bender and Don Cuggy, Retired Teachers, Brandon School Division. Sally is a retired teacher with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for books. Don is also a retired teacher fortunate to have a kind friend like Sally patient enough to put up with him for these many years.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 60

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years


FULL - 11 - Art For the Middle Year Classroom

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

In this session we will look at how the MY Art Option program can be structured throughout the year. We will also complete a few art projects to learn new techniques and practice using a variety of mediums. If you have an idea that you would like to do but aren't sure of how to complete with your students, bring it with you, we will develop a plan that you can take back to your classroom and use!

Please note that although this session will not be identical to the one offered in 2019, many concepts may overlap.

*NOTE: You will receive a list of supplies via email that you will need to purchase prior to the session taking place.*

Presenter: Kyla Cullen, Teacher, Brandon School Division. This will be my 7th year teaching and my fourth year at New Era. I have been teaching grade 7/8 now for 5 years during which time I have been teaching the visual Art component. Art is by far my favourite course to teach. I enjoy sitting with my students during this time and completing projects with them.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20

Suitable for: Middle Years


12 - Utilisation des cartes à tâches comme moyen d'apprentissage différencié

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

La première partie de la session portera sur l’utilisation des cartes à tâches comme moyen d’apprentissage différencié. Les cartes à tâches sont des cartes d’activités à lien avec une matière quelconque afin de la pratiquer ou de l’approfondir. C’est une façon de varier l’enseignement sous forme de jeu ou de moyen de révision. La deuxième partie de cet atelier portera sur des techniques de base en utilisant le logiciel PowerPoint afin de construire des cartes à tâches qui répondent aux besoins de vos élèves.

À la suite de cet atelier, les participants seront en mesure d’utiliser des cartes à tâches dans divers contextes scolaires ainsi que d’en créer à suivant un modèle. Les enseignants sont les bienvenus à apporter leur propre ordinateur toutefois, l’atelier aura lieu dans un laboratoire informatique.
Cette session s’adresse à tous les niveaux de français.

Presenters: Anna Gaudet, Teacher and Pascaline Stevens, Teacher, Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine (DSFM). Anna Gaudet est enseignante à la DSFM. Elle a également enseigné dans le programme d’immersion. Son expérience est essentiellement au cycle de la jeune enfance (M-4). Elle poursuit présentement ses études en éducation inclusive avec l’Université de Saint-Boniface afin de mieux répondre aux divers besoins de notre clientèle scolaire. Anna essaie de diversifier son enseignement à l’aide de différentes activités afin de motiver les élèves dans leurs apprentissages.

Pascaline Stevens est enseignante à la DSFM. Avant d’entamer une carrière en enseignement, elle a travaillé comme traductrice pendant plusieurs années. Son expérience est essentiellement au cycle intermédiaire (7-8). Elle se spécialise également dans le domaine de la technologie et l’utilise au quotidien dans sa salle de classe. Pascaline aime varier son enseignement en y incorporant des éléments qui motive ses élèves tout en leur faisait pratiquer des concepts clés.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years, Student Teachers


15 - Ensouling our Schools (Hosted by Portage la Prairie Teachers' Association)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION

“Ensouling our Schools” is a book written by Jennifer Katz and Kevin Lamoureux. This workshop will highlight important aspects of the book as well as additional information and resources.

Topics that will be covered include: stress, trauma, racism, poverty, historical injustices, intergenerational trauma, mindfulness, Circle of Courage, Indigenous worldview, disengagement, positive connections, student choice, service projects, inclusive practices, mental health and well-being of students, staff, and community.

Presenters: Jill Fast, Indigenous Academic Achievement Facilitator, Portage La Prairie School Division. Métis. Indigenous Academic Achievement Facilitator. Post-Baccalaureate in Indigenous Knowledge.

Platform: Google Meet

Participant Max: 40

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


FULL - 17 - Teacher Wellness (Hosted by Gilbert Plains Teachers' Association)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION – HOSTED BY MOUNTAIN VIEW TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

This session will provide educators with information and ideas on how to reduce stress for themselves as well as their students. Educators will be engaged in yoga and learn about health benefits and how to incorporate yoga in the classroom. Meditation, mindfulness, and journaling will be introduced and practiced to gather a deeper understanding of our thoughts and how to stay in the present moment. Participants will learn how to implement these strategies with students. Tapping into our core values leads us to living an authentic, fulfilling life. Learn how to identify these values and what it means to live true to yourself. Come join us for a relaxing experience and gain some valuable insight about yourself!

Presenters: Lori Ash, Guidance Counsellor/Grade 7 teacher and Nicole Bileski, Teacher, Mountain View School Division. Lori Ash is an educator of 25 years. She spent the majority of her career in the middle years, specifically grade 5 and 7/8. She received her Masters of Education, majoring in Guidance and Counselling in 2018. Her main focus throughout her master's degree was anxiety. Lori has been a Guidance Counsellor for the last 5 years. During this time, she has implemented programs and group projects revolving around anxiety and stress, such as Mind-Up and Strong Kids. She created a Mental Health Awareness group with students and a Busting Through Stress grade 8 group, where students learned how to reduce stress and then taught these strategies to younger students. Lori is presently Guidance Counsellor at Gilbert Plains Elementary and Gilbert Plains Collegiate and teaches grade 7 ELA. She has two adult children and resides just outside of Gilbert Plains where she lives with her husband.

Nicole Bileski lives in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, and is married to her husband, Tyler Bileski. Together, they have two amazing little men in their lives that they have the privilege to call their sons. She is a grade 5/6 homeroom teacher, as well as the 4-8 Physical Education teacher at Gilbert Plains Elementary School. She has been teaching for 12 years. Her experience starts at grade two and reaches up to grade eight, as well as guidance. However, her main passion has always been in Physical Education. She has taken a special approach in her homeroom, by creating a warm space for students and focusing on the importance of social-emotional learning. She is currently taking her Masters in Education through Brandon University.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: All Educators


18 - Preparation is the Key to Report Cards (Hosted by Mountain View Teachers' Association) (5 spots remaining)

THIS IS A FULL DAY SESSION - NEW – HOSTED BY MOUNTAIN VIEW TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION


This session is designed to help educators plan for report card season. We will discuss charts, notes, methods, time-management, expectations, and writing styles. As part of the session, we will go over the provincial report card document, other relevant curricular documents, and how to effectively use some of Microsoft Word’s features. Time and guidance will be given to create usable tables and forms to make writing quality reports card comments more efficient and succinct for busy educators.

Presenter: Katrina Mitchell, Teacher, Mountain View School Division. Katrina Mitchell has been an educator for over 25 years. Although she has taught every grade from grade 1 to 12, spent 3 years as a principal, and has worked in schools whose population exceeded 1000 to a small school with 21 students, Katrina has always been drawn to middle years. She is known for organization, logical reasoning, helping her colleagues, and asking many, many questions. Her most important skill is her vision; she is a global planner who looks to the future. In the past, Ms. Mitchell has hosted sessions for teachers involving: fractions, First Steps in Math, and the use of technology in the classroom. Katrina is a leader among her grade 6 team at Mackenzie Middle School and respected throughout Mountain View School Division.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20

Suitable for:Middle Years, Student Teachers


Sessions - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

01B - Respectfully, Up Yours!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

What makes a good workplace great? A culture of respect and cooperation. This interactive and collaborative seminar will assist people in becoming more effective individual agents of change and more respectful as a team. We will explore practical and concrete ways of bringing these ideas to life to generate a workplace of happy, engaged and supportive team players.

Discover:
• What constitutes respectful or disrespectful behavior?
• The effect of disrespect in the workplace on SAFETY and HEALTH.
• What’s in it for you to change the way YOU do things?
• Guidelines for a respectful and psychologically safe workplace.
• Practical tools and strategies for becoming a more respectful workplace.

Presenter: Sylvia Marusyk, Activational Speaker, Sylvia is everything you never knew you wanted in a public speaker. The former host of the ‘Happy Hour With Sylvia!’ radio show, international keynote speaker, “activational” mentor and industry expert uses her 30 years of experience to change the way we look at corporate health and wellness. Get ready to learn, laugh and feel better than you ever thought you could.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators


02B - A New View of Autism - Five Game-Changing Principales of Practice & Design Educators Need to Know

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

As educators, we are confronted daily with the problem of autism in schools— everything from how to address challenging behaviours and communication difficulties to how to effectively plan for sensory differences, talk to worried or upset parents and effectively teach social skills. With these demands and ever-increasing numbers of students attracting the label of autism, teachers and schools are under new kinds of pressure. A New View of Autism takes you on an inspirational journey to change your mind about the problem of autism in schools. Through story, the workshop will help you recall some of the deeper reasons you went into teaching and will acquaint you with insights from a number of autistic people and their supporters. Through this work together, we will encounter neurodiversity—a new view of autism—and its five game-changing principles of practice and design you need to know. Ultimately, our goal is to give you the tools you need to think about autism differently, open access to learning for autistic/ neurodivergent students, supporters and peers, and to enjoy yourself along the way!

This keynote session is suitable for all educators and is essential learning for teachers, resource teachers, practitioners, administrators and paraprofessionals.

Presenters: Dr. Patty Douglas, Assistant Professor, Brandon University, Raya Shields, Child and Youth Worker & Public Speaker. Dr. Patty Douglas is an international speaker on disability and inclusion who brings new views of autism and ways of working with students to classroom teachers and school system leaders. She is a former special education teacher, mom of a son who attracted the label of autism and assistant professor at Brandon University. Patty is passionate about inclusive education and inspiring educators to value—even desire—the difference of disability in schools. Patty has published widely on autism and disability and is currently working on two books— Disability Studies in Education: Critical Conversations and; Autism: Ethical Disruptions and Care Pedagogies.

Raya Shields is an autistic speaker and Child and Youth Worker working with autistic/ neurodivergent children and youth in the Toronto area. Raya writes and speaks nationally on neurodiversity and rethinking institutional space as a new way to open access to learning, life and belonging. She has a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University and is passionate about neurodiversity, laundromats and her pug, Sir Gherkin.

Find out more about Patty and Raya’s current project!— Re•Storying Autism in Education, a multimedia storytelling project about belonging and inclusion in schools with and for autistic people, educators, practitioners, artists and family members. Over the next four years in Manitoba, Southwestern Ontario and Yorkshire, UK, the project is interviewing, holding storytelling workshops and providing professional development workshops for educational stakeholders to change hearts, minds, policy and practice around autism.

For more information, check out www.restoryingautism.com @ReStorying

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


03B - Smarter Science

*NOTE: It is recommended to have taken the 1st course in the morning or when presented at 2017 LIFT Conference, but not mandatory.*

SMARTER SCIENCE – ADVANCED WORKSHOP

This is the second course in the Smarter Science workshop series. It includes practical activities which can be used in the classroom, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These activities encourage questioning and the use of 35 investigative process skills without expensive equipment. Participants will also use the Steps-to-Inquiry to guide their students into designing their own experiment. Smarter Science is a framework for teaching science which provides the opportunity to develop research skills, creativity, and innovation. Students must learn to “think like scientists”.

Presenter: Dominic Tremblay, Education Consultant, Western Manitoba Science Fair. I’m an innovative Education Consultant who specializes in bringing 21st century skills to educational programs and professionals. I am passionate about inquiry-based learning and developing relevant pedagogical activities for students immersed in a world where technology and multimedia are the norm. With 13 years of classroom experience at both primary and secondary levels, I know what is required to create a learning environment that motivates and inspires in today’s world.

I offer:
• up-to-date knowledge of, and experience with, provincial curriculum standards across Canada
• a leadership style that assists educators in gaining confidence with new concepts and approaches
• experience working with First Nations, Inuit, minority Francophone and Anglophone communities
• a unique blend of experience as a teacher, administrator, technology and social media consultant, keynote speaker, curriculum developer and magician

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 100

Suitable for: All Educators


19B - Drones in the Classroom Taking Lift

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Drones are having a clear impact on our current industrial and commercial landscapes through their wide array of applications. Drones are now used in conservation, law enforcement, surveying and civil engineering, forestry, agriculture, construction, mining, real estate, media productions, firefighting, search and rescue, disaster management, humanitarian purposes, delivery, life preservation services, parks and wildlife management, security, airport management, home and building inspections, resource management and exploration, military, and education. Let's focus on how understanding drones in education can lead our future generations to a rapidly changing workforce.

Presenter: Matthew Johnson, President/CEO, M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. Matthew Johnson is the founder, President and CEO of M3 Drone Training Zone Inc., which operates as M3 Aerial Productions. M3 has quickly become one of the premiere drone training authorities in Canada, with Matthew having personally trained over 1000 pilots from across the country to date.

He is also a former mathematics teacher in Manitoba, having taught in the Prairie Spirit SD, Louis Riel SD, and Winnipeg School Division from 2012-2017; and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years, releasing at the rank of Captain in order to focus on the development of his company.

In 2017, while teaching at Elmwood High School in Winnipeg, Matthew first introduced his grade 9-11 mathematics classes to drone technology to teach about trigonometry, and area and volumetric calculations that can be done using drones. From there grew the concept of the Drones In The Classroom (DITC) program, which provides teachers with a foundation of knowledge of drone technology, the opportunities within the industry, and a window into the future of industry, and how students will be able to find future opportunities. All of this while helping teachers achieve multidisciplinary curricular outcomes by integrating this technology into their lesson plans.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 42

Suitable for: All Educators


20B - Let's Talk Money!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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. 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 take an honest, practical, and realistic look at making, saving and growing your money.

This session will be guided by the needs of the participants. Further topics for discussion could include how to infuse and teach financial literacy concepts in the classroom through the use of easy to use, classroom-ready resources, as well as how to create and run a money fair with your students.

Presenter: Nick Onischuk, Teacher, Brandon School Division. Nick Onischuk is guidance counsellor with the Brandon School Division who is passionate about money management and financial literacy. Nick's honest and enthusiastic approach to money has helped both students and adults begin to talk about and understand the importance of their financial futures.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 40

Suitable for: All Educators


21B - Inspiring Your Inclusive Classroom - empowering students to make a difference in their school, community and beyond

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Join the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program for a resource-filled session on improving student well-being by building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in your classroom. The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program is important in promoting an inclusive climate and a learning environment where all students see themselves capable of making a difference. These resources identify and demonstrate the strength, abilities and diversity of all people, and the importance of removing barriers.

The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program is:
• a comprehensive bilingual collection of K-12 lesson plans, videos, and books and speakers;
• available FREE to educators;
• easy to incorporate into current lessons and curriculum;
• grounded in UDL & Holistic Education;
• connected to Provincial Educational Priorities and Curriculum Outcomes.

Presenter: Anne-Marie Dolinar, Sr. Regional Coordinator, Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. Anne-Marie Dolinar began her career as a Registered Dietitian where she educated clients about nutrition, delivered food literacy programming in schools, and instructed dietetics courses at the post-secondary level. After sustaining a life-altering spinal cord injury, the need for improved accessibility and inclusion became abundantly clear to Anne-Marie. This ultimately led her to her role with the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. She wholeheartedly believes in Rick’s message, the potential of young people to be Difference Makers, and the vision of creating a world where Everyone can go Everywhere. In her spare time, Anne-Marie can usually be found on a tennis court – she competes internationally as a wheelchair tennis athlete and is our current Canadian Women’s National Champion.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: All Educators


22B - Multicultural Games (6 spots remaining)

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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.

Presenter: Ryan Boguski, Physical Education Teacher, Brandon School Division. Mr. Ryan Boguski has been a Physical Education/Health Education Teacher in the Brandon School Division for the past 13 years.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20

Suitable for: Early Years, Middle Years


23B - Office 365 in the Classroom (5 spots remaining)

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

This session will focus on how you and your students can use Office 365 tools to enhance student learning and empower students to own their learning experiences. We will look at ways to make your classroom routines digital (no more lost papers!), have some assignments automatically mark, and how teachers can provide more timely and effective feedback to students using Office 365. These tools can be game changers in freeing up teachers and students to do the real work of teaching and learning, and not get buried in paper and administrivia.

*NOTE: This session is designed only for teachers who have Office 365 logins through their school.

Presenter: Brian Wyzlic, Grade 8 Teacher, Brandon School Division. Brian Wyzlic is in his 14th year as a teacher, he recently served for 3 years as Brandon School Division's Educational Technology Specialist and is now a Grade 8 Teacher at Maryland Park. He believes technology, when used appropriately and intentionally, has the ability to level the playing field, providing access to the curriculum to all students in ways that would not otherwise be possible. He has seen this in his own classroom and is excited to help other teachers see the possibility for technology's role in their settings.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 40

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years


24B - Project 11 Positive Mental Wellness Program K-8

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Project 11 is an engaging cross-curricular proactive program targeting Manitoba’s English Language Arts and Health outcomes. Weekly lessons and daily activities have been designed to help support students and teachers in bringing mental health awareness, along with positive coping skills. It is available to support students in Kindergarten to grade 4 (French and English) and in grades 5-8 (English) with virtual tutorials educating students about Mental Wellness. In addition to the Mental Wellness lessons, there are over 160 daily activities promoting healthy lifestyle practices that teachers can access and incorporate into their class. Project 11 uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

Presenter: Representatives of Project 11 Team, Winnipeg Jets True North Youth Foundation Project 11

Platform: GoTo

Participant Max: 60

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Middle Years


FULL - 25B - Making Sense of Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

Learning Objectives:
• Learn the importance of sensory processing and self-regulation
• Overview of the sensory systems, including interoception
• Recent research on neurobiology: what brain structures affect self regulation
• 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

Presenters: Karen Gillespie and Daydra Dietrich, Occupational Therapists. Karen Gillespie is an Occupational Therapist who previously worked for 12 years in the Brandon School Division and for last 3 years has worked 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.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Early Years, Administration, Resource/Specialty, Student Teachers


26B - Middle Years Literacy in the Content Areas

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

This pragmatic session will focus on engaging and supporting literacy skills in content area. Strategies that will work across middle years content areas will be offered and opportunities for differentiation and formative assessment will be discussed.

Presenters: Cory Nevill, Literacy Specialist 5-12, Devin Foord, Continuous Improvement Coach/Librarian
Brandon School Division. Devin Foord is the Continuous Improvement Coach and Librarian at King George School in Brandon. He enjoys supporting teachers in engaging students and developing their literacy skills across the curriculum.

Cory Nevill is the Literacy Specialist 5-12. In this position she gets the opportunity to work with teachers across both grades and curriculum.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Middle Years


FULL - 27B - Little Hands in Motion: Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Play-Based Learning

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

With the increase in numbers of children entering Kindergarten who are presenting with fine motor skill delays and little exposure to a school-based setting, this workshop will provide classroom strategies and center time activities with a play-based approach to build on fine motor skill foundations. We will explore creative ways to manage this in your teaching schedules as well as look at tools and available school resources to help you with implementing adaptations and small fine motor groups. This will be a hands on, interactive approach, so come prepared to play!

Presenter: Jennifer Morrison, Kindergarten Teacher, Brandon School Division. Jen is currently working as the Kindergarten teacher at Maryland Park School in Brandon School Division. She has been a kindergarten teacher for over 10 years. She has worked as an Early Diverse Learning Consultant for Kindergarten in Instructional Services for the Calgary Catholic School Division and has presented Professional Development to Early Years and Kindergarten teachers. Jen was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in the province of Alberta and was selected as one of 11 teachers to receive the semi finalist award. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University and is currently working on her Masters degree in Education and Administration. She is passionate about play based learning and supporting the learning and growth of our school communities and students. She has 2 active boys and a doodle. She infuses health and wellness into her classroom by teaching yoga to her students and trains/ instructs indoor cycling classes at a local spin studio.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten and Early Years Students


FULL - 28B - Bake My Day!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

In this session I will share with you some of my favorite recipes. We will have time to bake and take at least 3 different treats.

*NOTE: You will receive a list of supplies via email that you will need to purchase prior to the session taking place.*

Presenter: Desirae Tucker, Teacher, Brandon School Division. I am a mother, wife and teacher. My love of baking has been life long. Some of my best childhood memories are baking with my mom. Growing up, we had fresh baked snacks in the house all the time, and Sunday desserts were always special. Baking for me is relaxing, and something that helps me find my calm. I bake with my daughters, and I love to bake with my students as well. I have no special training or skills, just a love for all things sweet!

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: All Educators


29B - Intentional Teaching During Recovery Learning in Literacy

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

What does it mean to be intentional in our teaching during this time of recovery learning? Let’s delve into three key elements that contribute to being intentional in our teaching and use the Recovery learning in Literacy document published by Manitoba Education to guide and support our thinking.

Presenter: Tracy Genik, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Mountain View School Division, Tracy is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for the Mountain View School Division. Tracy supports the early literacy learning of children and their teachers across Manitoba.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teachers


30B - Early Years Literacy: Assessment in Literacy (K-2) (2 spots remaining)

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

The Recovery Learning in Literacy: A Three-Part Series K-2 document published by Manitoba Education (September 2020) provides assessment resources to help classroom teachers and their teams hoNe their observation skills of students and their literacy understanding. This session will provide discussion and instruction of the suggestions: Using the Classroom Literacy Survey, Using Real Text – Telling, Reading, and Writing, The Record of Oral Language, Administering the Writing Vocabulary Task, using a Word reading Test, Using the Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words task.

Presenter: Vanda Mitri, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Brandon School Division, Vanda is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for Southwestern MB Training Centre and the Brandon School Division. Vanda supports the early literacy learning of children and their teachers across Manitoba through Reading Recovery and early years literacy team professional development.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teachers


31B - Understanding Indigenous Diversity

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION REPEATED IN BOTH AM & PM

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.

Presenter: Douglas Pople, Career Planning and Placement Officer, Brandon University , Doug is a proud Métis 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.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


38B - Working With Educational Assistants

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION PM ONLY

Participants will explore practices and guidelines that enhance dynamic working relationships between teachers and EAs.

Topics: Roles and responsibilities of Educational Assistants; MTS policy and provincial regulations; effective communication strategies; preparation, guidance, and supervision of EAs.

Presenters: Members of Manitoba Teachers’ Society Teacher Led Learning Team. The TLLT team respects the knowledge, skills, and experience that participants bring, and our aim is to offer new information about a topic and invite participants to connect with each other, the topic, and their learning goals.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 30

Suitable for: All Educators, Student Teachers


39B - River Watch - There's An App For That!

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION PM ONLY

River Watch is a citizen science program engaging students in the collection and analysis of water samples from rivers and streams across Manitoba. Founded in 2010 and based on the program from Oak Hammock Marsh and the International Water Institute, students use industry grade equipment in the study of their local watershed.

Presenter: Kent Lewarne, Program Coordinator, River Watch. Kent Lewarne is the Program Coordinator for the River Watch program in Manitoba. Working with like minded partners such as Watershed Districts and other NGOs, the South Central Eco Institute supports watershed education through hands on learning. Kent has retired from the classroom in Prairie Spirit School Division and continues to work with PSSD to deliver the River Watch program.

Platform: Google Meet

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Middle Years, Senior Years, Student Teachers


40B - Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION PM ONLY

Educators are increasingly being tasked with teaching coding and computational thinking to young students. This hands-on workshop aims to develop an understanding of computational thinking and the related skills and competencies through the exploration of relevant, ready-to-use activities that connect to a variety of curriculum areas.

Through participation in this workshop, educators will:

1. Engage in unplugged activities that focus on developing students’ skills of decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking and logic;
2. Gain access to the activities that are explored, along with materials lists and supporting resources, so they can complete the activities with their students;
3. Discover how to build upon what they already do in their classrooms to develop the foundation knowledge students need to become computational thinkers;
4. Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions related to digital literacy and computational thinking.

Presenter: Melanie McComb, French Immersion Teacher, Brandon School Division. As an experienced French immersion teacher with over 20 years of experience, Melanie McComb has a passion for STEM education. Alongside Let's Talk Science, Melanie aims to connect educators with a community of learners and provide ready to use, curriculum-aligned resources incorporating digital literacy and global competencies to solve real-world problems in the classroom.

Platform: Zoom

Participant Max: 50

Suitable for: Early Years, Middle Years


41B - How to Create the Election Experience in Your Classroom

THIS IS A HALF DAY SESSION PM ONLY

Your Power to Choose: Learning Resources from Elections Manitoba
Teaching citizenship, democracy and participation in elections.

Bring the elements of democracy and electoral participation alive in your classroom. Elections Manitoba offers a variety of resources designed to bring civic education off the page by encouraging your students to think critically. Activities encourage students to evaluate issues important to them, analyze the impact of different types of information sources, and understand the power of the individual in the democratic process.

The session will walk participants through a variety of lessons and activities that are easy to use in your classroom. The lessons were developed by Elections Manitoba in partnership with educators in the province and connect directly to the grades 6, 9 and 11 social studies curriculum. Also included in the session is an overview of a new resource developed by Elections Manitoba along with Elections Canada and other election offices across Canada that explain the three levels of government and how each impacts young people in their daily lives.

Presenters: Alison Mitchell, Manager of Communications & Public Information, Elections Manitoba. For the past ten years, Alison Mitchell has overseen all aspects of communications for Elections Manitoba, including, education, community outreach, advertising, media relations, and statutory reporting. In her time at Elections Manitoba, she has developed successful voter engagement campaigns focusing on future voters, post-secondary students and community-based organizations; steered the organization’s accessibility planning and implementation efforts; and represented Elections Manitoba at numerous professional development events for educators.

In her previous roles, Alison managed communications for Manitoba Theatre for Young People and public relations for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, worked as a producer at CBC Radio and, as a freelance writer and editor, contributed to a number of local and national publications. Alison has an M.A. in linguistics from McGill University and a B.A. in French language from the University of Manitoba.

Platform: Jitsi ( NOTE: an open-source platform – users do not need an account to access)

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: Grade 6 to 12