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South Western Alberta Teachers' Convention Association
Feb 22-23, 2018
University of Lethbridge
Our Theme for 2018 is
Looking "Back to The Future".
for a look back click here
2018 "At A Glance" pdf file
detailed session info in the "sessions" tab above
Our Thursday Keynote will be
Leadership Speaker, Educator, and Father of NHL stars P.K. Subban and Malcolm Subban.
KARL SUBBAN is a former school principal in one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods, and the father of five children, including three NHL players. He’s dedicated his life to helping others reach their potential—to be better at their careers and better as people. His gregarious, powerful talks explore teamwork and leadership, and offer a fresh take on what it means to succeed.
February 23, 2018
Our Friday Keynote will be
Lethbridge residents and Amazing Race Canada contestants
JULIE & LOWELL TAYLOR
In this motivational presentation, Julie and Lowell Taylor highlight Lowell’s Visual Impairment and how their positivity, teamwork and love help turn this obstacle into opportunities. Lowell was the first blind contestant on The Amazing Race and now his sights are set on competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Road and Track Cycling. Together they share their life stories and the challenges of going blind, living with a blind guy, and the supports needed along the way. Physical activity and sport have played a large role in providing meaning and hope while living with a disability. They prove that positivity can outshine a disability – that negativity can be more debilitating than a disability.
2018 "At A Glance" pdf file
for detailed session information please click the "session" tab above
Hungry!! Try these food options
A reminder that your yellow ATA Membership Card is your entrance to all sessions at convention. This allows our chairpeople to know that you are a teacher from our region or a paid attendant. This practice ensures that our teachers have access to the sessions that best respond to their professional development needs. If you happen to forget your membership card, you can always pick up a "nametag" at the SWATCA office on Thursday morning in AH 100. Bring a paystub or your ASEBP card in order to receive your nametag.
With the new construction at Uof L parking is limited.
PLEASE TRY TO CAR POOL. Lot E is restricted parking only. If you park in Lot E expect the City of Lethbridge to give you a parking ticket.
Free Teacher Parking is available in Lots
M, N & Q Only!
We will also be running a shuttle bus to
additional free parking available at
Chinook High School/Catholic Central HS West
Click SHUTTLE POSTER for this year's shuttle schedule.
Tweeting about this year's SWATCA? Add us @swatca and use the tag #swatca.
Alternate PD options for the 2018 convention will be considered from Sept. 2017 to December 15, 2017
Please follow this link for more information on the regulations.
All attendees are reminded that SWATCA is a closed convention open to ATA members only. Persons wishing to attend SWATCA who are not currently ATA members are required to contact the ATA to arrange membership.
Question: Are teacher assistants/educational assistants/spouses of teachers/children of teachers eligible to attend teachers’ conventions?
Answer: No. Conventions are closed events designed for ATA members who hold the highest level of membership available to them and for a few invited guests. Central office and school administrators do not have the authority to direct teacher assistants or educational assistants to attend teachers’ conventions. (taken from the ATA website)