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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Peter HoekstraPete Hoekstra began teaching social studies at Immanuel Christian School in 1986, and moved to Lacombe in 1992 to take a position there. Although he has taught a wide variety of subjects over the years, social studies has been his primary subject area interest. He feels that the breadth of the subject presents perhaps the greatest opportunity of any academic discipline for the exploration of a Christian worldview, and consequently, the greatest challenges. Compass and Rudder: Navigating the Winds and Waves (of Social Studies)As a social studies teacher, have you ever been perplexed by the demands placed upon you to teach "Christianly"? Does the dizzying array of issues, case studies and perspectives leave you wondering if you have the what it takes to do justice to the subject area? This session will present some tools that may alleviate your frustrations and perhaps change your approach to teaching social studies and your understanding of the subject itself. Social StudiesDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators and LeadersTBDParticipants will be presented with a "transcendent framework" for addressing the problems created by a values-based, multiple perspective laden social studies curriculum.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Jessilyn SwansonJessilyn Swanson is a middle school teacher from Medicine Hat, Alberta. She is a Google Certified Educator who can usually be found listening to podcasts and drinking coffee or dreaming up new classroom designs. To collaborate, you can find her at jessilyn.swanson@sd76.ab.ca, on Instagram @swansonspace or at swansonspace.ca.EdTech SharingIn this session, you will get a quick introduction to my favourite tech tools that I use in my classroom. Then, participants will get a chance to share and try out the tools for themselves. You'll leave with ideas to try on Monday!Educational TechnologyDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDParticipants will learn about a broad variety of tech tools available and then have a chance to share their favourites with the group.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Sandra Sergeant I have been involved in Christian education for over twenty years and have a deep desire to see people develop a rich relationship with Christ through prayer and His Word. I am currently the TFT Lead Teacher for Medicine Hat Christian School and have been a faciliator for Youth Call 2 Prayer Alberta for the past eight years. FLEx and PrayerThe presenter will share different types of FLEx activities which can be incorporated into social studies or Bible as well as any prayer group. She will share a recent FLEx activity focused on the National Christian Youth Summit in Ottawa as well as local opportunities to expand students' understanding of prayer and its impact. Social Studies, Bible and Religious EducationGeneralTBD-Participants will learn how to incorporate a prayer focused FLEx into social studies. -Participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences with prayer focused FLEx or ask questions on how to get started.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Andrew WallaceAndrew is a PE/Math teacher at Edmonton Christian West School, but when not teaching will most often be found playing with his 3 kids, playing disc golf, playing spikeball, playing soccer, playing basketball, or playing a board game. Or maybe playing something else.Intro to the Amazing Game of Disc GolfDisc golf is a quickly growing sport that is easy enough that anyone can play, and challenging enough that you'll never get bored of it. It is low cost, all-season, and can be played at all ages, which is why we need to get more kids to experience the game! Learn the basics of throwing and the rules of the game and learn how you could incorporate this awesome game into your PE program.Physical Education and HealthDiv. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDParticipants will learn about the basics of disc golf to incorporate the game into the PE curriculum.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Codi KreilCodi Kreil has been a teacher for 10 years, specializing in the areas of art, music, and relationships. She is currently completing her masters in counselling psychology, and would describe herself as awkwardly charming. Passionate about bringing help and support to teachers looking to improve their mental health, as well as fostering relationships in the classroom, there is no doubt that her sessions have practical take aways for almost anyone.Mario MusicParticipants will learn about a fun and unconventional way to bring the Music curriculum to their students that is interactive, simple, and encourages performance.Fine ArtsDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), GeneralTBDParticipants will learn about a fun and unconventional way to bring the Music curriculum to their students that is interactive, simple, and encourages performance.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Dana Heshka and Tracey DriedgerDana: I am an elementary teacher at Immanuel Christian Elementary School. I have taught all subjects from K to 2. I have a passion for the workshop model and helping students feel successful in math! Tracey: I am a Grade 1 teacher at Immanuel Christian School. I have used the workshop style to teach math for 1 year and really love what it does for my students.Math WorkshopWe will start the session off by introducing you to each of the 5 elements and telling you how we supplement each station. We will have the room set up in the stations and teachers will rotate through to discover what students do at each station. Math and NumeracyDiv. 1 (Grade K-3)TBDParticipants will see the different elements of a math workshop and be introduced to Reagan Tunstalls stack math curriculum. The room will be set up in the stations and teachers will rotate through to discover what students do at each station.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Christa Haverhals and Juliana TiberioChrista: This is my first year of retirement, after being in Christian Education for 44 years! I have worked with students from Early Learning to Grade 12. I love teaching. I love Christian Education! I love my students both past and present! I have been an LST at Taber Christian for most of the past 13 years. For me, this quote by Abraham Kuyper sums up why Christian Education is vital. “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Juliana: I have taught Grade One for the past 4 years and have found greater success for my students when including a multi-sensory approach to reading, writing, and spelling. Students have been more engaged and have greater success in remembering and applying what is taught, and I am excited to share what I have learned with others.My Child Simply Isn't Catching on to Reading: A Multi-Sensory Approach (Part One)Session 1: Overview of a multisensory approach: This session will cover multi-sensory approaches to teaching students how to read/write/spell. Participants will receive anchor charts/controlled text/word lists/basic lesson plans that can be adapted to personal classroom needs. This approach that the participants will be learning, can be easily applied as soon as they get back into their classrooms. NOTE: The presenters will have binders of resources available for purchase at their session. The cost for these will be $20.00 per binder and can be paid directly to the presenters. Digital resources will not be provided.Language Arts and Literacy, Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3)TBDParticipants will learn a variety of techniques to lead the students in reading/writing/spelling. Participants will be actively involved in going through each technique covered in the presentation. Participants will hear "true life" examples of the successes of students who have struggled greatly. Participants will probably get a chuckle out of the presenters as they teach!
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Jim HallJim Hall is the director of House of Prayer Edmonton (HoPE), which is a ministry dedicated to facilitating unified, corporate and continual expressions of prayer and worship and in the Edmonton capital region. For over 20 years Jim has been actively involved in prayer and corporate intercession in Edmonton. Jim is the proud husband of Pam and together they have 2 amazing children- Rebekah and Josiah. Pathway to a Dynamic Prayer LifeAs Christians we know that prayer is important. Yet so often, despite this, we don't pray and when we do, we get distracted, or it feels that the prayers are bouncing off the ceiling. In this session, we will explore developing a more dynamic prayer life with practical tools to help engage better in prayer and using the bible to pray. Some of these tools can also be used to help students as well to pray more and be engaged more in prayer. Bible and Religious Education, Personal Faith DevelopmentGeneralTBDParticipants will develop tools for improving their personal prayer life. Participant will learn ideas for helping their students develop a personal prayer life.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Dennis GulleyDennis Gulley has been involved in non-profit leadership for 35 years in para-church, local church, denominational and educational settings in the US and Canada. Dennis holds a B.A. degree in literature from Portland State University and an M.A. in Educational Ministries from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. Dennis currently serves as the Lead Teaching Pastor of Leduc Fellowship Church and is the owner of The Porch Coaching and Consulting. Relational Integrity Through Conversational IntelligenceThis workshop, based on the groundbreaking work of Author and Organizational Anthropologist Judith E. Glaser, will present a framework for knowing which kind of conversations trigger the lower, more primitive brain and which conversations activate higher-level intelligences such as trust, integrity, empathy, and conversational agility. Conversational Intelligence is the neuroscience of conversations grounded in over 35 years of research and it will help participants develop a culture of trust and leadership with communication that connects people for collaborative results.Administrative and Leadership, Wellness and Mental Health, Relationship BuildingDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBDParticipants will discover the power of conversations in developing emotional intelligence. Participants will learn practical skills and habits to develop trust, integrity empathy and conversational agility within relationships with peers, students and parents.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Anita Veldhuisen Slomp and Elco VandergriftAnita: Anita Veldhuisen Slomp is a conflict resolution practitioner with Qualified Mediator designation and a restorative justice facilitator with 300+ hours of conflict resolution training. She mediates in workplaces including the Department of National Defense, in community mediation programs, as well as for the Civil Claims department of Alberta Justice. She coaches and instructs in a variety of settings including the ADR Institute of Alberta, the University of Alberta School of Business, and The King’s University, primarily focused on the topics of conflict resolution and restorative practices . Anita works with community groups including churches through conflict situations, change, and in improving understanding, using varied conflict resolution models including restorative practices. Anita is passionate about empowerment through increased information and skills for individuals involved in conflict. Anita studied at The King’s University College as well as Grant MacEwan University College, prior to training in conflict resolution. Elco: Prior to his "retirement" Elco worked in Christian Education (21 years as a teacher, vice principal, and principal) in BC, and Alberta, and served as Executive Director for The Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE). Over the last 2.5 years Elco has been able to serve as a Walking Together (WT) Program Co-Leader with his colleague Diane Stronks with EduDeo Ministries. Elco reports "It has been exciting and humbling to work with our partners in Zambia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Burkina Faso". His passion for restorative practices is ever growing as he realizes the potential in our local scholls and schools world wide. Elco lives in Lacombe, Alberta with his life partner, Joanne. They are blessed to have 3 wonderful daughters (Janelle, Justine, and Charissa) and are thankful that Daniel (son in-law) and Johanna (grand daughter) have joined the family.Restorative Opportunities in Our Classroom and Why BotherThis conversation will introduce attendees to restorative practices, and provide some useful practical tools to work towards a restorative classroom. Attendees can expect to experience a restorative conversation and be inspired to incorporate their learning into day to day practices. Administrative and Leadership, Wellness and Mental HealthDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators and LeadersTBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of restorative practices in the classroom.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Brian Martin After more than 30 years I am a now retired professor of Physics and Astronomy at The King's University. My research areas focus on interacting stellar star systems, science education and topics concerning Faith and Science.Scientific Integrity in an Age of Fake NewsIn this session we will explore how science can operate in a climate of "distrust" fueled by the emergence of "fake-news" and other public attacks on the nature of truth as it is used in modern science. We will also look at the valid claims that science can and cannot make.Bible and Religious Education, Language Arts and Literacy, ScienceGeneralTBDParticipants will be encouraged to explore the difference between statements that are factual and statements that are true. The truth-fact distinction as it applies to evidence based reasoning will be explored.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Rod SnaterseI am currently serving as a Mental Health Educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. I help support positive mental health in children/students by educating caregivers, classroom teachers and other school professionals. I hold a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and a two graduate degrees in theology and faith formation. In addition to my 22 years as a K-12 school teacher, I have served for over 20 years in church ministry, and I am affiliated faculty at Taylor Seminary serving as Professor of Christian Worship.Teens, Screens and Wellbeing - Implications for School ProfessionalsIn just over 10 years we have gone from the invention of the iPhone to near-saturation of internet-enabled mobile devices. As smartphones become more prevalent, a growing number of teens report being “online” on a near-constant basis. Many questions and concerns are being raised by parents, educators and healthcare professionals (and even by teens themselves). This session will explore what current research is actually saying about “screen time” and its impact on wellbeing, learning, and relationships. Through the lens of adolescent brain development, we will navigate both the opportunities and challenges of teaching a generation of students who are constantly connected.Wellness, Mental HealthDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators and Leaders, GeneralTBDParticipants will engage with current research, challenging myths and assumptions.
Participants will share their experiences related to the topic.
Participants will wrestle with the tensions that exist within the topic.
Participants will discern their role in supporting student wellbeing, learning, and social development.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Witty Sandle and Tim WoodWitty: Witty has over 30 years of experience working with young adults and students in high school and post-secondary education. She has a professional qualification in career counseling and recently graduated with a masters in spiritual formation from Portland Seminary. She is a trained spiritual director, a certified MBTI practitioner and slightly obsessed with the enneagram as a tool for personal development and growth in the service of understanding self and others. Witty works at The King’s University in the Student Life Department, has 3 children, 1 dog, and a husband who also works at King’s as a history prof. Tim: Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and has been the Campus Minister at The King's University for ten years. He is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin and holds a Masters of Divinity from Calvin Seminary. Tim was the writer and director of a grant project which studied Christian contemplative practices that has shaped much of his ministry work at King's. He also is a recently certified Enneagram teacher and looks forward to using that tool more in his work. Tim enjoys painting, wood-working, gardening, long-distance running and Wisconsin Badger basketball.The Enneagram and Staff Dynamics (Part One)Ever wondered why your colleagues think, behave and feel the way they do? Why do you seem to connect well with some and others mystify you? The enneagram provides a personality map that can not only help us understand our own behavioral patterns, but also how others are wired. This awareness can lead to: A greater appreciation of the gifts of others and and understanding of how different types see the world. More compassionate live-giving relationships. A healthier work environment. Team Work, Personal Development and GrowthGeneralTBDParticipants will understand the three triads of the nine enneagram types with their varying perspectives, core motivations and fears, and how these affect working relationships.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Charlene van de KraatsCharlene is currently the Learning Support Teacher at Covenant Christian School. In her 20+ years of teaching, she has worked with students from K-9. Charlene believes that we must use every opportunity to meet the needs of each student to help them flourish as learners. She values the strength that comes from working together as a team to impact the lives of all students.
The Laundry Basket of Inclusion: What Sorting Our Clothes Can Teach Us About Inclusion in the ClassroomA general overview and conversation about what inclusive education is and what it means in today’s classrooms.Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will grow in their understanding of what inclusive education means.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Peter RockholdPeter Rockhold is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and is a pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in Red Deer, AB. He received his Bachelors degree from Kuyper College in 2011 and M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2016.
Walking Alongside: Caring for LGBTQ2+ Christians (Part One)This session intended to give guidance in walking alongside LGBTQ2+ individuals. Attendees will learn common vocabulary, hear the experience of a celibate gay Christian, and learn to have caring conversation with LGBTQ2+ Christians.Bible and Religious EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will learn how to walk alongside LGBTQ2+ students and friends.
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Session 1 Thu. Oct. 24 [11:30am-12:30pm]Gayle MonsmaWomen in Leadership: What, Why, Now WhatWe'll dive into the topic of Women in Leadership by looking at the data (much of it will surprise you!), challenging some conventions, and talking about what we can do to more fully encourage the leadership gifts of all people. Women and men are encouraged to attend this sessionLeadershipAdministrators, GeneralTBDTo engage with data, myths & assumptions To share experiences related to the topics To wrestle with the ideas within the Christian context To articulate ways to take the next steps in the journey
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Pauline KlokPauline Klok has been a Spiritual Care Leader at Edmonton Christian Schools ( West and HS Campus) for the past 4 years. She is trained and certified as a Spiritual Director through The Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. Pauline offers one on one Spiritual Direction for people in her prayer room at home. She is involved in offering SD for The Studion School for Spiritual Direction. Pauline is also involved as a SD for Intermission Silent Retreats. Outside of being a SD she loves to cook, bake and garden.A Room Like No Other: Why Christian Schools Need a Sacred Space for Mental and Spiritual HealthThis workshop explores the benefits of spiritual practices in a sacred space where students learn to listen to God and feel nurtured by His presence in an environment outside busy, active classrooms. Stories will be told and ideas will be shared. Participants will be invited to engage in an interactive gospel contemplation prayer. (Gospel contemplation is one of the types of prayers that are offered to classes that come to the prayer room at West Edmonton Christian.) Wellness, Mental HealthGeneralTBDParticipants will be able to understand, identify and describe the benefits of a sacred space for the mental and spiritual well being of students.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Jessica Van DoesburgI am a graduate of the King’s University and I now teach at Edmonton Christian Northeast. I am currently teaching Grade 5 and I am also the Numeracy Lead here at Northeast. In my classroom I strive to inspire students to not be afraid to try and to accept mistakes as signs of learning and growth. I often using my own mistakes as life lessons, so that students know that, like them, I’m not perfect and we are all growing and learning.
Building Numeracy Through Math GamesIn this session you will be presented and be able to interact with a variety of math games that can help to increase a student’s ability, confidence, and willingness to engage in math class.
Math and NumeracyDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6)TBDParticipants will learn more about how Math games can increase the Numeracy of their students. Participants will be provided with practical examples of games they could use in their own classrooms to increase the math ability of their students. Participants will hopefully be inspired by how math games have made learning math concepts more fun for students.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Jennifer BraunDr. Jennifer Braun is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at The King's University in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests include women in leadership, gender, agriculture, and the politics of motherhood.Feminism and Pop Culture in the ClassroomHow are girls and women represented in popular culture? What messages do we receive about girls and women in music? Disney films? Reality TV? Young Adult Fiction? How does popular culture provide us with scripts to practice masculinities, femininities and sexualities? How are these infused with race and class? What difference does this make as an educator?
Social StudiesGeneralTBDParticipants will explore the links between feminism, popular culture, and education.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Jessica CheesmanMy name is Jessica Cheesman and I am a certified Revelation Wellness Instructor. I’m passionate about helping people love God, get healthy, be whole and love others. I use group fitness classes and health coaching as a way to create community, speak about identity in Christ, and make exercise a “get to” not a “have to”. I’m a Calgary Christian School and King’s University alumnus and my husband and I are raising our 8,10,and 12 year olds in Calgary. Fitness Teacher Gospel Preacher: How to Bring Faith, Fitness, and Fun TogetherExercise and healthy living is part of God’s design for our lives. We believe that as the body of Christ gets healthy and whole, we will be fit for our purpose—to proclaim and spread the love of God to the ends of the earth. We use fun, gospel centered workouts to speak truth, combat the lies the enemy wants us to believe and root ourselves in our identity in Christ. Exercise is for everyone, not just “athletes” and if you are moving, you’re doing it right! Bible and Religious Education, Physical Education and Health, Wellness and Mental HealthDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), GeneralTBDParticipants will complete a fun workout that will move their bodies and speak life over them and is for all body types and fitness abilities. They will also learn about body image and how important it is for our children/ teens to be rooted in their identity in Christ.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Charlene van de KraatsCharlene is currently the Learning Support Teacher at Covenant Christian School. In her 20+ years of teaching, she has worked with students from K-9. Charlene believes that we must use every opportunity to meet the needs of each student to help them flourish as learners. She values the strength that comes from working together as a team to impact the lives of all students.
Ideas for Supporting DiversityHow can we work as a school team to meet the needs of each student and help them flourish? How do we support one another and build capacity? How do we anticipate, value, and support diversity and learner differences? How do we create learning environments that meet the needs of all students while also meeting the needs of the individual? Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will learn practical ways to support inclusion in their classrooms.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Brian Martin After more than 30 years I am a now retired professor of Physics and Astronomy at The King's University. My research areas focus on interacting stellar star systems, science education and topics concerning Faith and Science.Our Story in the Stars: How Faith and Science Meet Through AstronomyThis will be a media-rich presentation in which astronomical themes and images will be presented against a broader background of the arts and sciences with an aim to provide insight into how science and faith can operate together.Bible and Religious Education, Language Arts and Literacy, ScienceGeneralTBDParticipants will gain a deeper appreciation for the wonder of the night sky and how this acts as a catalyst to the human imagination. Examples will draw from astrophysics, music, poetry and the visual arts. Participants will engage in ideas that relate science and faith using astronomy as a vehicle to accomplish this
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Christa Haverhals and Juliana TiberioChrista: This is my first year of retirement, after being in Christian Education for 44 years! I have worked with students from Early Learning to Grade 12. I love teaching. I love Christian Education! I love my students both past and present! I have been an LST at Taber Christian for most of the past 13 years. For me, this quote by Abraham Kuyper sums up why Christian Education is vital. “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Juliana: I have taught Grade One for the past 4 years and have found greater success for my students when including a multi-sensory approach to reading, writing, and spelling. Students have been more engaged and have greater success in remembering and applying what is taught, and I am excited to share what I have learned with others.My Child Simply Isn't Catching on to Reading: A Multi-Sensory Approach (Part Two)Session 2: Looking at and using the materials provided to envision how a multisensory approach is used during a classroom or pull out session for word work/spelling/reading. NOTE: The presenters will have binders of resources available for purchase at their session. The cost for these will be $20.00 per binder and can be paid directly to the presenters. Digital resources will not be provided.Language Arts and Literacy, Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3)TBDParticipants will begin to use the materials with others in the session as they practice implementing the multisensory approaches.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Elaine JunkElaine has been teaching for many years at various Elementary levels. She is passionate about books and helping her students develop a love of reading. Praying in Colour: A Unit of Study for StudentsParticipants will be introduced to the book "Praying in Colour" by Sybil MacBeth. Using her ideas participants will have the opportunity to explore this practice as well as look at ways to incorporate it into a unit on prayer with students.Bible and Religious EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will learn about the process of praying in colour and begin to develop their own responses to using colour in prayer time.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Rod SnaterseI am currently serving as a Mental Health Educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. I help support positive mental health in children/students by educating caregivers, classroom teachers and other school professionals. I hold a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and a two graduate degrees in theology and faith formation. In addition to my 22 years as a K-12 school teacher, I have served for over 20 years in church ministry, and I am affiliated faculty at Taylor Seminary serving as Professor of Christian Worship.Reimagine Worship: Practical How-To's and Formational PracticesHaving taught Christian worship at PCCE conventions in previous years, this session moves away from the theoretical and into the practical. We will focus on learning a variety of specific practices that are participatory, communal and formational in nature. The emphasis will be on how we as communities DO our theology (The God Story) together when we gather for times of worship. Come prepared to share your own insights and practices. This session welcomes interaction and learning from one another.Worship, Chapels, Classroom DevotionsGeneralTBD1. Participants will understand that biblical worship is a formational practice 2. Participants will learn a variety of participatory practices that form a peculiar people and invite participation in God's story. 3. Participants will understand that worship can tell a better (and more true) story than it often does in our Christian schools and church communities
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Dennis GulleyDennis Gulley has been involved in non-profit leadership for 35 years in para-church, local church, denominational and educational settings in the US and Canada. Dennis holds a B.A. degree in literature from Portland State University and an M.A. in Educational Ministries from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. Dennis currently serves as the Lead Teaching Pastor of Leduc Fellowship Church and is the owner of The Porch Coaching and Consulting. Relational Integrity Through Conversational EssentialsThis workshop will build on the understanding gained in the “Relational Integrity Through Conversational Intelligence” workshop. This workshop will present the overarching mindset and attitude we cultivate in order to develop healthy and deepening relationships through conversations. Participants will be given practical tools to help move people from resistance and scepticism to co-creation through conversational skills, that will be useful in relationships with peers, parents and students.
Administrative and Leadership, Wellness and Mental, Relationship BuildingDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBDParticipants will discover essential skills for developing meaningful conversations. Participants will begin to develop their own toolbox of skills for building deeper and co-creative relationships with peers, students and parents.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Alan RieweI am a teacher who has the heart of a game show host and I do my best to bring that to my classroom. I strive to bring engaging fun lessons to my classroom to help students build knowledge and skills that will last longer that a lifetime. Ringing the Top of Bloom Taxonomy in Bible InstructionThe workshop will be an examination of how we can strive to look for higher learning and understanding in our Bible instruction. Influence by my attending the CSI Bible instruction Symposium and well as my deep hope of "providing knowledge that will last longer than I lifetime". I hope to inform and lead a discussion on how we can achieve the most in our Bible instruction. Language Arts and Literacy, Bible and Religious EducationDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipant will learn different ways to increase engagement and learning in Bible instruction through different activities, assignment and cross curricular connections.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Paul PunyiRooney and Punyi Educational Theatre Productions (2013 Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts) uses theatre to educate and entertain. 35 years’ experience in theatre, film, TV and have toured hundreds of schools with exciting Performing Artist in Residencies: Mime, Literacy on Stage, Language Arts Improvisation. Each year thousands of students and teachers enjoy the Rooney Punyi Reading Shows, Interview History, and Hats and Gloves, Environment Shows and Saints Come Marching In. Saints Come Marching In - St. PeterSaints Come Marching In - St. Peter Saying “Yes” to God’s unconditional love This 30 min live theatre piece tells the story of being loved despite our faults. St. Peter shares how he met and followed Jesus, how Jesus gave him a new name meaning “rock” and, after denying Him, how Jesus loved and forgave him and continued to use His “rock” to spread the good news 30 min performance followed by reflection time and question/answer. This is a wonderful introduction to an amazing resource that is touring Alberta's Christian schools.Bible and Religious Education, Fine Arts Div. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBDParticipants will deepen their faith connection through the use of theatre they will "meet" Peter, hear his moving story and will be challenged to also say "yes" to the call of Jesus. Participants will be introduced to this wonderful resource, touring Christian schools throughout Alberta.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Jim HallJim Hall is the director of House of Prayer Edmonton (HoPE), which is a ministry dedicated to facilitating unified, corporate and continual expressions of prayer and worship and in the Edmonton capital region. For over 20 years Jim has been actively involved in prayer and corporate intercession in Edmonton. Jim is the proud husband of Pam and together they have 2 amazing children- Rebekah and Josiah. Spiritual Disciplines: Moving From Duty to DelightJesus' promise of a vibrant inward spiritual life can sometimes seem illusive in today's busy and chaotic world. In this session, we will look at some of the foundational spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Christian meditation, silence and solitude, as well as fasting, discovering the vision behind such practices as well as initial steps to explore a pathway that moves us from duty toward delight in our walk with God. Bible and Religious Education, Spiritual RenewalGeneralTBDParticipants will learn the value of various Christian spiritual disciplines and will learn practical ways to incorporate them into their busy lives.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Liz Rachul and Karen BellousThe End of Average: Transforming Inclusive EducationHow can we find the value in our day to day practice of inclusive education. Why do instructional levels, honoring student autonomy and keeping kids out of the 'red zone' really matter? How can we find the value in our day to day practice of inclusive education to embrace the value and strength of every learner in our classroom.Language Arts and LiteracyDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9)TBDParticipants will learn how to make curriculum responsive to a group of learners.
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Witty Sandle and Tim WoodWitty: Witty has over 30 years of experience working with young adults and students in high school and post-secondary education. She has a professional qualification in career counseling and recently graduated with a masters in spiritual formation from Portland Seminary. She is a trained spiritual director, a certified MBTI practitioner and slightly obsessed with the enneagram as a tool for personal development and growth in the service of understanding self and others. Witty works at The King’s University in the Student Life Department, has 3 children, 1 dog, and a husband who also works at King’s as a history prof. Tim: Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and has been the Campus Minister at The King's University for ten years. He is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin and holds a Masters of Divinity from Calvin Seminary. Tim was the writer and director of a grant project which studied Christian contemplative practices that has shaped much of his ministry work at King's. He also is a recently certified Enneagram teacher and looks forward to using that tool more in his work. Tim enjoys painting, wood-working, gardening, long-distance running and Wisconsin Badger basketball.The Enneagram and Staff Dynamics (Part Two)Part Two will continue to explore how the enneagram provides a helpful tool to understand one's relationship with others.Team Work, Personal Development and GrowthGeneralTBDThis session is a continuation of the first session
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Session 2 Thu. Oct. 24 [1:30-2:30pm]Peter RockholdPeter Rockhold is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and is a pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in Red Deer, AB. He received his Bachelors degree from Kuyper College in 2011 and M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2016.
Walking Alongside: Biblical Perspectives on LGBTQ2+ Issues (Part Two)The focus of this session is to learn Scripture interpretations concerning LGBTQ2+ Issues. We will cover the pros and cons of each interpretation.
Bible and Religious EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will learn the various interpretations of Scripture concerning LGBTQ2+ Issues.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Alan RieweI am a teacher who has the heart of a game show host and I do my best to bring that to my classroom. I strive to bring engaging fun lessons to my classroom to help students build knowledge and skills that will last longer that a lifetime. All Fun and Games No Eye Protection RequiredThis is a session for anyone who would like to find more ways to have engaged practice in math through games, puzzles and fun activities. I am a div 2 teacher but much of what I do can be modified up and down for different levels of math. There will be information on practice as well as assessment. Math and NumeracyDiv. 2 (Grade 4-6)TBDParticipants will learn different approaches to engaged practice in math through game and activities. This is to be a collaborative session to learn new activities as well as to share what is already working well in your classroom. (sharing is not required)
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Michael StolteDr. Michael Stolte is the Director of Clinical Services for the Centre for Autism Services Alberta – a non-profit organization providing comprehensive supports to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families since 1997. Dr. Stolte has a Ph.D. in Special Education, is a registered psychologist, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta, and supervises inter-disciplinary teams that provide home, school and community based supports for the autism community. In 2012 he was named a Strategic Training Fellow in Autism Research and his clinical work focuses on bridging research and practice in community settings. Autism and Inclusive LearningStudents with an autism spectrum disorder are becoming more common in Alberta classrooms. With the move towards inclusive learning, teachers are expected to modify teaching environments and approaches to support diverse learners in a manner that will maximize student success. In this presentation, teachers will become more familiar with how autism is described, how it has changed over time, and learn basic strategies on how to support students with autism in general and specialized classroom settings.Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Wellness and Mental HealthGeneralTBDParticipants will learn how autism spectrum disorders are identified and their prevalence Participants will understood common learning needs and accommodation that may be required Participants will become familiar with general behavioral strategies to support students with autism.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Denis LamoureuxProfessor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta and also a research associate in paleontology. Beyond the "Evolution" vs. "Creation" DebateAre there only two positions on origins: either “evolution” or “creation”? This presentation is an introduction to professional terminology, science-religion dialogue, and various views on origins (young earth creation, progressive creation, evolutionary creation, deistic evolution, and atheistic evolution). Presenter also shares his personal story wrestling with origins and his coming to faith in Jesus. Bible and Religious Education, ScienceGeneral, Div. 4 (Grade 10-12)TBDParticipants will deepen their understanding of origins and the first chapter of Scripture.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Sandra Sergeant I have been involved in Christian education for over twenty years and have a deep desire to see people develop a rich relationship with Christ through prayer and His Word. I am currently the TFT Lead Teacher for Medicine Hat Christian School and have been a faciliator for Youth Call 2 Prayer Alberta for the past eight years. Developing a Vibrant and Meaningful Prayer GroupParticipants will learn the components of a vibrant and meaningful prayer group and will learn how to implement a Youth Call 2 Prayer Group in their school. This workshop will include ways to be effective community builders through encouragement and prayer. Bible and Religious EducationDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators, GeneralTBD-Participants will understand the components of a meaningful prayer group -Participants will be able to use knowledge gained to start a prayer group within their schools -Participants will share successes and or questions about their already established prayer groups
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Hilary SmithHilary Smith holds a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary and has been a full time youth pastor for 6 years. Recently she has joined the team at Northeast Christian School as a Pastoral Care Leader. She is passionate about forming faith in youth and being a mentor for them to walk with them. She believes every adult in a youth's life has influence over them and enjoys equipping them so they feel confidence as they interact with youth. Faith Formation in the ClassroomThe school is primarily for education and the church is the primary source of discipleship. Both are faith forming institutions. First, I will teach some of the basic principles for faith formation that we use in our church. Second, we will brainstorm how that could look in the classroom. Lastly, I will equip teachers with ways they can be even more influential in their classroom as they model Christ to their students. Bible and Religious EducationGeneralTBDParticipants will learn basic principles of faith formation in church and brainstorm ideas as to how this could look in a classroom.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Jenn Munton and Cindy KingJenn: Jenn is in her 20th year of teaching elementary school, with most of her experience at the grade one level. She has a heart for professional development and loves to collaborate with fellow colleagues to come up with better ways to work smarter and not harder. Cindy: Cindy King has been teaching grades K - 2 for over ten years. She enjoys the thrill of seeing children learn to read and write, and believes in the importance of teachers working together and sharing their best practices. Grade One Social Studies Through the Lens of TFTAttendees will spend the first portion hearing about the design of this social studies project and then the rest of the program time creating their own lapbook to take into the classroom with them. The Alberta Program of Studies for Social Studies as well as the TFT Throughlines will be referenced throughout. Time will be provided at the end to debrief and brainstorm further applications.Bible and Religious Education, Social StudiesDiv. 1 (Grade K-3)TBDParticipants will take a look at the Alberta Grade One Social Studies program of studies outcomes and then construct their own lapbook artifact that includes learning evidence of the entire year's worth of outcomes.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Carla StolteCarla Stolte is an arts educator with over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings - including pre-Kindergarten, university level and everything in between! Carla has worked with various school districts in British Columbia and Alberta to create art and music programs that create cultures of diversity and inclusion and inspires life-long learning in the arts. In 2017, Carla completed a Master’s Degree in Community Development and Leadership and currently works as a Stakeholder Engagement Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. She also serves as a sessional instructor at The King’s University in their Bachelor of Education program. Integrating Music Into the CurriculumHave you ever noticed that your students can recite every word of the most popular songs, but can't memorize multiplication facts? Or have you ever wondered how you might approach teaching core concepts though music, but don't know where to start? Through a variety of activities, participants will discover ways to "use" music to reinforce non-musical concepts in subject areas such as language arts, science, math and social studies. Included will be resources, activities and ideas that teachers can use immediately.Fine ArtsDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6)TBDParticipants will explore ways in which to integrate music into their daily classroom practice to deepen and strengthen student learning in core subject areas.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Jeremy HorlingsI have been in education for the last 16 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). Last year, I started working for the PCCE as the Associate Executive Director and had the opportunity to work with and learn from many excellent teachers and leaders in Christian education.I've Got a Storyline....Now What?Maybe you've been to a Storyline session in the last couple years and crafted a Storyline but it has not had the impact on your classroom that you had hoped. In this workshop we will take a closer look at the TfT Core Practice of Storyline. Some exemplars that have been collected in the last year will be presented, stories will be shared and there will be time for participants to plan some rhythms and practices that can ensure Storyline stays alive throughout the year. Although this session is focused on providing ideas for participants that have previous experience/knowledge of Storyline, teachers that are new to Storyline may still find the workshop helpful.Teaching for TransformationGeneralTBDParticipants will develop rhythms and practices that ensure their Storyline stays alive in their classroom.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Codi KreilCodi Kreil has been a teacher for 10 years, specializing in the areas of art, music, and relationships. She is currently completing her masters in counselling psychology, and would describe herself as awkwardly charming. Passionate about bringing help and support to teachers looking to improve their mental health, as well as fostering relationships in the classroom, there is no doubt that her sessions have practical take aways for almost anyone.Love LanguagesParticipants will learn about the five love languages and their practical and powerful use in the classroom to build connections and relationships, as well as recommended resources to teach students about love languages. Wellness and Mental HealthGeneralTBDParticipants will learn about the five love languages and their practical and powerful use in the classroom to build connections and relationships, as well as recommended resources to teach students about love languages.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Holly JensenHolly's love of children began at an early age. She now has over 16 years of journeying with kiddos under her belt. Her greatest passion is to support children in discovering their true identity in Christ. A mum of two creative and talkative girls, Holly is grateful for the many incredible life lessons she learns from her little teachers.Prayer JournalingCan we take the discipline of prayer which is often dry and dull for kids and make it meaningful and creative? Come build a prayer journal and experience prayerful practices that you can take back to your classroom.Bible and Religious Education, Language Arts and Literacy, Wellness and Mental HealthDiv. 1 (Grade K-3), Div. 2 (Grade 4-6), Div. 3 (Grade 7-9), GeneralTBDParticipants will create a prayer journal that they can take and use with their students.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Jessilyn SwansonJessilyn Swanson is a middle school teacher from Medicine Hat, Alberta. She is a Google Certified Educator who can usually be found listening to podcasts and drinking coffee or dreaming up new classroom designs. To collaborate, you can find her at jessilyn.swanson@sd76.ab.ca, on Instagram @swansonspace or at swansonspace.ca.Rethinking Classroom DesignIn this session, you will get a chance to see how flexible seating, alternative and natural lighting, and music can be used to create a warm comfortable atmosphere where students want to spend their time. I will share my experiences and give you a chance to share and brainstorm as well!Classroom Design, Learning Space DesignGeneralTBDParticipants will learn about how to rethink the physical setup of their classroom using flexible seating and alternative lighting.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Panel DiscussionTBDSafe Spaces in Christian Schools: What, Why, and How?Christians are called to kingdom builders. Love God! Love others! Though welcoming all to the table can be difficult, we are all promised a place. For young students, this becomes incredibly important. The session will focus on why safe spaces are important for Christian schools, for who these spaces are for, and how we might begin to create them. Administrative and Leadership, Learning Support, Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Wellness and Mental HealthDiv. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators and Leaders, GeneralTBDParticipants will hear stories from people in the LGBTQ community in order to gather a perspective. Through a discussion on what safe spaces are, participants will understand the role a safe space plays in a Christian learning community for LGBTQ students.
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Session 3 Fri. Oct. 25 [9:30-10:30am]Robert DuikerRob is the principal of Rocky Christian School. He is married with three adult children and three grandchildren. He's into politics and sports.The Impossibility of Inclusion" A Lesson in PhilosophyI teach my grade 8 and 9 students that each person has his or her own philosophy and that each Christian person must have a Christian philosophy. I hope to cover one semester of my Bible class in one workshop at this conference. Note: The use of the term 'inclusion' in this session does not refer to special education but rather a broad notion of including everyone in spite of philosophical or religious belief.Bible and Religious Education, PhilosophyDiv. 3 (Grade 7-9), Div. 4 (Grade 10-12), Administrators and Leaders, GeneralTBDParticipants will he given a brief introduction to philosophy as they ponder whether real inclusion is possible.
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