South Western Alberta Teachers' Convention Association
Learning With E's
(Inspiring the Engaged Thinker, Ethical Citizen, Entrepreneurial Spirit)
Our 116th Annual Convention will be held at the
University of Lethbridge
February 19 & 20, 2015
Thursday Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Debbie Silver
"Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun, and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.
Our Friday Keynote will be
A spirit lifting journey into some of the planet’s best wilderness locations.
A keynote presentation by Brian Keating
Brian Keating has been traveling the wilds of the world for over a quarter of a century, exploring some 50 countries on all 7 continents. His passion for remote travel will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of story telling. Punctuated throughout with humour and personal anecdotes, he’ll illustrate his presentation with his own live-narrated video segments.
His first experience with Sacred Groves was in a remote, dusty and forgotten corner of Ghana, in West Africa. Since then, his interest in these small forested fragments and their biological significance has taken him on an exploration into Ethiopia, where Sacred Groves number in the thousands. The relevance of these isolated islands of diversity has since led him back to Canada, where some of his discoveries will most certainly surprise and intrigue you. His presentation is designed to inspire and enthuse, offering hope for a better tomorrow.
Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts, and a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C, and the owner of www.goingwild.org"Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoo.
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Notice The Alternate PD activities will be considered from Sept. 2014 to December 15, 2014
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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)