Notices and Events

October 23, 2012
Behaviour toolbox available to teachers and parents

The Family Behavior Toolbox (FBT) is a self-help resource to help parents and family members understand a child’s behaviour and to inform them about the options available to deal with it. FBT was created by the team responsible for the child, adolescent and autism editions of the toolbox. Parents can be referred to the FBT resource by teachers; access is also available through Alberta’s public libraries. FBT can be accessed at The Behavior Toolboxes are used worldwide and are constantly growing and developing to ensure high-quality content and to reflect current thinking. For information about the Behavior Toolbox series, visit Access to the professional editions is by username; every school division has a username guardian to help people access the site. Username information and guardians’ names are available by e-mail. The Alberta access page is Send questions and feedback to, call 215-586-3593 or Skype conductmanagement.

Power and politics of oil and gas theme of Parkland conference

The Parkland Institute’s fall conference, “Petro, Power and Politics,” takes place November 23–25, at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), University of Alberta. This conference explores the economic issues of oil and gas development and the social, cultural and political consequences thereof—ultimately, questions of power and the kind of society Albertans and Canadians desire. The keynote speaker is author Ronald Wright; Duff Conacher, the founder of Democracy Watch, will close the conference. Other guest speakers are Andrew Nikiforuk, Jeff Gailus, Angela Carter and Laura N. Beny. For details and to register, visit the Parkland Institute’s website (

What is the Great Kids Award?

Alberta is home to thousands of children and youth who do great things every day for themselves and others. The Great Kids Award celebrates children and youth who influence their communities in positive ways. All Albertans are invited to nominate young people (ages 5–18) for their determination, generosity, compassion, courage and strong spirit. Download nomination forms for the Great Kids Award 2012 from Deadline for nominations is December 5, 2012. For more information, call 780-415-0085.

SPCA invites teachers to review resources

The Alberta SPCA is looking for qualified teachers to review new resources for the agriculture courses AGR1040: Animal Basics and AGR2020: Animal Husbandry/Welfare. A small honorarium will be paid. Teachers who have taught these courses are invited to contact Tim Battle. Telephone: 780-447-3600, ext. 3739, or e-mail:

All the world’s a stage

Theatre Alberta and the Alberta Playwrights’ Network present PlayWorks Ink, Alberta’s biennial playwriting and theatre event featuring Daniel MacIvor. Workshops and special events for educators and theatre artists will also be held. The conference takes place November 3–6 at Calgary’s EPCOR Centre. For information, call 780-422-8162 or 1-888-422-8160 (toll free); website:

Auto for Sale

Car Bid Deadline: October 31, 2012

2009 Murano LE—Sandstone colour with charcoal leather ­interior; technology package; V6, 265 horsepower; AWD; ABS; high-intensity bi-xenon headlights; dual-power heated outside ­mirrors; chrome accent mouldings; roof rack, side rails and crossbar; DVD entertainment system with six speakers; power lift gate; rain sensing windshield wipers; rear back privacy glass and UV reducing solar glass; ­approximately
79,125 kilometers.

Sealed bids for above vehicle should be marked “Car Bid,” ­attention ATA Business Manager Jeffrey Loke. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m., October 31, 2011.

Deliver bids to ATA Business Manager Jeffrey Loke, 11010-142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2R1. For more information, contact Mr. Loke. Telephone: 780-447-9458 in Edmonton and area, or 1-800-232-7208 (toll free) from elsewhere in Alberta.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association reserves the right to refuse the ­highest bid if it’s deemed to be inadequate.

Stories and photos wanted

The ATA News is always on the lookout for articles, photos and cartoons. Articles should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short byline, stating where you work and what you teach. Photos of teachers or students participating in activities are welcome, as are cartoons. Don’t forget to include photo captions. Please note: Receipt of material does not guarantee its publication. Send your submissions to Managing Editor, the ATA News, 11010 142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2R1 or submit electronically to

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