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Friday, December 5 - Day One - Morning

The Attributes of Tomorrow's Graduate

Keynote: Dr. Tammy Heflebower

What are the skills and schools needed for tomorrow's graduates? What trends do we see in our education, including global and information literacy? "The next generation will need additional skills-innovation, creativity, and managing knowledge as a resource. Children in our classrooms consist of a population both older and more diverse than our population of past years. These learners will have more interactions with differing cultures, languages and religions than ever before" (Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans, 2010). Dr. Tammy Heflebower will help explore some educational structures and considerations necessary to help foster engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and the Alberta entrpreneurial spirit.

Leaders of Learning

Dr. Phil Warrick

Embarking on the journey to meet the vision for Alberta schools in 2030 will require transformational leadership. In order to cultivate schools that develop engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and an entrepreneurial spirit, leaders must create the conditions for those ideals to thrive in their schools. This session will engage participants in an exploration of research-based practices for leading schools as learning organizations in the 21st Century.

Supporting Beginning Teachers

Dr. Tina Boogren

Effectively supporting beginning teachers is crucial for both retention and developing expertise in relation to student achievement. During this session, Dr. Tina Boogren will guide leaders in acquiring specific strategies to provide essential physical, emotional, instructional, and institutional support for beginning teachers in order to ensure that all students are inspired to achieve success and fulfillment as engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Teaching with a Common Language of Instruction

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom, is more of an art. In this session participants will learn an instructional framework (The Art & Science of Teaching) centered around design questions that represent a logical planning sequence for successful instructional design. This interactive session will develop participants’ knowledge and skills, so they can achieve that dynamic fusion of art and science that results in exceptional teaching and outstanding student achievement. This framework connects teachers in a coherent and comprehensive approach to instruction, including elements for problem-solving and decision-making.

Enhancing Building Numeracy and Literacy with Technology

Mr. Sonny Magaña

Numerous studies have strengthened the argument of causation between literacy and numeracy and student achievement. Being literate in the 21st Century, however, means going beyond the basic skills of reading, writing and solving simple arithmetic problems to acquiring, creating, connecting and understanding information (Alberta Framework for Student Learning, 2011). Cloud-based technologies can be used to support tracking, and even accelerating, students’ progress on new Alberta literacy and numeracy benchmarks. This session will provide suggestions for how educational technologies can enhance that outcome by helping students become highly reflective curators of their digital knowledge artifacts.

Friday, December 5 - Day One - Afternoon

Why Are We Building the Educated Albertan for 2030?

Keynote: Mr. Sonny Magaña

Children born in the 21st Century will not only experience unprecedented change at an unprecedented speed, but they will also be more globally connected than any previous generation on earth. Establishing and executing an educational vision for the third decade of the Third Millennium requires grappling with fundamental questions and challenging entrenched assumptions about knowledge, culture, communication and leadership as well as learning and teaching. In this interactive keynote, educator and author Sonny Magaña will help explore some of the questions and assumptions that underpin a rationale for developing capable, engaged thinkers who are globally interdependent ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Role of Climate and Culture to Create Schools for Tomorrow

Dr. Phil Warrick

A school’s climate and culture are gatekeepers for change in the 21st Century learning environment. School leaders, which include teacher leaders, have a direct influence on both. This session will address the relationship between climate and culture and look at specific elements of educational leadership practice as it relates to administrators, teacher leaders, and the implementation of the Alberta Framework for Student Learning.

Building Academc Vocabulary

Dr. Tina Boogren

Learn why insufficient background knowledge is a chronic cause of low achievement and discover how a carefully structured six-step process for teaching vocabulary can rescue low achievers and boost the academic performance of all students. Ensuring that all students have the essential background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to achieve in the classroom ensures equitable access, a guiding principle for all educators in Alberta.

Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Skills

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

As the 21st Century unfolds, the pace of change in the world is accelerating. A combination of cognitive skills (skills students will need to succeed academically) and conative skills (skills students will need to succeed interpersonally) is necessary for the 21st Century. This interactive session will provide clear and practical instruction and assessment ideas based on these skills. This session highlights teaching critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.

Transformational Use of Technology

Mr. Sonny Magaña

The disruptive impact of digital resources, media and technology has transformed nearly all forms of human endeavour. The realization of this "digital promise" for disrupting and transforming classroom practices is predicated upon the ability to harness educational technology tools to unleash students’ voices and their collaborative and contributive learning potential. This session will provide a developmental construct for re-framing the use of educational technology into domains of educational transformation. This session highlights research, innovation, student-centered learning, and shared ownership (co-investment) in learning.


Saturday, December 6 - Day Two - Morning

Teacher Components That Create the Future

Keynote: Dr. Tina Boogren

For classrooms and schools to be truly effective, educators must examine every component of the teaching process with equal resolve. These components include the seven guiding principles: (1) learner-centered, (2) shared responsibility and accountability for results, (3) engaged communities, (4) inclusive and equitable access, (5) responsive and flexible approach, (6) sustainable and efficient use of resources and (7) innovation to promote and strive for excellence. In this keynote, Dr. Tina Boogren will help participants learn how to approach these guiding principals through utilizing research-based classroom strategies, reflecting on teaching practices, engaging and motivating students, utilizing teacher evaluation to increase expertise, and incorporating technology in meaningful ways.

Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference

Dr. Phil Warrick

School and teacher leaders will explore interrelated aspects of professional practice for an effective teacher evaluation system that is focused on growing teachers’ skills as 21st Century educators. This session will look at the critical relationship between evaluation, teacher self-reflection, instructional coaching, and collaborative staff structures that cultivate effective, instructional practice across an entire school.

The Highly Engaged Classroom

Dr. Tina Boogren

Novice and veteran educators alike are continually challenged with the goal of keeping students engaged and we know that student engagement happens as a result of a teacher’s careful planning and execution of specific strategies. In this highly interactive session, participants will learn specific strategies in each of the four areas of engagement: student emotions (How do I feel?), student interest (Am I interested?), student perceptions of importance (Is this important?), and student perceptions of efficacy (Can I do this?) in order to create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm, not the exception. This session addresses the guiding principles of learner-centered classrooms, engaged communities, and a responsive and flexible approach to teaching.

Becoming a Reflective Teacher

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Just as successful athletes must identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and engage in focused practice to meet their goals, so must teachers. Learn how to combine a model of effective instruction with goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, and observations to improve your instructional practices. During this session we will reference a self-audit to determine your level of competence for each of the 41 elements of effective teaching. This session highlights the importance of teacher reflection and collaboration, and addressees the guiding principles of engaged communities, and a responsive and flexible approach to teaching.

Enhancing the Art and Science of Teaching with Technology

Mr. Sonny Magaña

As we progress into the 21st Century, educational technology tools are becoming an essential component of effective knowledge generation and sharing. This highly interactive session will focus on strategies to reliably accelerate student engagement and academic achievement by leveraging classroom technologies to enhance the Art and Science of Teaching instructional framework. This session highlights research and innovation, access, infrastructure and digital learning environments, student-centered learning, and developing creativity, critical thinking and contribution.


Saturday, December 6 - Day Two - Afternoon

Leading a High Reliability School

Keynote: Dr. Phil Warrick

Using the Marzano High Reliability Schools Model, leaders will explore research-based indicators of practice that can guide their strategic planning and decision-making in the development of High Reliability Schools that are positioned to pursue the vision for Alberta schools and students for the year 2030.

Finding Your Leadership Compass

Dr. Phil Warrick

Dr. Warrick will share seven habits for transformational school leadership. You’ll explore specific aspects of leadership and how they connect directly to research.

Coaching Classroom Instruction

Dr. Tina Boogren

This session will introduce approaches for boosting professional growth for teachers through instructional coaching. Participants will examine various ways schools and districts can provide coaching to teachers and how coaches can provide targeted feedback to teachers, empowering them to identify how they can improve their own knowledge and skills. This session addresses the value of excellence where coaches help teachers to achieve high standards.

Teaching Argumentation: Activities and Games for the Classroom

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

In this session, learn how to infuse the skills of argumentation which include: the ability to analyze arguments, present claims, construct support, explain relationships between argument elements, identify errors in reasoning, and evaluate rhetoric. You will learn how to reinforce these skills through fun and engaging activities, while obtaining examples, templates, and other useful resources to enhance students’ abilities to critically think and develop creativity and innovation.

Enhancing Questioning Sequences in the Classroom with Technology

Mr. Sonny Magaña

In this session, learn how to use polling technologies to elicit higher-order thinking from students through questioning sequences. Research indicates that the intentional use of targeted questions in a coordinated sequence is an effective way to prompt the discovery of new information and deepen student learning. Questioning sequences lead students through the process of making an authentic claim and supporting it with evidence. This session highlights research and innovation, digital learning environments, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.