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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Larry TomiyamaLarry Tomiyama recently (June 2017) retired from the Calgary Catholic School District after a 32 year career. The last 8 years of his career was dedicated to working with students, teachers, administrators and parents of students with diverse needs.

From 2015-2017 Larry was the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School. This school was created to educate the most vulnerable, complex and behavioral children in the district.

After these two years believed that God put him on this journey to now share how the model of working with this profile of student transformed these youth into kids who finally believe they can be successful.

Larry currently shares this information by teaching in the Education faculty at St. Mary's University, consulting for a number of school boards and speaking to groups of people who work with ""at risk"" and traumatized students.

He takes the philosophy of, ""If kids could do better they would"". Everyone has parts of their story that has wounded their souls. We need to be part of the solution to heal these wounds.
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Building a Culture Based on Extraordinary RespectParticipants will benefit from Larry Tomiyama's 32 years as a teacher, administrator, central office supervisor. He will pass on how his mistakes and disappointments all became learning opportunities and invitations to deepen his relationship with God. Come find out how, "Extraordinary Respect" became the vehicle that drove initiative into school culture.LeadershipAdministratorsTBDIn order to build school culture, leaders need to have a clear vision on what that looks like for students, staff and the school community. This presentation has evolved over a period of 20 years of being a school leader. The concept of "extraordinary respect" provided a lens to filter and focus as the vision became more clear. Participants will receive a template on one way that has helped me support a number of schools in the Calgary Catholic School District.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Roger Grant and Ken DeWynKen has over 25 years experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. His leadership has been applied to the areas of fundraising, strategic planning, senior management and communications; he was also certified as a business coach. He is the former Director of Communications and Marketing for Trinity Christian College, and Director of Advancement for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where he successfully completed a $13 million comprehensive campaign. For 10 years he managed operations for several commercial aviation companies in Calgary before returning to the not for profit sector. He is currently the Executive Director for the Calgary Society for Christian Education, which, in partnership with the Palliser Regional School District, operates Calgary Christian School, an alternative public school serving 850 students and their families in programs Pre-K to grade 12.


Roger is a veteran branding consultant and professional speaker. Over the past 20 years he has developed compelling Brand Stories for a wide range of companies and organizations.Roger is the Chief Brand Strategist and President of Identicor Marketing Inc., a Calgary-based
firm that specializes in creating brand identities, marketing strategies and company and product names. A former journalist and radio newscaster, Roger is an accomplished and engaging presenter.
He holds national standing with CAPS, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers He is also the father of two children being educated at a Christian school.
Building Your School Story: Why It's Vital and How to Do ItEvery school has a story. In fact, every school is filled with stories – many stories, coming from many different story tellers.
But most schools have a missing piece. They’re stuck in a narrative void. They are without a central, core story that unites the many voices into a single message. They lack a step-by-step story framework that makes it easy to present the value they provide. Without this core story they struggle to engage stakeholders. Their strengths go undiscovered and their contributions underappreciated.
This session focuses on how to leverage the power of story in reaching out to students, parents and the community – in person, on school websites and through social media.
Based on direct experience with Christian schools, it explains how to gather input from diverse audiences and harmonize all the content into an authentic core story. It outlines a proven story structure that invites readers on a journey of discovery and lets you showcase what your school is all about.
Your core story is a vital element in building your school Brand.
Participants will learn:
• Why having a core story is vital in introducing any school to parents of prospective students
• How creating a core story can strengthen and focus school culture
• How to and leverage student and teacher stories in presenting your bigger school story
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Ron deVriesRon has been working to strengthen youth ministry in the CRC for more than 20 years. As Youth Ministry Catalyzer for the CRC, his work focuses on supporting and equipping the denomination’s youth leaders. Read more about Ron in this CRC News article and this interview. Ron is also FFM’s Regional Catalyzer for Alberta, and serves as Canadian SERVE director for Youth Unlimited. Ron can help your church with strengthening faith formation with teens and youth, reaching today's young people, connecting with Classis Youth Ministry Champions, and more.Faith Formation and ServiceIn this session, we will look at how, when and where Faith Formation takes place in the lives of teens. Participants will also look at the impact of serving in mission can stimulate revealing moments of Gospel truths.Youth Culture, Faith FormationEducational Assistants, General, Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)Participants with look at Faith Formation language, Youth culture and service for the Kingdom.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Jason ZackowskiJason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS. He has partnered in the past with 106.7 the Drive to entertain the public with science, delivers high octane Science Assemblies around Central Alberta and has a Bernese Mountain Dog that will be more popular than he will ever be!

Check out Zed Science on Facebook, Instagram or 106.7 The Drive for Extreme Science Videos!
Or go awwwwwww and check out his doggo, Bunsen Berner on Instagram.
Get Your Students Engaged in Science....with FIRE!!If you teach middle school or high school (or even Elementary!) sciences and you want a way to jazz up your lesson, look no further! Jason Zackowski will go through a step-by-step method to safely show off some explosive science demonstrations guaranteed to get your class engaged in science! The session will explain, on a scale of difficulty, how hard it is to set up each demonstration as well as the safety factors to keep in mind. Each demo usually has a bigger and more insane version that Jason will show too! ScienceDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDTeachers will learn 3-4 hands on experiments that they can take back to their middle school or high school to engage students immediately.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Colette HayesColette Hayes served in different capacities during her 18 year term at Covenant Christian School in Leduc, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, and school counsellor. She recently completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and the steps required to become a Registered Psychologist. Colette is currently operating a private practice in Leduc. How to Actually Help Fearful KidsWhen anxiety escalates, we just want to make things better. Unfortunately, when we offer help in traditional ways, we unknowingly reinforce worry and avoidance. This session will show you the difference between supports that help and those that hinder. You will leave with a solid understanding of how to partner with your anxious kids in an action-based plan for change!Wellness, AnxietyDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Educational Assistants, GeneralTBDParticipants will be introduced to a very practical, very unconventional approach for dealing with anxiety that works for any age.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Rod SnaterseRod is currently serving as an educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. He teaches caregiver sessions and leads teacher professional development. He holds a Bachelor of Education, a master’s and doctoral degree in theology, leadership and faith formation, and is currently working on a Master of Education with a specialization in Adult, Community and Higher Education. In addition to his 21 years as a Christian school educator, he has served for 20 years in church ministry, and is affiliated faculty at Taylor Seminary serving as Professor of Christian Worship. Most recently, Rod served on the Edmonton Christian School K-9 Bible Curriculum Committee—a committee charged with redesigning Bible instruction that is centred on the principles of faith formation and Biblical storyline. K-9 Bible Redesign: Getting Serious About Faith FormationRod will introduce a new professional development resource—a K-9 “Bible Redesign Journey” centred on the principles of faith formation and Biblical storyline. Be inspired by the vision of this project, and experience some of the essential questions, learning activities and resources that are helping reshape K-9 Bible classes.K-9 BibleDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), AdministratorsTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of how the principles of faith formation and Biblical storyline can improve teaching and learning in Bible classrooms.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Codi L. Kreil9 years of teaching experience as an elementary and middle school teacher. Passionate about relationships, community, the arts, and of course, kids. Love Languages and PersonalityWant to foster more positive learning environments? Want to motivate kids to learn? Want to have healthier more vibrant relationships both in your classroom and beyond? Come discover the many ways we love, attach and show our “true colours”! Health, RelationshipsDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBDParticipants will leave knowing how to use love languages/personality assessment to foster relationship and positive learning environments. They will also leave learning more about themselves and about meaningful relationships beyond the classroom.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Del LomsnesDel received his Bachelor of Science of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently the Health, Wellness and Physical Education Coordinator for Red Deer Public Schools. He also teaches physical education at Fairview School, which is the district's ESL school. He has taught for physical education for over 30 years in grades K - 12. Del is a past president and award recipient of the Health and Physical Education Council of Alberta. He received the physical education teacher of the year award in 2005 for the province of Alberta from PHE Canada. He continues to be actively involved in physical education and literacy at a local, provincial, and national level.Physical Literacy in the ClassroomThe gym is booked for other events! What will you do for your indoor classroom physical education class. Come to this session and experience a wide variety of activities to build physical literacy in your students. These activities can be done for a whole class or for body breaks during the day to enhance learning. You will leave with ideas you can put into practice tomorrowPhysical EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational Assistants, GeneralTBDPhysical Literacy is defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” In RDPSD schools we are focusing on developing fundamental movement skills, fitness skills, living skills, and active participation in all of our students. We are endeavoring to develop a solid foundation in physical literacy so our students will choose to remain active throughout their life. Physical literacy is not a destination but a journey over a life span. Our students will develop skills at their own individual rates as they progress along the physical literacy continuum. Physical literacy constantly adjusts and adapts to changes within a lifetime.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Klaaske DeKoningI am recently retired from 35 years teaching at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer, Sarnia Christian School in Ontario, and Toronto District Christian High. I've taught English and Social Studies from grades 6-12, with my most recent years in middle school. Writing and literature is my passion and I am now thoroughly enjoying writing poetry and sharing it with my Scribbler's Corner writing group. Poetry Writing Because Words MatterWords matter! The right words can speak a new world into being and build and connect community. Students need great examples, helpful exercises, and creative structures to help them enjoy writing poetry. This session will help you get started or continue on your writing journey with students to help them write boldly about important things.Language ArtsDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will receive and work with resources to help their students write meaningful and powerful poetry that can express their faith journeys.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Brian St. GermainI am a teacher for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Services with Red Deer Public Schools and have been a a teacher for over 38 years. I am Cree and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. Within our program, I present to students in all grades and teachers through out the district on FNMI history, cultural teachings, residential schools, intergenerational trauma and many other topics. Residential Schools and Intergenerational TraumaThis presentation will educate and bring awareness and understanding about Canada's 150-year history of residential schools and their profound, lasting effects on Indigenous families and communities. A powerful video story of a residential school survivor will enhance the presentation.First Nations, Metis, Inuit, TreatiesGeneralTBDParticipants will become aware of the legacy of the Residential Schools and their significance to the relationship between the Indigenous people and non- Indigenous people of Canada.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Gateway Admin TeamChris Kooman and Teresa TatarynSPRINTLast year Gateway teachers started "sprinting" one hour each week with their grade teams. What is a sprint? The idea comes from Simon Breakspear's work around Agile Schools with the intention of developing teacher capacity while ultimately impacting student learning. Come to hear about Gateway's journey of implementing sprints and the impact it has had on developing instructional leadership in their admin team, collective responsibility within their staff, collaboration and efficacy in teachers and in the end, student learning.School WideDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBD
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Cathy Mottus-LandryI currently work as a Student Services Coordinator, focusing on providing behavioural supports in Red Deer Public Schools. I have over 20 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in a number of capacities. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in the Correctional Services field supporting youth with severe emotional and behavioural disabiltiies. Moving forward into Education, I have served as an Elementary Generalist teacher, ESL teacher, and Early Learning Lead Teacher before moving into my role as a Coordinator. Lastly, I am a mom to an amazing 8 year old son and our family enjoys travelling to explore this wonderful country, as much as we can.Supporting Students with ASD in Inclusive ClassroomsThis session will help build an understanding of the complexities of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specific strategies to support behaviour, communication, and sensory needs will be discussed.Inclusive EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Educational AssistantsTBDParticipants will leave this session with an understanding of the challenges that students with ASD face in our classrooms and how we can best support them.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Jason MolineJason is currently a Learning Coordinator with Red Deer Public School District. He has previously served as a Guidance Counselor, Learning Coach and school administrator. Jason believes that everyone can learn and we all must seize the the opportunity everyday to make an impact in the lives of our students.We Used to Smoke on Airplanes! So Why Do We Still Assess the Way They Did Back Then Too?Join Jason for a fun, informative session examining how assessment practices can change the relationship between students and teachers for the better. Examine how to be on the same side as your students and get out of the "gotcha" mentality they may feel towards your assessments.AssessmentGeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of effective practices in assessment and how assessment practices can be a huge part of creating a learning environment where students’ focus is on student collaboration not competition.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Robin PawlakRobin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher for 31 years in Red Deer, the last 14 of those at Gateway Christian. The majority of his experience was with grades 4-9, and one subject he taught every single year was Language Arts. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the much (much, much) quieter life of a writer. He also sneaks out of his office as often as possible to venture back into schools to get some inspiration from some of his favourite people—his young readers.What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around“I don’t know what to write.” Have you ever heard that in your classroom? When it comes to writing, so many students (and adults!) get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to use the simple four-word question that defeats writers’ block every time. You’ll leave with an outline of a simple approach that will not only get your students unstuck when it comes to writing, but teach them plot structure at the same time. The benefits will extend beyond writing to reading comprehension, making this an excellent all-around literacy booster for your classroom. Language ArtsDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will leave ready to implement a strategy that will both help their students get "unstuck" when it comes to writing, and deepen their understanding of story structure.
Note: This session goes in-depth with one of the strategies that will be identified in one of my other sessions, "How to Get Your Students Writing". I've set these up in such a way that participants could attend either session, or both.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Jojo RubaJojo Ruba is the executive director of Faith Beyond Belief. Faith Beyond Belief equips effective ambassadors for Christ for everyday conversations.

Jojo focuses on practical ways to defend the faith. He teaches Christians how to explain their worldview using tools that others can understand. For example, he helps audiences think of the right questions to ask non-believers not just the right answers they ought to give.

Jojo speaks at venues across Canada including at Sunday morning services, secular debates on universities and morning chapels at Christian schools.

Jojo earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is based in Calgary, AB, Canada.
What is Identity?What is an Identity? In this session, we’ll examine what is an identity and what determines identity. We’ll talk about what are legitimate ways to identify and how do we deal with the idea that we have multiple identities. For example, what happens when your national identity conflicts with your faith identity or your gender and racial loyalties are in conflict?Sexuality, Christian ApologeticsGeneral, Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBDThese sessions on sexuality equip educators and others to provide good reasons for the biblical view of sexuality and to trust that God's commands are loving and good for us.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm]Jake WiensI was a Christian School Teacher for 21 years. I was the teacher Sponsor for many of the High School Missions trips (YWAM).
I have a BA in Theology, a year at Regent, a short term in Germany as a church planter.
My passion is to help our young people develop deeper faith roots. Too many are leaving the faith after they leave our Christian Schools and youth groups.
Why Apologetics is Not EnoughThe growing emphasis of Apologetics is good but insufficient for validating our Christian Faith. Our arguments are as convincing to us as an atheists' arguments are to them. How do we validate our or anyone's foundational faith assumptions?BibleAdministrators, GeneralParticipants will understand that at root every religion, as well as Atheism, lie foundational faith assumptions. It is these faith assumptions that are more foundational than any of our arguments. A simple strategy will be presented to validate these foundational faith assumptions
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 18 [11:00am-12:00pm], Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Lorna HewsonLorna Hewson is an award-winning educator with experience at the classroom and district level, including district leadership in the area of inclusive learning. A past recipient of the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award, Lorna’s past divisional experiences have focused upon learning support and inclusion, effective assessment and grading practices, pyramid of interventions development, curriculum implementation, coaching and mentoring teachers and inclusive practices at the classroom, school and divisional level. She is the co-founder of Jigsaw Learning, a co-author of the text Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model, and currently works with districts and schools across the province establishing Collaborative Response Model frameworks. Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model: Supporting ALL Students (2 Hour Session)It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. Come learn about a Collaborative Response Model, a school framework that values collaborative, action focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely intervention to ensure all students can experience success. Come learn how school administration and inclusive learning support leadership teams establish school-wide structures to ensure support for every student in our schools and across our districts. Numerous Alberta school and district examples, as well as access to a myriad of resources will be provided.LeadershipAdministrators, GeneralTBDThis session will review the essential components necessary for schools/districts when developing comprehensive systems of supports through structured collaborative processes. It will reinforce the value placed on teacher professional expertise and need to work together to support diverse student needs. This is a model established in numerous districts and schools across the province. Participants will also have opportunities to engage in a professional network following the session and have access to a large collection of templates, documents and a huge variety of samples from schools across the province. See jigsawlearning.ca for further details or to view districts/schools where this work is currently happening.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Roger Grant and Ken DeWynKen has over 25 years experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. His leadership has been applied to the areas of fundraising, strategic planning, senior management and communications; he was also certified as a business coach. He is the former Director of Communications and Marketing for Trinity Christian College, and Director of Advancement for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where he successfully completed a $13 million comprehensive campaign. For 10 years he managed operations for several commercial aviation companies in Calgary before returning to the not for profit sector. He is currently the Executive Director for the Calgary Society for Christian Education, which, in partnership with the Palliser Regional School District, operates Calgary Christian School, an alternative public school serving 850 students and their families in programs Pre-K to grade 12.


Roger is a veteran branding consultant and professional speaker. Over the past 20 years he has developed compelling Brand Stories for a wide range of companies and organizations.Roger is the Chief Brand Strategist and President of Identicor Marketing Inc., a Calgary-based
firm that specializes in creating brand identities, marketing strategies and company and product names. A former journalist and radio newscaster, Roger is an accomplished and engaging presenter.
He holds national standing with CAPS, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers He is also the father of two children being educated at a Christian school.
Branding a Christian School: CCS Case StudyWe live in an era of hyper communication and nanosecond attention spans.
Every organization, whether it’s a business or a Christian school, needs to quickly grab the attention of its prime audience. It needs to explain in just a few words why it matters and why potential “customers” should engage. Every organization needs a clear and compelling Brand.
This session delves into the dynamics of branding a Christian school and will explore:
• Why every Christian School needs to develop a proactive Brand Story
• The benefits and demands of Branding
• How to ensure you capture and communicate your authentic Brand voice
• The Roadmap to create an appealing, authentic, proactive Brand
The session will walk through the rebranding case study of Calgary Christian School (CCS). The comprehensive rebranding process began last fall. It culminated this spring with the introduction of a new Logo, Tagline, Brand Story and Values Statement. The Consultant and Executive Director who led the project will share key insights and lessons.
• Strategic objectives
• Research activities to involve students, parents, staff and alumni
• Harmonizing input from different voices
• Winning stakeholder buy-in
This session will give you valuable insight into how to Brand your school.
Participants will learn why it is vital for a Christian school to develop a proactive Brand Story. They will gain a deeper understanding of Brand messaging and the process to create an appealing and authentic Brand Story. They will learn the firsthand rebranding experience of Calgary Christian School.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Del LomsnesDel received his Bachelor of Science of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently the Health, Wellness and Physical Education Coordinator for Red Deer Public Schools. He also teaches physical education at Fairview School, which is the district's ESL school. He has taught for physical education for over 30 years in grades K - 12. Del is a past president and award recipient of the Health and Physical Education Council of Alberta. He received the physical education teacher of the year award in 2005 for the province of Alberta from PHE Canada. He continues to be actively involved in physical education and literacy at a local, provincial, and national level.Developing Physical LiteracyThis session will give you some hands on ideas on how to develop a variety of fundamental movement skills in our youth. These activities will be easy to implement and are highly effective. Come and participate in this active session to learn a variety of activities to help develop a broad spectrum of physical literacy skills with minimal equipment and time.Physical EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Administrators, Educational Assistants, GeneralPhysical Literacy is defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” In RDPSD schools we are focusing on developing fundamental movement skills, fitness skills, living skills, and active participation in all of our students. We are endeavouring to develop a solid foundation in physical literacy so our students will choose to remain active throughout their life. Physical literacy is not a destination but a journey over a life span. Our students will develop skills at their own individual rates as they progress along the physical literacy continuum. Physical literacy constantly adjusts and adapts to changes within a lifetime.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Jason ZackowskiJason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS. He has partnered in the past with 106.7 the Drive to entertain the public with science, delivers high octane Science Assemblies around Central Alberta and has a Bernese Mountain Dog that will be more popular than he will ever be!

Check out Zed Science on Facebook, Instagram or 106.7 The Drive for Extreme Science Videos!
Or go awwwwwww and check out his doggo, Bunsen Berner on Instagram.
Engaging Science Activities for Any ClassroomThis session will go through a handful of science activities that can be used at any level of science and with products and supplies that won't break the bank. Each experiment or reaction will be a hit with your audience and a clear, step by step procedure will help you do it your own way!
All you need is a little bit of glue gun glue, a willingness to let kids build and experiment and a love for science! Come build some stuff that you can use on Monday! There is one experiment that will be repeated from the session in the morning, but don't worry...you'll probably want to try it again!
SCIENCE RULES!
ScienceDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDTeachers will learn 3-4 easy to prepare, exciting experiments that will bring up the wow factor in any Science classroom.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Rachel ReynoldsMy first experiences in teaching were in my late teens and early twenties overseas in Thailand and then the Democratic Republic of Congo. They stirred a passion for sharing what I had learned with others. I then returned home to pursue a secondary teaching degree at the University of Alberta. I have been blessed to be teaching, in the 10 years since that time, at Edmonton Christian Schools. I have experience with regular classroom instruction for most Jr. High courses and am currently relishing in my role working K-9 with ELLs. I have also had the pleasure of working with ELLs in High school as well. I am passionate about learning and teaching languages in order to enhance the unity of the body of Christ as we strengthen one another through sharing the stories of God's faithfulness in our lives.ESL in a Christian School, How Are We Different? As Christian teachers we're asked to answer the question, how is what I do different in light of the gospel? Working with ELLs is no exception. With an increase of English Language Learners in our schools, how is our approach any different than any other school? Come prepared to explore this question and share your thoughts. Let's share some best practices and some challenges together.ESL, ELLDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational Assistants, GeneralTBDParticipants will discuss and explore and question the idea of how our approach to ELLs is any different in a Christian school.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Rod SnaterseRod is currently serving as an educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. He teaches caregiver sessions and leads teacher professional development. He holds a Bachelor of Education, a master’s and doctoral degree in theology, leadership and faith formation, and is currently working on a Master of Education with a specialization in Adult, Community and Higher Education. In addition to his 21 years as a Christian school educator, he has served for 20 years in church ministry, and is affiliated faculty at Taylor Seminary serving as Professor of Christian Worship. Most recently, Rod served on the Edmonton Christian School K-9 Bible Curriculum Committee—a committee charged with redesigning Bible instruction that is centred on the principles of faith formation and Biblical storyline. Faith Formation, Education and Worship: Communal Practices for Christian Schools“Teaching for Transformation” bears the most fruit in communities that willingly blur the lines between faith formation, education, and worship. Rod will emphasize key principles of spiritual formation and explore practical ways to design communal worship experiences that are habit-forming, love-shaping, and kingdom-building.Worship, Faith Formation, Teaching for TransformationGeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of the formative power of communal practices that are rooted in the Story of God.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Jojo RubaJojo Ruba is the executive director of Faith Beyond Belief. Faith Beyond Belief equips effective ambassadors for Christ for everyday conversations.

Jojo focuses on practical ways to defend the faith. He teaches Christians how to explain their worldview using tools that others can understand. For example, he helps audiences think of the right questions to ask non-believers not just the right answers they ought to give.

Jojo speaks at venues across Canada including at Sunday morning services, secular debates on universities and morning chapels at Christian schools.

Jojo earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is based in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Finding a Better IdentityWhy Talk about Sex, Sexuality and Gender? In this session, we discuss with participants why many people seem so focused on sex and sexuality. We’ll discuss what kind of values the culture teaches about sex and how the biblical worldview of sex provides a better understanding of God’s design for our sexualities and identities.Sexuality, Christian ApologeticsAdministrators, Educational Assistants, GeneralTBDThe talk(s) are about how Christian educators and teachers can cover LGBT issues from a Christian perspective. The presentations show how we must never compromise the biblical worldview as it provides the best and most loving identity, one found in Christ.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Robin PawlakRobin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher for 31 years in Red Deer, the last 14 of those at Gateway Christian. The majority of his experience was with grades 4-9, and one subject he taught every single year was Language Arts. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the much (much, much) quieter life of a writer. He also sneaks out of his office as often as possible to venture back into schools to get some inspiration from some of his favourite people—his young readers.How to Get Your Students WritingOnce upon a time, there was a teacher named Jamie who would begin each day saying, “Hip, hip hooray! I get to go mould young minds today!” But then came LA class, and Jamie’s heart would sink. “Woe is me!” Jamie would lament. “So many of my students hate writing. I can’t even get them started; they just sit and stare at their paper. If only there was a former teacher who is now an author who could help me.” Good news, Jamie: There is. In this session, he will share all kinds of ideas—from his previous life as an LA teacher—that got his students going and helped them develop their understanding of how stories are built.Language ArtsDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will leave with numerous strategies that will both help their students get "unstuck" when it comes to writing, and deepen their understanding of story structure.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Michael McCorquindaleI have taught at Gateway Christian School for the past 7 years and recently completed my Master's of Education Degree with a focus on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and School Wide Program Implementations.

My wife and I are currently expecting our first child and looking forward to the adventures the new addition will bring to our lives.
Implementing a School Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS) SystemAn introduction on the benefits of implementing a School Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS) system. We will examine the positive impact this idea can have on student success, safety and creating a culture of respect and responsibility.School BehaviourGeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of how positive reinforcement can impact their school setting using the principals of Positive Behaviour Intervention Supports (PBIS). There will be an opportunity to explore individual school communities through a Q&A portion as well.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Chris KoomanVice-Principal and teacher at Gateway Christian School, a K-12 school of 800 students in Red Deer, AB. Have taught at Gateway for 11 years from grades 6-12.Intercultural Studies - FLEx ApproachFor 8 years, Gateway has partnered with EduDeo Ministries in both the HANDS and School to School program. Travelling internationally is the culmination of a locally developed High School Program - Intercultural Studies. Creating rich learning opportunities, service projects, and FLEx opportunities will be discussed.High School, Travel, Missions, FLExDiv. 4 (Grade 10-12), AdministratorsTBDParticipants will learn about the challenges, benefits, and rich rewards when planning and participating in international travel experiences (FLEx opportunities) for high school students.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Larry TomiyamaLarry Tomiyama recently (June 2017) retired from the Calgary Catholic School District after a 32 year career. The last 8 years of his career was dedicated to working with students, teachers, administrators and parents of students with diverse needs.

From 2015-2017 Larry was the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School. This school was created to educate the most vulnerable, complex and behavioral children in the district.

After these two years believed that God put him on this journey to now share how the model of working with this profile of student transformed these youth into kids who finally believe they can be successful.

Larry currently shares this information by teaching in the Education faculty at St. Mary's University, consulting for a number of school boards and speaking to groups of people who work with ""at risk"" and traumatized students.

He takes the philosophy of, ""If kids could do better they would"". Everyone has parts of their story that has wounded their souls. We need to be part of the solution to heal these wounds.
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Lead With Your Heart So You Don't Lose Your MindDealing with difficult behaviours in a school is one of the most stressful aspects of our profession. When you take the mind set that, ""Kids would do better if they could" it allows you to take a look at their stories and create a plan to support their success as opposed to punishing their behaviours.
Come and listen to first hand experience and success that transformed students into believing that it is worth trying to be better.
Working with Diverse StudentsDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBDParticipants will receive first hand knowledge and experience about the model that transformed many complex, vulnerable and behavioural students into kids who believed they can be successful. They will be provided with a different paradigm to view these students. It starts with understanding the child's story in order to program for their needs.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Jason MolineJason is currently a Learning Coordinator with Red Deer Public School District. He has previously served as a Guidance Counselor, Learning Coach and school administrator. Jason believes that everyone can learn and we all must seize the the opportunity everyday to make an impact in the lives of our students.Management Amid the Madness, Mayhem, and MelodramaWe all know teaching is unlike any other career and building relationships and management are essential Join Jason for a fun, engaging presentation on how to survive and thrive in the classroom by embracing the absurdity. Jason will provide effective, easy, time saving tips that you can use Monday morning in your class to create the environment you and your students want.Relationships, ManagementGeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of how to build effective relationships with a student-centered focus.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Codi L. Kreil9 years of teaching experience as an elementary and middle school teacher. Passionate about relationships, community, the arts, and of course, kids. Micro-Society in the ClassroomCome check out a program that will engage your kids richly and deeply to take responsibility for their actions, meet curricular outcomes, and understand their vital role in your classroom community.Curriculum, Micro-SocietyDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Educational AssistantsTBDTo understand the benefits of the program in meeting student needs and curricular outcomes.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Barbara BarthelBarbara graduated from Calvin College with a BA in education when they still had their old logo. She’s taught a variety of grades and subjects over the years and for the last 6 years has been teaching Bible and reflecting on the curriculum. She is presently teaching part time at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer and enjoys many activities including reading, swimming, and sailing.Order and Engagement in K-6 BibleRiddled with humorous anecdotes, this session will have us reflect on our present practice teaching Bible. Then we will consider a new way of organizing the Bible curriculum using the Liturgical year. Finally we will explore the elements of this structure that might be more engaging.BibleDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6)TBDParticipants will be challenged to consider reordering their Bible program around a Liturgical year framework with the goal of increasing student engagement so that they can more effectively live their lives in the context of God's story.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Keir KutneyKeir has 30 years of experience working with youth who have severe behavioural issues in the residential, treatment, educational, and community settings. He has a wealth of experience working with kids in an assessment and treatment capacity for Mental Health, Justice, Education, and Child Welfare supported programs.
Keir has opened his home in the past to provide specialized foster care to children in need of this level of support. He has impacted the lives of hundreds of kids over the years. Keir has a keen interest in supporting families with Children who have Autism or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Keir is recognized across Alberta for his underdstanding of kids’ behaviors and his ability to provide concrete strategies to better youth with complex needs.
Understanding and Managing Self Harming BehaviourParticipants will learn about the purpose regarding self-harming behaviour and how to support these individuals.Mental HealthGeneralTBDParticipants will be informed from a mental health perspective how to support students who have self-harming behaviour.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Terry Lakey
Terry Lakey is currently working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Learning Services in Red Deer Public Schools. Prior to joining Red Deer Public Schools in 1999, he taught with Northlands School Division. Since joining Red Deer Public Schools, he has taken on several roles . As well as being a classroom teacher for years, Terry has been involved with the development of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit curriculum resources for many years. He uses the resources for his own classroom, as well as enjoys sharing his ideas with others. He has a passion for making classroom learning engaging, hands on, and covering a wide variety of learning styles.
Using Breakout EDU to Teach FNMI OutcomesParticipants will be able to participate/complete a Breakout EDU game. Discussion will follow as to opportunities to use Breakout EDU in their classroom to meet outcomes in the Program of Studies. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit curriculum content will be the focus for these games. Terry will also share how he has used them in Red Deer Public Schools to cover FNMI curriculum content.First Nations, Metis, InuitDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will explore ways to use Breakout EDU as a tool to teach First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture and history in their classroom. Breakout EDU is a great way to promote problem solving, collaboration, risk-taking, leadership, and meet cross-curricular outcomes in a movement based learning environment.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct.18 [1:00pm-2:00pm]Tyler CaptonTeacher and Instructional Design Coach at Gateway Christian School. Google for Education Certified Innovator. Coffee snob, podcast aficionado, retired amateur athlete. Family man. Lover of God and neighbour. Ty's (Rapidfire) Tech TipsIn a rapidfire presentation, Tyler will show off as many of his favourite extensions, apps, websites, hacks and online resources as possible. Bring a laptop and install, play, and bookmark throughout, or sit back and enjoy the ride!TechnologyGeneralTBDParticipants will leave this session with something practical, something inspiring, something intriguing, and something worth sharing.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Wendy DollI live in Drayton Valley with my husband and children. I have been in education for over 20 years working with children from preschool age to grade 3. I believe that good teachers find ways to think outside the box and are willing to take risks in their teaching. I am currently working on a master's degree in curriculum studies and am passionate about addressing the changing needs of education to meet the demands of the knowledge economy. A Small Group Approach to MathThe session will provide a description of small group instruction for math and how to implement it in your class. We will learn how to create a schedule, the types of activities students can participate in, and how to manage the class while instructing a small group of students.MathDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will explore what small group math instruction is and how to apply it to their teaching.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Rachel ReynoldsMy first experiences in teaching were in my late teens and early twenties overseas in Thailand and then the Democratic Republic of Congo. They stirred a passion for sharing what I had learned with others. I then returned home to pursue a secondary teaching degree at the University of Alberta. I have been blessed to be teaching, in the 10 years since that time, at Edmonton Christian Schools. I have experience with regular classroom instruction for most Jr. High courses and am currently relishing in my role working K-9 with ELLs. I have also had the pleasure of working with ELLs in High school as well. I am passionate about learning and teaching languages in order to enhance the unity of the body of Christ as we strengthen one another through sharing the stories of God's faithfulness in our lives.Academic Vocabulary Development in Grades 3-9 for All Students Including ELLSWe will use strategies that teachers can take away and apply immediately in their classrooms to begin enhancing their students’ academic vocabulary on a daily basis.Language Arts, ESL, ELLDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), GeneralTBDParticipants will learn several different strategies for enhancing students’ academic vocabulary in the classroom in an approach that can support all learners.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Peter BulthuisPeter was a teacher, VP and principal at three Christian High Schools in Ontario for almost 40 years, as well as a geography lecturer at Redeemer University in Ancaster, ON. Most recently, he was the principal for Unity Christian High School, Barrie. He retired from being a formal educator in summer of 2013, knowing that he could be used elsewhere in the kingdom.
He has always loved teaching geography, and getting to know and share the “good, the bad and the ugly” of human relationships and development. Because of that love, God first told him to volunteer on the World Renew/CRWRC board from 1992 – 2000, and has since lead him to return there as a staff person three 1/2 years ago, where he is the Associate Director of Church Relations. This position has continued to allow him to share what God is doing around the world.
Are They Educated Because We Give Them a Diploma? Mission Trips, Crisis Response and DevelopmentIn schooling, you would never ask a student to “sit down and try anyway” when they have honestly misplaced their textbook, iPad or flash drive. In education, as in any relationships, there is no such thing as “one solution to all challenges”. In education, as in local and global development, disasters and underdevelopment have different underlying causes and require different responses. This workshop will collaboratively tease apart the differences among disaster response, rehabilitation and community development. Confusing the three may be disastrous for the short-term mission-tripper and the partnering community.Social Studies, Missions, High SchoolDiv. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDParticipants will demonstrate an understanding of the differences among disaster response, rehabilitation and development and will develop legitimate responses to the three different challenges.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Jobena WesteraI have been a teacher since 1997, and have been in grade one for the last 3 years. I have a passion for teaching children to read and have them excited about coming to school.Effective Hands On LearningLet's delve deeper into how we can make hands on learning more effective throughout all curricular areas (LA, Math, etc.)Hands On LearningDiv. 1 (Grade K-3)TBDParticipants will learn more about making hands on learning effective and then share best practices as they create/refine effective hands on learning experiences together.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Keir KutneyKeir has 30 years of experience working with youth who have severe behavioural issues in the residential, treatment, educational, and community settings. He has a wealth of experience working with kids in an assessment and treatment capacity for Mental Health, Justice, Education, and Child Welfare supported programs.
Keir has opened his home in the past to provide specialized foster care to children in need of this level of support. He has impacted the lives of hundreds of kids over the years. Keir has a keen interest in supporting families with Children who have Autism or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Keir is recognized across Alberta for his underdstanding of kids’ behaviors and his ability to provide concrete strategies to better youth with complex needs.
Effects of Violence from in Utero to AdultsParticipants will develop an understanding of the impact of violence and the behavioural outcomes of growing up in violent homes.Mental HealthGeneralTBDWorkshop to discuss the effects of violence on Children and its outcomes.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Cherilyn StromI started my Education career 24 years ago at Surrey Christian School. We moved to Calgary where, as a family, we became very involved in New Hope Church. I was the Director of Children’s Ministries and Community for six years there, until our move to Red Deer. We were blessed to have had our kids be able to attend Gateway Christian School and within that first year I became a member of the Society Board. The main focus of the Society is to support the Spiritual Formation of the students of Gateway. To better do this, the job of Worship Coordinator was formed, and by the end of that year, I moved into that role, which I’ve now been doing for 5 years. This position has grown to include extra Spiritual Support for the students. I’ve always had a love for education, but more than that, I have a passion for seeing and experiencing God in every area of life. It’s so cool for me to be able to share this passion with a whole school and help others realize that we can be worshiping God in anything we do, and we can find Him anywhere we look!Going Deeper with ThroughlinesAt Gateway we wanted to immerse our community in a collective focus of one Throughline at a time. Over the past two years, we made one Throughline our mini-theme every two months. In this session come prepared to see ways we introduced the Throughlines in Worship, toolboxes we prepared for each classroom as well as numerous ideas and activities for both Worship and classroom use. The goal is that you are able to return to your schools equipped to go deeper with Throughlines.Throughlines, Teaching for TransformationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBDParticipants will be equipped with Throughline Theme ideas and activities for both Worship/Chapel and classroom use.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Geannette LehmanI am currently a Vice-Principal of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. As a former teacher and administrator at Gateway Christian School, I now have the privilege of serving as a liaison for our shared "Gurber" (Gateway / Thurber) joint High School Program as part of my administrative job description. "Gurber"Gateway Christian School, as an Alternative Program in the Red Deer Public School District, has a unique-to-the-Province shared partnership between their school and a large 4A High School.
Their partner school, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, boasts multiple programs and learning streams through offerings such as fine arts, athletics, IB programs, French Immersion Programs, CTS programs, academic streaming, congregated programming, training in the trades, Registered Apprenticeship Programs, etc. Lindsay Thurber has over 1800 students and 140+ staff members.
Come and tour the school to learn how this partnership functions and the vast opportunities provided for these shared students.
High SchoolDiv. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBDAn eye-opening opportunity, to understand the amazing possibilities a shared program can offer students.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Terri-Lynn EmmsTerri-Lynn is a passionate community builder and is always looking to deepen her understanding about building restorative and collaborative cultures within her school community. She is an alumni of The King's University (B A & B Ed) and The University of Alberta (M Ed). She currently serves as principal at Drayton Christian School in Drayton Valley Alberta. She has recently moved to a farm and is enjoying every day with her husband Kevin and their four teenage children. Helping Students Get Into and Stay In the Learning ZoneStudents can only learn when they are in a regulated state. However, many students have difficulty getting into or staying into the learning zone. In this session, we will explore some of the causes of disregulation and strategies to help students to regulate. We will touch on Zones of Regulation, Circle of Security, and connection based approaches. Disclaimer: no magic bullets will be offered. Hope: we can share strategies that have worked in our practice to help others.Emotional RegulationGeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding about how to help students move from a disregulated to a regulated emotional state.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Yvonne PrinsYvonne Prins is a grade 8 teacher at Gateway Christian School. This is her 12th year teacher. Despite being a drama major, and social studies minor in University, Yvonne's love is literature!Literature and ThroughlinesCome meet some new books (and maybe some old books)! We will look at these books with our TFT glasses on, seeing each as a new way to look at Throughlines. We will read, examine and reflect on some wonderful literature. I will have books for grades K-9. Come along and read with me!Literacy, Teaching for Transformation, Language ArtsDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), General, LibrariansTBDParticipants will build a personal list of Throughline-connected literature to bring back to their classrooms, and develop meaningful learning extension activities.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Hayley ChristenHayley Christen is a coordinator with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Services with Red Deer Public Schools. She has been an Elementary school Vice-Principal and a teacher for over 20 years. She has vast experience working with students with diverse learning needs and youth at risk. Hayley works with administrators and teachers to build staff capacity and help meet the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, creating culturally inclusive schools and classrooms. Hayley is the Central Representative for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, and she is a board member for the Red Deer Native Friendship Society.More Than Beads, Bannock and Buffalo: Meeting the Needs of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students in the ClassroomExplore strategies to create a classroom that is welcoming and culturally reflective of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in our schools. Invaluable strategies, resources, supports and information will be provided for immediate use within the classroom and the school community to further understanding and promote success for all students.First Nations, Métis and Inuit EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBDParticipants will come away with strategies to better support Indigenous students in their classrooms and schools. A deeper understanding of why we need diverse strategies to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds will be gained.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Howard Van MersbergenHoward Van Mersbergen is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. A graduate of Dordt College, he holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designations.Preparing for Adequate Retirement IncomeIn this session the amount of retirement income provided by the CSI Pension Plan and government plans will be presented. Time will also be spent discussing the benefits and features of the CSI Pension Plan as well as what must be considered in planning for adequate retirement income.Retirement, Financial PlanningGeneralTBDParticipants will gain understanding on retirement income needs and amounts available, with a focus on the CSI Pension Plan.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Colin WardColin teachers Bible, Social Studies and ELA at Covenant Christian School since 2007. Revisiting Bible Instruction for a Gen-Z World Generation Z is coming of age and disrupting many traditional approaches to education! The goal of this workshop is to examine approaches to Biblical instruction by diving past generational dependence on technology to explore issues related to student engagement, formation and the integration of a Biblical “re-formational” worldview. The workshop will focus on avoiding the “passive learner’s syndrome.” and examine social learning model that inspire redemptive and restorative practices. BibleDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), GeneralTBDParticipants will examine various topics and trends that face Biblical instruction and worldview within the context of a Gen Z classroom.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Jeremy HorlingsI have been teaching in schools for 15 years. I spent 10 years in middle school at Covenant Christian School (K-9 school in Leduc), 4 years as a Vice Principal at Gateway Christian School (K-12 school in Red Deer), and 1 year at GH Dawe School (preK-8 school in Red Deer). I came across Carol Dweck's "Mindset" as a teacher in Leduc and have been implementing Dweck's ideas as a teacher, coach, administrator and parent ever since. I currently reside in Red Deer with my wife and 4 children. Talking Mindset with StudentsI will share some of the ideas I have tried when teaching the concepts of Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset,” with students in the classroom. We will compare fixed and growth mindsets, talk about ways to make kids aware of their mindset and how they can approach their learning more often with a growth mindset.Growth MindsetGeneralTBDParticipants will gain a basic overview of the ideas in Carol Dweck's "Mindset," gain some practical teaching ideas and see how utilizing a "growth mindset" will help students develop their passions.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Tyler CaptonTeacher and Instructional Design Coach at Gateway Christian School. Google for Education Certified Innovator. Coffee snob, podcast aficionado, retired amateur athlete. Family man. Lover of God and neighbour. Teaching Students to Break the Rules and CheatAs designers of learning experiences we often unintentionally create barriers to purposeful projects, genuine creativity, and high quality work that students are proud of. Let's look at Complexity, Craftsmanship, and Authenticity in real student work and talk about how breaking the rules and cheating might be an important skill we should be teaching.Creativity, High Quality Work, ProjectsGeneralTBDThe goal of this session is to explore the ideas of authentic learning, purposeful projects, and real creativity.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Lindsay Taylor"Lindsay has been married to his wife Kathy for over 37 years. The have three adult children, one granddaughter and two grandsons. He and his wife love the local church and ministering in it.

Lindsay has had as a pastoral focus the renewal of local churches. His ministry has taken him to several churches which needed fresh direction and renewal from God. Early in his ministry he developed a passion for prayer and seeking the face of God. He has sought to introduce a new style of prayer services into the local church he pastors and they are beginning to enjoy fresh seasons of prayer in concerts and summits. He is often quoted as saying “Prayer is the most difficult thing we do.”
Over the past 37 years their ministry has taken them across Canada to serve churches that were in trouble and needed renewal. Today Lindsay serves as president of Strategic Renewal Canada with a deep desire to see churches across our land experience a heaven sent move of God. He is available to come along side your local church to coach its leaders in developing a prayer strategy as we evaluate its ministries."
Transforming Prayer This session would begin to look at the least practiced area of spiritual discipline. Prayer and how to engage in a dynamic prayer time that will help lead to radical transformation and renewal.Prayer, RevivialGeneralTBDParticipants will learn why we need to teach prayer with a process for a worship based model of Seeking His Face, along with steps that lead to transformation and renewal.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Charlene Van de KraatsI have taught for 20 years, 10 in Div. 1 and 10 in Div. 2 and 3. I am currently teaching grade one and supporting students, parents, and teachers as the Learning Support Teacher. I am passionate about literacy, numeracy and making inclusion a positive experience for everyone.Understanding FASD - Strategies for InclusionParticipants will gain an understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the common behaviour and learning patterns associated with it. We will also look at how to create a positive classroom climate and ways to meet the students' needs. Many of the strategies will also be successful for students with other learning needs.Inclusive EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, Educational AssistantsTBDParticipants will gain an understanding of FASD and the common behaviour and learning patterns associated with it. We will also look at how to create a positive classroom climate and ways to meet the students' needs.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 19 [9:30am-10:30am]Robin PawlakRobin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher for 31 years in Red Deer, the last 14 of those at Gateway Christian. The majority of his experience was with grades 4-9, and one subject he taught every single year was Language Arts. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the much (much, much) quieter life of a writer. He also sneaks out of his office as often as possible to venture back into schools to get some inspiration from some of his favourite people—his young readers.What's Your Story?Transitioning from 31 years in the teaching profession to a second career as a writer has had a profound effect on my understanding and appreciation of the significance of story and its powerful connection to everyday life. In this session we’ll dive into the unique nature of the relationship between the Author and the characters in your story. Understanding this relationship, along with the characteristics of a truly great story, can help us make sense of life’s highs and lows, and live the best version of the story that God is unfolding in our lives.Christian LifeGeneralParticipants will leave better able to live out their life story, equipped with greater insight into:
• the characteristics of a great story, and
• the unique relationship that exists between God as the author of our story, and ourselves and his characters and co-authors.
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