Fostering Effective Relationships


Building Relationships to Motivate, Engage and Encourage Students

Positive and effective relationships between teachers and students are the foundation upon which good teaching and learning occurs “You can’t teach them if you can’t reach them.” What are some strategies that you can implement to develop strong and powerful relationships with your students? This session covers techniques that are easy to integrate into your everyday interactions with students: communicating positive expectations, giving feedback in a constructive way, developing pride, demonstrating caring and creating safe and happy environments for all to grow and thrive in!


Culturally Responsive Teaching

This workshop explores approaches for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to effectively work cross-culturally. Participants will begin to learn how to develop a greater capacity to engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.


Ici, tout le monde est le bienvenu—enseigner dans une classe interculturelle

Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.


Increasing Student Resilience

This workshop asks the question, “How can teachers build resiliency in themselves to develop and maintain positive, supportive and caring relationships with students from at-risk environments?” Participants will consider approaches for integrating a strength-based resiliency perspective into teaching practice, examine personal perspectives and paradigms that foster positive relationships with students; and gain ideas, resources and strategies consistent with research-based practices that increase students’ ability to succeed in school and in life.


Comment développer la capacité de résilience des élèves

Cet atelier pose la question « Comment les enseignants peuvent-ils construire leur propre résilience pour développer et maintenir de bons rapports avec leurs élèves de milieux défavorisés » ? Au cours de l’atelier, les participants sont invités à considérer des façons d’intégrer à leur pratique enseignante la perspective d’une résilience forte et profonde; à examiner leurs perspectives et paradigmes personnels propices à l’établissement de rapports constructifs avec les élèves; et à découvrir de nouvelles idées, ressources et stratégies conformes aux pratiques recommandées par la recherche et qui favorisent la réussite des élèves à l’école et dans la vie.

Trauma-Informed Practice: Safe, Supportive and Self-Regulated Classrooms

Participants in this interactive workshop will receive information and tools to help provide safe, supportive and self-regulated environments for students who have experienced trauma. Teachers will be provided with background information on trauma and its effects on the child and adolescent brain, how to create trauma-informed environments and how to help build resiliency and self-regulation skills in students.

Working with Parents to Promote Student Success

This workshop addresses the question, “How can teachers nurture and sustain positive relationships with parents to reinforce their mutual goal—to ensure that all students are successful in school?” This session will focus on the many ways to build strong relationships with parents, undertake successful approaches for communication and involving parents, understand that varied parenting styles exist and learn strategies for reframing interactions with challenging parents.




Engaging in Career-Long Learning


Collaborating to Build Capacity and Expertise

This workshop focuses on preparing participants to lead and work in collaborative teams—the cornerstone of a professional learning community. A variety of collaborative processes will be presented and modeled.

Creativity–Our Next Generation Depends On It!

Students who can think in creative contexts will be well prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Participants in this interactive workshop will reflect on creativity as a concept and then learn about the connection of creativity to personal wellbeing, metacognition and problem solving. Participants will leave with strategies to engage themselves and others in creative teaching and learning environments across the developmental spectrum.      

Designing Effective Professional Development Sessions

This fun and active workshop looks at andragogy (a system of ideas, concepts and approaches to adult learning) and helps participants build capacity and confidence to develop learning that is engaging and memorable. By understanding how we, as adults, learn best we can better understand how learning experiences can be improved for our students. The strategies, concepts and techniques used will have immediate application for teachers in any learning environment.

Making the Most of a Teaching Life: How to be Well and Stay Well

This workshop will begin by addressing general themes relevant to teacher wellness and will then focus on the most common mental health challenges affecting teachers: stress, anxiety and burnout. The session will include strategies to assist teachers in managing their emotional and psychological well-being in ways that allow them to be successful in educational settings.

Staff Wellness—Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!

This workshop is designed to help teachers develop an appreciation of how important wellness is for individuals, families and school communities. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their personal wellness journey and learn about a variety of strategies and resources to assist them. By building our personal capacity, we increase our ability to be of continued service to our students, our families and our society. As the saying goes, “You can’t serve from an empty cup.”

When Students Get in Trouble—Alternatives to Consider

When students misbehave, numerous people are impacted and involved. This workshop will look at the factors that may be behind the behaviour, choices school staff have when responding and ways to restore relationships and provide restitution. Topics covered will also include the value of positive culture, conscious connection and accountability.


Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge


Assessment and Evaluation: Supporting Student Learning

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the assessment indicators in the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard. Key questions that will be considered include the following:

  • How do we plan assessment with the end in mind?
  • How do we support the learner to successfully meet curricular outcomes?
  • How do we ensure the credibility of our judgments?

Creating a Technology-Infused Classroom

This workshop is designed to share the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) model with teachers to facilitate technology implementation in their classrooms. Integrating technology not only addresses 21st century skills, but also meets the Teaching Quality Standard of Alberta and the eight cross-curricular competencies. This workshop provides opportunities to gain confidence, knowledge and best practices to move forward in planning for the classroom.

Engaging All Students—Moving From Fact-Based To Concept-Based Learning Environments

This workshop will help participants build capacity in planning units, lessons and activities. Based on research and practice, the processes shared will show that approaching the design of instruction through concept-based learning and leveraging competencies helps create learning environments in which all students can achieve their greatest potential.

Hacking the Code—Understanding the Importance of Computational Thinking

Computational thinking is key for 21st century learning. It promotes problem solving, creativity and collaboration among students and teachers. It allows students to be creators of digital content that can be shared online, building their confidence in a connected world. In this workshop, teachers will learn about and engage in computational thinking and how to access many resources so they can share these experiences with their students.

Make Me a Maker—Fostering a Maker Mentality in Your School

The makerspace movement lends itself to many hands-on approaches. This workshop provides background information about maker spaces and the maker movement. It encourages teachers to get involved and bring “making” into their classrooms.

Créons des créateurs—favoriser la pensée créatrice dans votre école

Le milieu de l’éducation a pris un virage marqué vers l’enquête et les occasions d’apprentissage pratique et exploratoire. La tendance aux espaces créateurs s’inscrit dans une volonté de faire vivre ces approches. Cet atelier fournit des renseignements d’ordre général au sujet des espaces créateurs et du mouvement créatif, tout en incitant les enseignants à s’impliquer en y ouvrant leur salle de classe.

The Power of Play—Engaging Learners of All Ages

Play fosters creativity, independence, problem solving and ownership in learning. This workshop will provide you with ways to successfully incorporate play into any class and give you ideas to use in your next lesson.

Project-Based Learning

This workshop will review the critical components of project-based learning in the Alberta context, discuss effective teaching practices and learning strategies, and provide a template for designing a new project or modifying an existing one. Project-based learning makes it possible to integrate a program of studies with the provincial competencies for student learning while students engage, create, explore and reflect on their learning.

Thinking About Learning—Metacognition and Mindfulness

This workshop looks at the role the brain plays in successful learning. The facilitator will guide participants by helping them establish an understanding of metacognition and mindfulness, explore conditions that encourage metacognition in the classroom, engage with instructional practices that model metacognition for students and identify mindfulness skills that increase student awareness. The content of this workshop is valuable for teachers and students at all levels.


Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments


Addressing Diverse Learning Needs in Classrooms

While many classrooms have effectively integrated students with learning disabilities, teachers and educational assistants still strive to improve the learning environments and programming for these students. This workshop will provide the staff with an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about how to identify, plan for and respond to students with mild/moderate learning disabilities.

Classroom Management—Beyond the Basics

With basic classroom management strategies already in their toolkit, participants in this workshop will look at building upon those skills. This workshop will support teachers in responding to classroom behaviours that disrupt teaching with the goal of keeping learning on track and positive relationships intact.

Classroom Management—What Works?

This workshop was developed with beginning and novice teachers in mind. Participants will review what classroom management is and why it is important, starting with the impact of positive and authentic relationships. From there, participants will move into looking at rules, routines, procedures and strategies. The goal is to help participants create classrooms in which both the students and the teachers can be successful.

Gestion de classe—ce qui fonctionne

Cet atelier a été conçu pour les enseignants débutants ou nouveaux dans la profession. Les participants revisiteront le thème de la gestion de classe et son importance, à commencer par l’importance de privilégier des relations positives et authentiques avec les élèves. De là, ils examineront les règles, routines, procédures et stratégies liées à la gestion de classe. L’objectif de cet atelier est d’aider les participants à créer des salles de classe dans lesquelles le travail des élèves et des enseignants pourra porter ses fruits.

Let’s Talk About Identity, Power and Privilege

Understanding race, racism, privilege and oppression requires concerted effort toward uncovering the daily hierarchies and power structures that surround our complex identities. For educators, promoting social justice is central to our daily work with students. Addressing specific issues such as privilege is difficult and uncomfortable for most people, for a variety of reasons. This workshop will help teachers explore these issues and provide them with ideas for student exercises and activities.

Mental Health 101

Similar to first aid training, this workshop will give teachers the basic information they need to identify and help students who may be experiencing mental health issues. Lessons learned in this workshop are not confined to the classroom however, and the skills acquired will also help teachers understand the feelings their colleagues, and even themselves, may be experiencing at times. Participants will leave with practical strategies and interventions to promote positive mental health.


Santé mentale 101

Semblable à la formation en secourisme, cet atelier fournit aux enseignants les renseignements de base dont ils ont besoin pour identifier et aider les élèves qui pourraient éprouver des problèmes de santé mentale. Les leçons apprises dans cet atelier ne sont toutefois pas limitées à la salle de classe. En effet, les compétences acquises aideront aussi les enseignants à comprendre les émotions et sentiments que leurs collègues ou eux-mêmes peuvent éprouver parfois. Et les diverses stratégies et interventions pratiques présentées leur permettront de quitter l’atelier mieux armés pour promouvoir une bonne santé mentale.

PRISM—Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities

This workshop is designed to help school staff understand legislation and educational policy and discuss how to support sexual and gender minority students and staff in Alberta schools. Participants will explore strategies for creating inclusive schools while also reflecting on their own attitudes, beliefs and dispositions.

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Schools

School staff are increasingly challenged to support individuals with all levels of anxiety and related behaviours. This workshop will provide information about the most common anxiety disorders, examine how these disorders impact people, and provide participants with strategies to help support those affected cope and manage.

Winning Strategies for Classrooms

Alberta schools are founded on the concept that all students can learn, regardless of their abilities. When teachers plan for and use effective learning strategies designed to help struggling learners, they also support many other students. This workshop will provide teachers with tools and strategies that can be used at any grade level with all types of students. Engaging, interesting and active, this session will give participants ideas to incorporate into lessons immediately for positive results.


Leading a Learning Community


Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

This workshop is intended to guide and support participants to work collaboratively to develop learning-friendly environments that support inclusion in their schools. It reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools and encourages school staff to work together to consider the academic, social and emotional needs of students. Participants will look at managing resistance, breaking down barriers, and reviewing tools and strategies that have proven successful elsewhere.

Developing Our Shared Mission and Vision

Strategic planning is a key element in building a shared commitment to school improvement and developing the staff team. This workshop is designed to facilitate the development of a school’s shared mission, vision and values and will be customized to align with the school context. Participants will work through a series of collaborative activities and processes to modify an existing statement or develop new mission and vision statements. Using consensus-building activities, this workshop will encourage dialogue and collaboration among members of staff, resulting in a shared commitment to school improvement.

Instructional Leadership to Optimize Student Learning and Staff Development

Research tells us that the role of the principal as instructional leader is an extremely important one in today’s schools. In this workshop, participants will look at ways to build staff capacity, cultivate a positive school culture and environment, foster strong relationships, and support evidence-informed teaching practices.


Indigenous Education and Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation

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