META - Fostering Cultural Inclusion in Our Classrooms and Schools

Register here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1418

Manitoba Elementary Teachers' Association

Location:Virtual

Date: October 22, 2021

Program
9:30 am - 11:30 am - Keynote
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm - Breakout Sessions 'A'
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions 'B'
Off-site sessions offered at the Zoo both am and pm - 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Registration
META Membership Fees ……………................ $20
META Conference Fees............................…… $40
META Membership + Conference Fee.............. $30
META Student Fee............................................ $25

Notes
Payment is due at the time of registration. Please have payment ready.

Questions and concerns contact sage.meta@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

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Sessions - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

FULL - AM - Zoo

Your session will include a tour of the Zoo, while your guide helps you plan the logistics (including social distancing within the Zoo) for your fieldtrip to ensure your students can get the most out of their visit. We will also highlight the amazing programs and experiences that are available to visiting school groups. *This is an outdoor session, dress for the weather.

Presenter: Zoo Interpreter

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 8

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Assiniboine Park Zoo

Participant Max: 25


Sessions - 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Keynote: The Difficult Consequences of Not Being Actively Inclusive (& How to Begin to Solve That)

Presenter: Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, Ph.D., C.Psych.

A clinical and consulting psychologist, Dr. Abdulrehman is lauded as a “beguiling storyteller, gifted speaker, and subject matter expert on inclusion and diversity,” as well as “an emerging force on leadership and cultural diversity,” Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman has a well-honed ability to catalyze insight-oriented change through powerful storytelling and practical psychology that sticks with people.

A Canadian of Zanzibari descent, Dr Abdulrehman draws on his extensive professional expertise and his life as an immigrant from an ethnic, cultural and religious minority, to illustrate the necessary concepts and actions for lasting change. In addition to speaking, he coaches, consults and delivers compelling experiential learning events, all designed to create a bridge of understanding and compassion across common human experiences and activate potent human transformation.

Dr. Abdulrehman’s portfolio is vast and international, having worked with organizations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Mastercard Foundation, Kaplan and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a subject matter specialist for Google/Youtube on unconsicious bias and also a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Inclusive Work Environments. His work has been recognized by the Society of Consulting Psychology for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Consulting.

He's held numerous leadership roles within his own profession, including being a past president for the Manitoba Psychological Society and Chair of the Committee on International Relations for Psychology with the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Abdulrehman is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, has been a visiting professor at the State University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar University and Muhimbili University over the past decade where he helped teach and develop mental health programs in low resource settings. He was also a TEDx speaker on the topic of “Resolving Unconscious Bias”, and hosts a podcast, Different People, addressing the difficulty but necessary conversations on issues of racism. He is also a lover of cakes, bakeries, and is the Mandalorian to a 8-year-old Grogu.

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 290


Sessions - 1:00 PM-1:50 PM

FULL - A - Blimps, Shipwrecks and Dinosaurs...oh my! Teaching and Learning from Students with ASD

During this session we will explore what can be learned from listening to the school experiences of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder from a perspective that values their unique interests, strengths, challenges and abilities. Analyzing these descriptions adds a critical dimension to the discussion of how educational practices respond to the needs and strengths of people with ASD, and contributes towards the goal of best supporting their learning and development within the context of the school environment. Target audience: K-12 teachers, K-12 support staff

Presenter: Karen Hiscott

Suitable for: K-12

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


FULL - A - Creating Your Retirement Paycheque

Do you know how much money you need to retire comfortably and remain comfortably retired? What are your investments costing you each year – are you paying too much? Topics to include CPP, OAS, tax strategies, TRAF, RSP, RIF, LIRA, LIF, TFSA and proper beneficiary designations. Attend to create the cash flow needed for a worry-free retirement

Presenter: Paul Fust, IG Wealth Management

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


A - Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is a challenge program that inspires a global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. Each year in September, Destination Imagination, issues a new challenge in each of areas related to STEAM including; Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisation, and Social Outreach. Teams of up to 7 students form to solve a challenge and work together over the coming months to create the best solution possible. At tournament time their solutions are appraised. In doing these challenges students learn to collaborate together, not only solving the set challenge, but also the myriad of problems that arise along the way. Students learn to communicate with one another in a productive, effective manner. They develop resilience along with many technical skills, learn to look at challenges from many perspectives and learn how to think creatively and critically about the obstacles they encounter and potential solutions.

Presenters: Shauna Cornwell & Murray Mandzuk

Suitable for: Grades 3 -12

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


A - Ed Tech Strategies (9 spots remaining)

Learn some new tools and resources to help you incorporate simple, but effective educational technologies into your teaching and learning environment. This session will focus on technology strategies and ideas to help support learning for early and middle years classroom teachers.

Presenter: Alvin Gross

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 8

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


A - Essential Questions: Understanding and Designing EQs Across the Curriculum

This session will provide educators with an introduction to essential questions (EQs). Participants will be guided through the different types, purposes, rationale, 7 defining characteristics, and examples. Time will be provided to collectively workshop ideas brought to the session by participants (e.g., grade 3 science unit on plants). This session will be suitable for educators of all grade levels and subjects, as well as teacher librarians and administrators.

Presenters: Christie Petersen & Ronna Joudan

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 24


FULL - A - Explore! What is Holding You Back?

Children are most engaged when they see their ideas and interests reflected in their learning. Explorations is a great way to engage, inspire, and challenge learners while weaving in their own passions and curiosities. Together, we will brainstorm ways to captivate learners and overcome the uncertainties that hold us back from offering students autonomy.

Presenter: Heather Campbell

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20


FULL - A - Meaningful Use of Technology in a Primary Math Classroom

Learn how iPad can help primary learners connect with content, demonstrate their learning, and express their understanding using text, video, photos, drawings, and audio clips. Discover ways to differentiate learning in numeracy and help students grasp challenging math concepts with support. We’ll look at open ended problems, incorporating manipulatives, and recording student reflection, as well as teacher feedback. Examples for activities involving one iPad, stations, or even a class cart will be provided.

Presenter: Apple Education Team of Presenters

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 3

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


A - Physical Theatre in the Classroom

An essential tool for any teacher. The student will learn breath, movement technique and motifs combined with joy, imagination and energy to train your body to support all acting choices.

Presenter: Ardyth Johnson

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


FULL - A - Yoga Breath & Stretch

This session will focus on working through breathing techniques and stretches to help make the current 'norm' a little more sustainable.

Presenter: Gwen VanderVeen

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


B - Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners

Join us and learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. We’ll share the built-in iPad accessibility features for having text read aloud, dictating text, streamlining online articles, and using different types of media to capture learning and feedback.

Presenter: Apple Education Team of Presenters

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 8

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


Sessions - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

FULL - PM - Zoo

Your session will include a tour of the Zoo, while your guide helps you plan the logistics (including social distancing within the Zoo) for your fieldtrip to ensure your students can get the most out of their visit. We will also highlight the amazing programs and experiences that are available to visiting school groups. *This is an outdoor session, dress for the weather.

Presenter: Zoo Interpreter

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 8

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Assiniboine Park Zoo

Participant Max: 25


Sessions - 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

FULL - B - Blimps, Shipwrecks and Dinosaurs...oh my! Teaching and Learning from Students with ASD

During this session we will explore what can be learned from listening to the school experiences of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder from a perspective that values their unique interests, strengths, challenges and abilities. Analyzing these descriptions adds a critical dimension to the discussion of how educational practices respond to the needs and strengths of people with ASD, and contributes towards the goal of best supporting their learning and development within the context of the school environment. Target audience: K-12 teachers, K-12 support staff

Presenter: Karen Hiscott

Suitable for: K-12

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


B - Destination Imagination (7 spots remaining)

Destination Imagination is a challenge program that inspires a global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. Each year in September, Destination Imagination, issues a new challenge in each of areas related to STEAM including; Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisation, and Social Outreach. Teams of up to 7 students form to solve a challenge and work together over the coming months to create the best solution possible. At tournament time their solutions are appraised. In doing these challenges students learn to collaborate together, not only solving the set challenge, but also the myriad of problems that arise along the way. Students learn to communicate with one another in a productive, effective manner. They develop resilience along with many technical skills, learn to look at challenges from many perspectives and learn how to think creatively and critically about the obstacles they encounter and potential solutions.

Presenters: Shauna Cornwell & Murray Mandzuk

Suitable for: Grades 3 -12

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


FULL - B - Ed Tech Strategies

Learn some new tools and resources to help you incorporate simple, but effective educational technologies into your teaching and learning environment. This session will focus on technology strategies and ideas to help support learning for early and middle years classroom teachers.

Presenter: Alvin Gross

Suitable for: Grades 1 - 8

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


FULL - B - Essential Questions: Understanding and Designing EQs Across the Curriculum

This session will provide educators with an introduction to essential questions (EQs). Participants will be guided through the different types, purposes, rationale, 7 defining characteristics, and examples. Time will be provided to collectively workshop ideas brought to the session by participants (e.g., grade 3 science unit on plants). This session will be suitable for educators of all grade levels and subjects, as well as teacher librarians and administrators.

Presenters: Christie Petersen & Ronna Joudan

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 24


FULL - B - Explore! What is Holding You Back?

Children are most engaged when they see their ideas and interests reflected in their learning. Explorations is a great way to engage, inspire, and challenge learners while weaving in their own passions and curiosities. Together, we will brainstorm ways to captivate learners and overcome the uncertainties that hold us back from offering students autonomy.

Presenter: Heather Campbell

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 20


B - Physical Theatre in the Classroom (2 spots remaining)

An essential tool for any teacher. The student will learn breath, movement technique and motifs combined with joy, imagination and energy to train your body to support all acting choices.

Presenter: Ardyth Johnson

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30


FULL - B - Yoga Breath & Stretch

This session will focus on working through breathing techniques and stretches to help make the current 'norm' a little more sustainable.

Presenter: Gwen VanderVeen

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 30