Association of Adult Educators
Conference 2017

Make Every Connection Count

October 27, 2017, NSCC - Marconi Campus

 

Agenda

8:30 am  - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome
9:20 am - 10:15 am Concurrent Workshops A
10:15 am – 10:30 am Nutrition Break - Gallery
10:35 am - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Workshops B
11:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch ***
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm AAE Annual General Meeting
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote Address
Moving Forward, Positive and Connected - Kate Snyder

*** Lunch will be provided and is included as part of your registration fee.  In staying environmentally conscious, and to avoid excess, please indicate on the registration form if you wish to receive a lunch


Conference Details

Contacts

Kevin Wilson, Faculty
NSCC – Marconi Campus
P.O. Box 1042,
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
Phone: (902)563-8074
Fax: (902)563-0511
E-mail: aaeconference@nstu.ca

Fees

Conference Fee:  $100.00
Students / Substitutes / Retirees:  $70.00
Registration fee includes lunch. 

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registration Deadlines

October 13, 2017

See bottom of the page to access both methods.

Accommodations

Hearthstone Inn Sydney

Standard Room - $99.00 until October 14, 2017.  Rates include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, parking, high-speed wireless internet, swimming pool, fitness center, dining room.  Rates are subject to applicable taxes. 
560 King’s Road, Sydney, NS B1S 1B8
Reservations:  1-902-539-0181 Toll free 1-800-422-8025 please quote: attending AAE Conference
www.hearthstonehospitality.ca

Cambridge Suites Sydney

Standard Room - $121.00 until October 14, 2017.  Rates include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, parking, high-speed wireless internet, spa hot tub, fitness center, dining room.  Rates are subject to applicable taxes. 
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS B1P 1B1
Reservations:  1-902-562-6500, 1-902-564-2017 Toll free 1-800-565-9466 please quote: attending AAE Conference
www.cambridgesuitessydney.com

Keynote Address - Kate Snyder

Moving Forward, Positive and Connected

Connecting our teaching practices across the province is critical as we seek to better support students in their transitions across educational systems and into work and careers. Kate Snyder, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Specialist at NSCC, will explore how using UDL as a common focus and framework for practice can help us not only support students, but also one another. UDL can be a common thread in our classrooms and in educator networks that connect us within and between our systems. 

Kate Snyder has been the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Specialist at NSCC since August, 2015. She is an educator who has taught in both P-12 and post-secondary educational settings in Canada and the US. Kate has a doctorate in education and holds teaching certification in middle school education, P-12 special education, and reading intervention. Kate has spent much of her career collaborating with students and colleagues to design accessible learning environments and to promote educational practices that engage all learners. She currently works with NSCC faculty and staff to support their development of flexible approaches to teaching and learning across the college.

Workshop Descriptions

Concurrent Workshop I – 9:20 to 10:15

A1.         Transforming Youth Mental Health  
The presentation will outline:

  • The current state and statistics of youth mental health across Canada
  • Initiatives being implemented in order to better serve children, adolescents, and young adults
  • The Fish Net Model of services that we are implementing at Eskasoni Mental Health for the community and how we are working with service providers across many disciplines including educators and school front-line workers.

We will also be presenting ACCESS Open Minds:
ACCESS Open Minds is the first network launched under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) through a funding partnership between CIHR and the Graham Boeckh Foundation.  ACCESS stands for Adolescent/young adult Connections to Community-driven, Early, Strengths-based, and Stigma-free services.  This project aims to improve the outcomes of Canadians aged 11 to 25 experiencing mental health problems. The innovative, evidence-based model seeks to achieve five key objectives at each site known as the five pillars: early identification, rapid access, continuity of care beyond the age of 18 years, appropriate care, and family and youth engagement and participation.                                                                                    
Eskasoni First Nation was chosen as one of twelve sites across the country to participate in this initiative and like the rest of the project; our site seeks to change the way youth access services and to engage young people in ways that improve individual and community well-being.  This will be done through collaboration with youth, families, caregivers, community organizers, and service providers to ensure seamless access to care and to reduce gaps in services across organizations.  This care will be delivered in youth-friendly ways based on the principles of inclusion, respect, participation, empowerment, and hope.
Presenter – Heather Rudderham, M.A., Psy. D.,  ACCESS – Open Minds Network Canada Mental Health Clinician
Maximum:  50 participants

A2.         Community of Practice: That is what they are and why you should be in one
This workshop introduces the concept of Communities of Practice, and how they can be effective tools for teacher professional development, as well as a grassroots facilitator of knowledge development, change and innovation.
Presenter – Andrew Stevens, Academic Chair, NSCC
Maximum:  40 participants

A3.         Classroom Technology Primer
Technology is changing the world of education. It can help you better engage students, make the most of teaching time, and enable students to learn new skills. But with so many options out there, how do you make good choices about integrating technology into great teaching practice? Designed for newer faculty and staff beginning to explore modern technology in the classroom, this concise and entertaining workshop will spark great ideas on teaching with technology, while showing you how to make it work. You’ll be introduced to some fundamental classroom technologies and techniques to effectively evaluate and integrate technology into classroom delivery and management.
Presenter – Stephen Parsons, Manager Program Development, NSCC
Maximum:  20 participants

A4.         Marconi Campus Tour
The environmentally-friendly Marconi Campus offers a range of programs and a friendly learning atmosphere. Students enjoy plenty of open space with comfy seating, quiet study areas, wireless access and computer labs. The campus business centre serves as an incubator for small businesses and provides opportunities for students to work part-time in their field of study, and build their portfolio. A new trades wing features shop space, classrooms, offices and a green design, meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Presenter – Kara Thompson, Student Services, NSCC
Maximum:  30 participants

A5.      Focus Group on the Public School Program
During this interactive session, all participants will contribute to the update of the Public School Program, with a particular focus on education at the secondary level. Participants will work in small groups to discuss key questions including:
- high school diplomas 
- high school graduation requirements
- different pathways
- credit system
- structure and programming at the secondary level 
Diane Racette, Consultante, MEDPE
Maximum:  25 participants

Concurrent Workshop II – 10:35 to 11:30

B1.         From Community College to University
A presentation of the results of my research on the transition to university from community college. Does transformational learning take place at community college and what effect does this have on our students? The theme “Make Every Connection Count” is so relevant to the work that we do every day. My research has shown that connections students make with faculty and staff in our institutions is a significant factor in their improvement in confidence and success in lifelong learning. This presentation will review the stories of 12 community college grads who have pursued university following college.
Presenter – Fred Tilley, Principal, NSCC
Maximum:  55 participants

B2.         Community of Practice: How to Design, Develop and Grow a Sustainable Community of Practice 
This workshop discusses the concepts and challenges around designing, developing and growing a sustainable community of practice.
Presenter – Andrew Stephens, Academic Chair, NSCC
Maximum:  40 participants

B3. Contemporary Classroom Technologies        
Educational Technology is evolving at a substantial pace and so it is challenging to keep up for teachers who are already burdened with full loads and challenging class dynamics. This workshop is designed for those with a good grasp of basic classroom technologies looking to find emerging applications that can ease the load, better engage learners, and create space and time in this busy career. The hands-on workshop will have you experiencing and evaluating several emerging technologies that may help you get that handle on the bigger challenges you face as an educator.
Presenter – Stephen Parsons, Manager Program Development, NSCC
Maximum:  20 participants

B4.         Connecting With Ourselves
Meditation is a practice that allows you to meet your authentic self. Together, through breathing we will take the time to discover or rediscover its own foundation and reconnect with the present moment.
Presenter – Stephanie Godin, Meditation Practitioner
Maximum:  25 participants

B5.      Focus Group on the Public School Program
During this interactive session, all participants will contribute to the update of the Public School Program, with a particular focus on education at the secondary level. Participants will work in small groups to discuss key questions including:
- high school diplomas 
- high school graduation requirements
- different pathways
- credit system
- structure and programming at the secondary level 
Diane Racette, Consultante, MEDPE
Maximum:  25 participants


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