2021/22 Specialist Council Events has ended
Welcome to the Alberta Teachers’ Association Specialist Council event page for the 2021/2022 school year.  These events are sponsored by the 21 specialist councils of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. All active teachers in the ATA are entitled to one no-cost Specialist Council membership and can subscribe to as many other councils as they like.  To join a council, members can click on https://bit.ly/SpecialistCouncilJoin.

To find more about any of the events, you can click on the event and follow the subsequent link.
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Monday, August 23


8th Annual Physical Education Summer Symposium – Virtual Edition (HPEC)
Presented by: FFCA, MRU, and HPEC
The Week of Monday August 23 to Friday August 27, 2021

Please join us for this excellent physical education professional development opportunity during the
week of August 23 – 27, 2021. There is no cost to participate in this event. Please complete your
registration through the google link:

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Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC)

MissionThe Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC), as a professional organization of teachers, advocates for quality health and physical education programs and provides opportunities for professional growth and development of its members. HPEC is committed to providing leadership... Read More →

Monday August 23, 2021 TBA
Saturday, October 9

4:00pm MDT

Mapping Electoral Districts (SSC)
Audience: Teachers (Grades 7 to 12) in a variety of subject areas, including Geography; Civics; Politics; Law; Social Sciences; and French Immersion and FSL
Presenter: Joseph Péloquin-Hopfner, Education Coordinator, Elections Canada
What makes an electoral district fair? That is the inquiry question that students explore as they draw their own electoral boundaries on an imaginary country’s map. They consider the geographic factors, both human and physical, that guide the real process of federal electoral redistribution. In this webinar, we will discuss the concepts of fairness and equity. We will also discover how challenging redistribution can be through the experience of an Elections Canada geographer who explains her role in the real process. We will share best practices in inquiry learning that aim to keep students engaged, thinking and exploring their own place in our elections and democracy. This resource is perfect for engaging Social Studies classrooms reviewing elements of Geography; Civics; Politics; Law; Social Sciences; and French Immersion and FSL. We will share easy-to-use tools you can work with to engage your students in our democracy, whether your classroom is online, in person or both.

Saturday October 9, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Wednesday, October 13

10:00am MDT

Tuesday, October 19

8:45am MDT

2021 Conference (CSC)

Tuesday October 19, 2021 8:45am - Wednesday October 20, 2021 12:30pm MDT
Thursday, October 21


Weatherproof Your Practice: Get Outside and Learn Speaker Series (HPEC/GEOEC/EAS)
More details at: ITR21_22-Session-Details-HPEC.pdf (everactive.org)

SESSION 1 -TEACHING PHILOSOPHIES AND CONNECTIONS TO THE LAND October 21, 7:00pm Presented by Hanna Burger, Elder Flora Northwest & others
This session will encourage participants to examine their teaching philosophies and explore how they can connect and learn from the land. Participants will have the honour to listen to Elders and leaders in the field on how to reflect, learn, and grow when connecting with the land.

Presented by Lynden Suntjens, Tracey Gilmour & others
This session will explore the curation of traditional games equipment kits, followed by a panel discussion where the group will discuss resources, places to procure equipment, grant opportunities and stories about schools that are paving the way in outdoor learning.

Presented by Scott Bailey, Lynden Suntjens & Dr. Shannon Kell
In this session we will discuss how to connect outdoor learning with curriculum outcomes in various subject areas. Participants will have the chance to hop between rooms to discuss what it looks to include the outdoors in different subjects.

SESSION 4 - PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER January 26th, 9:00am-4:30pm (Shaping the Future Pre-Conference)
Presented by Court Rustemeyer
To bring it all together, we end this series with a full-day session at the Shaping the Future. This day will be filled with hands-on nature-based learning activities and Session 4 overcoming roadblocks of incorporating outdoor learning into your classroom.

Thursday October 21, 2021 TBA

5:00pm MDT

Inquiry, Equity and Engagement Conference (SSC)

Thursday October 21, 2021 5:00pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:00pm MDT
Friday, October 22

8:00am MDT

Saturday, October 23

9:00am MDT

SLIC 2021 PD Day and AGM Registration

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Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC)

The mission of the Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC) shall be:To promote, support and celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity in Alberta’s public education system.The council strives to action this vision through its mission, which is to:enable Alberta teachers... Read More →

Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 12:15pm MDT

9:30am MDT

Transforming the Arts (FAC)
Additional conference information can be accessed on the council's website at: https://fac.teachers.ab.ca/

Saturday October 23, 2021 9:30am - 1:30pm MDT
Monday, November 1

7:00pm MDT

World Catholic Education Virtual Pub Night (RMEC)
RMEC presents its second virtual pub night on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm on ZOOM. Join us for a free evening of inspiration and entertainment! Register for free at: www.tinyurl.com/WCEpubnight

DETAILS: https://zoom.us/j/99878088828?pwd=WXc2UkM5eGJLeDJLa3FKNG9NRHZxdz09

HOSTS: Nick Simoni and Chris Ferguson

Monday November 1, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Saturday, November 6

9:45am MDT

Science Rocks!
For the SC virtual conference this year, the conference/registration link is
This event is free.

Saturday November 6, 2021 9:45am - 2:30pm MDT
Wednesday, November 10

7:00pm MST

Further information can be found here: ITR21_22-Session-Details-HPEC.pdf (everactive.org) 

Wednesday November 10, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm MST
Friday, November 12

10:30am MST

Prendre soin de soi pour mieux accompagner les autres en enseignement (LCF)
« Rien ne va plus en éducation parce qu’à force de focaliser uniquement sur les besoins des élèves, on met une pression constante sur les acteurs du système. Les décisions s’appuient souvent sur leur capacité d’adaptation et de faire tout avec rien dans un contexte de ressources déficientes qui contribue à leur épuisement psychologique. »


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Professeure Nancy Goyette

Nancy Goyette, Ph. D., est professeure et chercheure au département des sciences de l'éducation de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Elle s'intéresse au bienêtre dans les institutions éducatives ainsi qu'à la construction identitaire chez les enseignants. Elle développe... Read More →

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Le Conseil français (LCF)

MissionLe Conseil français vise à améliorer la compétence professionnelle des enseignants qui se servent du français comme langue d’enseignement en leur fournissant l’occasion :d’approfondir leurs connaissances pédagogiques et linguistiquesde découvrir ou d’approfondir... Read More →

Friday November 12, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Saturday, November 13

9:00am MST

Soaring With Knowledge Conference (IEC)
Registration and additional information can be found at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtceCrrDIjGdBkely0ttsPYTJZi0bRFwvi

Saturday November 13, 2021 9:00am - 3:00pm MST

10:00am MST

Council of School Counsellors Keynote Event and Annual AGM (CSC)
Alberta School Counsellors are invited to the council's Keynote Event and Annual AGM on Nov 13, 2021. Dr Astrid Kendrick will be speaking about Compassion Fatigue. Please register below.

Saturday November 13, 2021 10:00am - 2:00pm MST
Tuesday, November 16

5:00pm MST

Book Club: A Knock on the Door
This is the first of four book clubs. For Council members, the book will be purchased and ship the book to you. At this event we will also be deciding future meeting dates and books.

Tuesday November 16, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm MST
Wednesday, December 1

4:00pm MST

ECEC PD Speaker Series (South Peace Regional)
December 1—I Teach Phonics...So Why Should I Attend?
Are you teaching phonics in an explicit systematic sequential way? Are you teaching analytical phonics or synthetic phonics? Have you heard of the Reading Rope? Are you wanting to help all of the students in your classroom be successful with reading? If you want answers to these questions then this is the PD session for you. Join April Brown to talk about how to help all of your students be successful with reading and spelling.

December 9
Did you know that Phonemic Awareness is crucial for reading, and the other skills of Phonological Awareness are the foundation for phonemic awareness? During this session we will discuss the difference between the two, talk about the sequential development of skills and share resources that will help you build this work into your early childhood classroom.

Presenter Carolyn Hovey-Johnson is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working in preschool and schools for over 20 years. She has recently contributed to the re-developed literacy framework for K to Grade 1 in the Peace Wapiti School Division, along with a committee of amazing teachers.

January 18—Teaching Sentence Writing

Registration and additional information can be found at: https://ececpdspeakerseries.sched.com/

Wednesday December 1, 2021 4:00pm - Tuesday January 18, 2022 5:00pm MST
Friday, December 3


ACPI National Conference in Partnership with Le Conseil français

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Le Conseil français (LCF)

MissionLe Conseil français vise à améliorer la compétence professionnelle des enseignants qui se servent du français comme langue d’enseignement en leur fournissant l’occasion :d’approfondir leurs connaissances pédagogiques et linguistiquesde découvrir ou d’approfondir... Read More →

Friday December 3, 2021 TBA
Tuesday, April 5

7:00pm MDT

Saturday, April 9

10:30am MDT

Literacy in the Age of COVID: Lessons Learned & Looking Forward

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Alberta School Learning Commons Council (ASLC)

Why School Libraries MatterA school library is a “school’s physical and virtual information-to-knowledge commons where reading, literacy, inquiry, thinking, imagination, discovery and creativity are central to students’ learning and knowledge development in all curriculums and... Read More →

Saturday April 9, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Sunday, April 10

9:00am MDT

uLead 2022 (CSL)
uLead and the Canadian Association of Principals will hold a joint conference in April, 2022.  Registration for the event will open on March 22.  Watch for more details in the weeks to come.

The theme for uLead 2022 is Reimagining School Leadership. The world ‘principal’ has its roots in the idea of a teacher who serves in the role of ‘principal teacher’. We are looking for presentations that support and expand on the idea that school leaders are teachers first and speak to instructional leadership as opposed to being administrators or managers.

Confirmed keynote presenters include Barbara Watterston, Debbie Pushor, Pasi Sahlberg, Adrian Piccoli, Beatriz Pont, Senior Policy Analyst - OECD, l and Steve Munby with many more to be added to the roster in the coming weeks.

Share your voice at uLead: tinyurl.com/ulead22

See what people are saying about uLead: https://vimeopro.com/ideafactory/ulead

Sunday April 10, 2022 9:00am - Tuesday April 12, 2022 2:00pm MDT
Friday, April 22

6:00pm MDT

Connecting to Our Roots (Early Childhood Education Council)
Further conference information details can be found on the council website at: http://www.ecec-ata.com/ 

Friday April 22, 2022 6:00pm - Saturday April 23, 2022 2:45pm MDT
Friday, April 29


Monday, May 2

7:00pm MDT

Finding Dawn (IEC)
In recognition of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on May 5th, the Alberta Teacher’s Association Indigenous Education Council is partnering with the National Film Board of Canada to host a discussion night about the film, Finding Dawn.

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh crafted this gripping documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The film takes a journey to Vancouver's skid row, down the Highway of Tears in Northern BC, and on to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of women remain unsolved.

For more information: IEC - Home (indigenousedc.ca)

Monday May 2, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Thursday, May 5


Back to Banff (MYC)
A Conference on Celebrating and Surviving the Middle Years

For registration details: https://www.ata-myc.com/

Thursday May 5, 2022 TBA
Friday, May 6


Friday, May 13

5:00pm MDT

Brave Teacher: The Cost of Courage and Call to Hope (RMEC/SSC)
An exclusive in-person event for members of the ATA Religious and Moral Education Council, and the ATA Social Studies Council. We seek to help teachers understand they are also front line workers who are bearing the cost of being brave during this pandemic. The hope of this conference is to give back to teachers and other members of our community who have done so much for society.

Registration and additional information at: http://www.braveteacherconference.com/

Friday May 13, 2022 5:00pm - Saturday May 14, 2022 9:00pm MDT
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel 2620 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6B8
Thursday, May 26

9:00am MDT

Monday, June 13

7:00pm MDT

Friday, October 21


FirstSTEAM2022 (FAC/SC First Joint Conference)
In the energy industry, the achievement of First Steam is a milestone representing a system designed to withstand excessive forces surviving its first operational run. As a collaboration of two disciplinary councils, we the Fine Arts and the Science Councils of the Alberta Teachers Association, embark on this STEAM* powered journey to uncover the inner workings of life for our students. We hope to inspire courage and curiosity to see what lies beneath the technologies that enable us to glide through life effortlessly. We are also here to celebrate life and to ask each other tough questions. Have humans gone too far? It is our first and timely exploration together as educators.

Friday October 21, 2022 TBA
Banff Centre
Thursday, November 17



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