FANTASYLAND HOTEL, EDMONTON, AB  •  November 1-3, 2018

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Friday, November 2

3:00pm MDT

Alberta Education: K-4 Curriculum Update
Updating the curriculum is critical to helping students develop the skills they need to realize their dreams. The Government of Alberta is giving students the tools they need to succeed in a fast changing world and critical to that work, is updating our curriculum. 
Alberta Education has partnered with The Alberta Teachers’ Association on the development of future curriculum in English and French. More than 300 individuals are giving their time and talents over and above the work they do professionally to move future curriculum forward. They will be developing curriculum through to Grade 12 until 2022. 
Alberta Education has released drafts of the proposed Kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts and Wellness Education and will release revised drafts that incorporate feedback from Albertans later in the fall. Alberta Education is also engaging with stakeholders and will coordinate the collaborative development of a curriculum implementation plan

avatar for Dr. Vera Janjic-Watrich

Dr. Vera Janjic-Watrich

Senior Manager, Alberta Education - Early Years
Vera Janjic-Watrich is the Senior Manager in the Early Years Branch at Alberta Education and is currently involved in K-4 curriculum development. She is presently the Alberta Education representative for the ECEC Provincial Council. She holds a PhD, Master’s Degree, Diploma, and... Read More →

Dr. Kathryn Smith

Senior Manager, Alberta Education
Kathryn Smith received her PhD in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. The focus of her doctoral and master’s research was musical play in early childhood. Dr. Smith was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa outstanding dissertation award in 2008 for her work, Musical Play... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm MDT
Ballroom E

4:30pm MDT

ECEC Annual General Meeting (AND SPECIAL PRIZE!), Appie Hour
Join us for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). There will be a large prize drawn at the end of the meeting for those who attend.

After the AGM, stay and join us for Appie Hour!

Friday November 2, 2018 4:30pm - 8:30pm MDT
Room 6
Saturday, November 3

10:45am MDT

Cliffs and Ceilings and Labyrinths: Oh My!
Do you ever look around your school, your district, or your province and wonder where all the women leaders are? Have you noticed that there are not many women sitting around the table where the decisions are made? Didn’t the women’s movement in the 70s fix all that? In this session, we will delve into the concept of secondary bias, and what this means for women who aspire to positional leadership. We will identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today and come to understand when and how gender plays a role in both organizational and personal advancement. And we will end with a discussion about the “Me Too” movement and how this may affect women in the workplace today and into the future.

avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, The Alberta Teachers Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal... Read More →

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom D

10:45am MDT

Draft Provincial Curriculum Plan for Implementation
Join representatives from Alberta Education to learn more about the preliminary draft of the implementation plan for the new curriculum. Alberta Education will share a draft of the plan, developed in collaboration with leaders from across the education system, in order to gather insight and feedback from teachers on the proposed approach.


Lori Bell

Executive Director, Early Middle Years Sector in the Curriculum Division
Lori Bell is the Executive Director of the Early Middle Years Sector in the Curriculum Division. Lori has been an early years teacher for over 30 years. A majority of her teaching experience spans Kindergarten to Grade 3 but she has also taught upper elementary. Lori was a school... Read More →

Kim Brockhoff

Executive Director, Alberta Education - Curriculum Coordination and Implementation in the Curriculum Division
Kim Brockhoff is the Executive Director, Curriculum Coordination and Implementation in the Curriculum Division at Alberta Education. Kim joined Alberta Education in 2006 and has a background in research, stakeholder engagement and software development. During her time with Alberta... Read More →

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
Ballroom C

10:45am MDT