Notices & Events

September 13, 2011
Attention : bourse de 350 $

Une bourse de 350 $ du Fonds Lionel-T.-Rémillard sera bientôt octroyée par la Fondation franco-albertaine pour aider un enseignant d’un conseil scolaire francophone ou programme d’immersion française à poursuivre ses études en administration scolaire ou en éducation pour élèves en difficulté scolaire. Appelez vite Joël Lavoie au 780-999-2085 pour plus de renseignements.

Vegreville’s Terry Fox Run is running out of time

Vegreville’s annual Terry Fox Run is in danger of not taking place this year. The Terry Fox Foundation needs a volunteer organizer to continue the tradition on Sunday, September 18. To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $550 million for cancer research. For information about the Vegreville run, contact Rhonda Risebrough. Telephone: 1-888-836-9786; e-mail: abntnu@terryfoxrun.org. For information about the foundation, visit www.terryfox.org.

Diabetics aided by program

More than 50 per cent of all diabetics in Canada can’t afford their prescribed diabetes management routine due to the costs of blood glucose testing supplies. As a result, many people develop life-threatening complications, which lead to poor health, increased mortality and significantly increased costs to the health system. In June, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) launched a Compassionate Use Program aimed at economically challenged Canadians who are unable to afford the costs of monitoring their blood glucose levels. CDA plans to distribute almost 5,000 free blood glucose monitoring kits across Canada. If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, please visit www.diabetes.ca/meter to apply online, or call 1-800-BANTING (1-800-226-8464), option 7, to request an application.

Imagination and technology theme of 2012 conference

The Destination Innovation 2012 Conference will explore imaginative practices for learning with technology. The conference will provide a premiere PD opportunity for innovators on the leading edge of technology in learning and teaching, including educators, IT staff, administrators, researchers and teachers. The conference will be held at the Banff Centre, August 19–22, 2012. Destination Innovation is sponsored by the 2Learn.ca Education Society, Alberta Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Technology Leaders in Education and the Educational Technology Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Registration opens in September 2011. The Destination Innovation 2012 Conference team invites proposals that showcase the innovative practices of leading educational technology leaders. More information is available online (www.destinationinnovation2012.ca) and on Twitter (@Dest_2012).

Make a difference in your community

Here’s a chance for students to share their ideas and opinions. DEAL.org is the RCMP’s by-youth, for-youth crime-prevention website. Youth (aged 14–17) are invited to participate in the 2011/12 Youth Advisory Committee. Participants spend two to four hours a month on a secure online forum, where they answer and discuss questions about issues and problems they may be facing in their school or community. Participants gain community service hours while helping shape the RCMP’s youth resources and initiatives. Visit DEAL.org and follow the Youth Advisory Committee link to fill out the application and reference forms.

Home is where the heart is

Habitat for Humanity Canada invites students in Grades 4–6 to enter the annual Meaning of Home writing contest (October 3–November 11). The contest is an opportunity for students to put their creative writing skills to work for a good cause. The winner of the contest will be part of the ultimate gift: a $60,000 contribution toward building a Habitat home in or near the winner’s community. The winner also receives a laptop, and the winner’s entire school will be treated to a pizza party. Each runner-up receives an iPod Touch! Teachers can download an education module (lesson plan, activity ideas, writing tips and a Habitat for Humanity Canada fact sheet) and contest details at www.meaningofhome.ca.

Crystal meth subject of free student DVD

The devastating effect of crystal meth is the theme of Wasted Angels by Multi-Youth Productions, in Stony Plain. The student performers, under the direction of school teacher Carol Gilchrist, write and produce theatre productions on subjects of interest to junior and senior high students. Wasted Angels has been filmed professionally and is available at no cost to schools across Alberta. To obtain a free copy of the DVD and teacher’s manual, contact Judy Kesanko, Multicultural Heritage Centre. Telephone: 780-963-2777 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays); e-mail: judyk@multicentre.org.

Calgary Homeshare matches students with seniors

Calgary Homeshare matches senior homeowners with adult students (18+) who assist with simple household tasks and errands in exchange for affordable accommodation. Calgary Homeshare is open to any adult student in any area of study. Please note: For students attending the University of Calgary, the student union has approved the program for cocurricular record credits. Additional information (FAQs and application forms) is available from www.calgaryseniors.org.

We’d like to hear your story

Did you leave teaching after three to five years in an Alberta school? Did you graduate from an Alberta faculty of education? Did you graduate with a BEd but have never had a full-time continuing contract in a school? Do you want to tell your story? Researchers at the University of Alberta are interested in learning why teachers leave teaching after only a few years. It is hoped that the information gathered will influence schools and government policies. Identities of participants will be kept confidential. For more information, contact the researchers at teacherattrition@gmail.com or 780-492-7770.

Peat lands are vital

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is a registered charity that focuses on educating people about the importance of peat lands to the health of our environment. Peat lands (bogs, swamps, mires and muskeg) absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which means they play a major role in moderating climate change. The Burns Bog Conservation Society, located in British Columbia, offers resources and teacher’s guides. All resources are curriculum-based and can be integrated into English, math, art and science classes. For more information, contact Eliza Olson at 1-888-850-6264 or visit www.burnsbog.org.

Interactive workshops teach students about the UN

“What Kind of World...?” is the title of a free program offered by the Edmonton Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC). The program teaches children in Grades 3–8 about the UN, Canada’s role in the UN and human rights. UNAC delivers three one-hour interactive workshops to students. The first workshop introduces students to the UN. The second workshop discusses the UN’s specialized agencies and programs and the third workshop focuses on human rights. For more information, visit UNAC’s website (www.edmonton.unac.org/html/what_kind_of_world_.html).

Important information about specialist council memberships

Effective immediately, your annual no-cost specialist council membership will no longer expire in August.

The no-cost council membership will continue until you decide to change to a different council.

To register, or to change your council membership, login at www.teachers.ab.ca with your TNET username and password. It’s that easy.

Specialist councils are your source for conferences, networking, publications, resources, workshops, online communities and professional development.

Stories and photos wanted

The ATA News is always on the lookout for interesting 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 interesting 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 raymond.gariepy@ata.ab.ca.