Thank you for your many submissions for the 2017 program. Our program is now complete.
South Western Alberta Teachers' Convention Association
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
If you park in Lot E expect the City of Lethbridge to give you a ticket.
Our Theme for 2017 is
Creating Compassionate Classrooms.
Our 118th Annual Convention will be held at the
University of Lethbridge
We want to welcome teachers from Livingstone Range SD
They are joining our convention for the first time this year. Welcome!
February 23 & 24, 2017
2017 Thursday Morning Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Alex Russell is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message—and his book, Drop The Worry Ball—is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure, and it is through the process of these failures that they mature into resilient, resourceful and emotionally balanced individuals.
Our Friday Keynote will be
"REMEMBERING TO PLAY: Inspiring Joy, Freedom & Self-Care."
Vince Gowman is the founder of Remembering to Play Events, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach trained through one of the world’s top accredited coaching programs, The Coaches Training Institute and their Leadership Program. He has also received advanced training in Organization Relationship & Systems Coaching through the Centre for Right Relationship.
He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration
focusing on Human Resources, Marketing and International Business. Vince coaches individuals and leads public and corporate playshops on all aspects of well-being. He volunteers his time leading at kids’ camps and for various non-profit organizations.
Important Notice to all attendees!
Displays will now be located around the track in the First Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.
2017 "At A Glance" pdf file
Hungry!! Try these food outlets
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.
Note There will be NO SHUTTLE service this year. Enjoy your Cardio Workout!
Tweeting about this year's SWATCA? Add us @swatca and use the tag #swatca.
Alternate PD options for the 2017 convention are considered from Sept. 2016 to December 15, 2016
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)