The Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta Teachers’ Convention 2023
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AISCA Teachers’ Convention 2023:
Better, Together! Literacy & Numeracy
DATE: Friday, February 17, 2023
TIME: 9:00AM - 3:30PM

AISCA’s “Better, Together!” teachers conference has quickly become an annual highlight on the PD calendar. We owe much of our success to the many educators and leaders who have stepped up to lead engaging and informative workshops. This year our theme is “Better, Together!: Literacy & Numeracy.”

Based on last year’s success, the conference will be taking place in multiple locations! We will be hosting in-person conferences in Calgary and Edmonton, and an online option will also be available.

Participants will be able to attend both keynote presentations, either in-person (Calgary) or via live stream (Edmonton and Online).

NOTE: Keynote presentations will be live streamed from Calgary to Edmonton & Online. Breakout sessions differ by venue. When registering, please choose the location that works best for you!

Keynote 1 - Dr. John Mighton
Our Mathematical Minds: Why Math is the Key to Equity at School and in Life
9:15AM – 10:00AM

Dr. John Mighton, OC, is an award-winning mathematician and playwright, best-selling author, and founder of JUMP Math, who is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking work building children’s confidence, skills, and success in math.

Due to the overwhelming success of this tutoring initiative, John founded JUMP Math (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) in 2002 to address what he believed to be unnecessary inequities in student math achievement.

Dr. Mighton’s national best-selling book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, describes his successes with JUMP Math, and how anyone can learn and teach math. In May 2007 John released a follow-up book called, The End of Ignorance, as a further exploration of the JUMP Math philosophy and methods. In 2020, John released a third book titled, All Things Being Equal: Why Math is the Key to a Better World.

Keynote 2 - Lorraine Reggin
Robust and Explicit Vocabulary Instruction in the Classroom: Closing the Vocabulary Gap
10:00AM – 10:45AM

Lorraine Reggin is a PhD candidate in the Language Processing Lab, part of the University of Calgary’s ChILD Research Group. Lorraine obtained a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Alberta Health Services for almost 10 years in Calgary area schools. She then stayed home with her two boys who are now in grades 4 and 6. Lorraine began to pursue her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in September 2018 and is now pursuing a passion to explore her research interests and bridging that with her clinical practice. She is studying how children learn abstract vocabulary, words that refer to something you cannot see or touch; like peace, friendship, and hope. She is also interested in literacy and the role of the home language environment. Lorraine has peer-reviewed research on the development of abstract vocabulary, addressing the challenge of learning sarcasm in children, and exploring what research can tell educators about learning language. Lorraine has also published in The Conversation and presented posters at national conferences. Lorraine received a Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization from Bishop’s University in 2021. Lorraine works with Calgary Reads on a community-based research project and is now managing the transition of Little Red Reading House to University of Calgary.

8:00am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 9:15am Opening
9:15am - 10:45am Keynote Presentations
10:45am - 11:05am Wellness Break
11:05am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions A
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions B
2:10pm - 2:20pm Transition Time
2:20pm - 3:30pm Breakout Sessions C
3:30pm Day Ends