AAESQ/QESBA Spring Conference 2018 - May 24 - 26
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A01:Assignment Design Makeover: Six Questions
Moderated by - Alan November
A02:A True Story of Co-Leadership: Reinvigorating Reflection and Improving Action
From passionate pedagogue to captain of a ship in turbulent waters, when you move from teaching into school administration, there is the distinct possibility of feeling lost at sea. You know students, you feel at home with them, but now you are expected to deal with adults, many of them, as well as with budgets and unions, with outside agencies, with board and ministerial obligations, and so on. In the midst of this all, breathless and exhausted, you want to hold steadfast to your pedagogical ideals and you keep telling yourself that you must stay focused on the larger goal: student success. This presentation is not about miracle solutions. Rather, it recounts a true story of co-leadership by two administrators who faced the turbulent waters of vice-principalship in a large high school, and not only met the challenges of their new roles, but grew through them as a result of genuine, daily collaboration. The presenters invite all elementary and high school administrators, as well as decision-makers, to consider co-leadership as an option for re-energized schools and for student success.
Moderated by - Jessica Saada & Sujata Saha (RSB)
A03:French Immersion Students Who Struggle with Literacy - Is Bilingualism to Blame?
The goal of this session is to provide administrators with evidence-based information about identifying and providing intervention for students at-risk for reading difficulty as early as kindergarten, regardless of their language background. Many teachers and school professionals do not feel that they can confidently differentiate between students with true reading difficulty who are slow learning to read in a second language because they have an underlying reading impairment versus students who are in the early stages of second language learning and, thus, temporarily lack the oral language skills necessary to function well in the area of reading. We will present how to go about making this distinction in the process of identifying children from various language backgrounds (anglophones, francophones and students whose first language is not English or French) who struggle with reading. We will also outline some possible strategies and interventions that could be used to improve these studentsR17; reading skills once they have been identified as being at-risk.
Moderated by - Caroline Erdos and Corinne Haigh
A04:Inquiring Minds Want to Know
As citizens of the 21st century, we are continually bombarded with a variety of information. To succeed, our students need to be able to navigate through all of this information that is presented to them. To specify the desired information, to find it, to analyze it and to use adequately are all competencies necessary to be an active citizen in todayR17;s world. The Inquiry Process will provide your teachers with a framework that can help their students and themselves interact with all this information. The suggested steps in the process also facilitate the development of information literacy skills as well as studentsR17; ability to think critically. In this workshop, we will explore various strategies and tools that can be used by your teachers for this purpose. Please bring your own devices.
Moderated by - Elaine Roy and Yannick Blier
A05:Election Preparedness (QESBA)
Election Preparedness (QESBA)
Moderated by - Kim Hamilton and Jennifer Maccarone
A06:Disconnect to Reconnect: The Compelling Case for Outdoor Education
The Quebec government has just released R16;Au Quebec, on bouge en plein airR16;, a document that clearly outlines the benefits of the great outdoors education and time spent outside. Many children (and adults!) are suffering from nature deficit disorder. There is a growing trend among children and youth of socializing through screens rather than face-to-face. This is associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety, which can be combatted by providing children and youth with spaces where they can disconnect from their phones and social media, and rebuild their connections with the natural world and each other. Outdoor education is a powerful tonic and part of the solution if we want healthier and happier kids. In this presentation Sean will briefly present some recent information/trends and research regarding the importance and impact of Outdoor education as well as practical techniques used at Camp YMCA Kanawana that demonstrate the positive impact of outdoor education on children and teachers alike including nature journaling, trust building and team building activities and nature connection. Depending on the background and interest of attendees we will share ideas on how to bring to prepare for and unpack an outdoor education experience in the traditional classroom.
Moderated by - Sean Day
A07:FULL Finding Their Moxie*: How Principals Energize and Refocus Their Schools on Learning (* Moxie = Courage)
Principals and teachers learn to collaborate on what matters most R11; helping all students become self-confident and successful learners. By using the best of a range of frameworks and approaches R11; Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RTI), Restorative Justice, Formative Classroom Walkthroughs - and focusing in on how students learn best, principals and their school teams re-think their practices and make changes that not only support student learning but build learning communities where each member of the school team becomes an energized learner.
How does this happen? This session will explore what it takes to summon the moxie and move a school community forward beyond the glitz and toward a sustainable meaningful focus on learning.
Moderated by - Julie Hobbs, Carol Marriott and Diane Wood
Moderated by - N/A