Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia

ATENS Conference 2016

Can We Talk?

 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Location and Host Hotel

Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel
240 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia  B3B 1X6

Host Hotel Rates:  $121.95 (plus tax) if booked by September 27, 2016.

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Agenda

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Check-in/Registration
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. AGM in Commodore A
 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Master Classes
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.  - 11:15 a.m. Session A
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Session B (Lunch option 1)
12:25 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Session C (Lunch option 2)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Session D

Please Note

  • Our conference this year provides two lunches to allow for a larger number of attendees.  Please select one lunch in either session B or C time slot.
  • Vendors display in the Commodore Room all day.

Registration

Registration is online only.  Deadline is October 14, 2016.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Conference Fee (includes copy of Kimberlins) $95.00
Student / Substitute / Retiree Conference Fee (includes copy of Kimberlins) $85.00

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

If you have any concerns about online registration or payment, please contact us at (atensconference@nstu.ca).

Biographies of Presenters

Des Adams has been motivating minds, both human and canine since junior high. He discovered the art of spoken word in 2007 and has been on a mission ever since, taking words from the heart and encouraging youth to speak up for themselves as they are the leaders of tomorrow. He has held workshops and made many appearances as a guest speaker in schools all over Nova Scotia and was named one of the Maritimes’ “...most influential individuals in their 20’s” by the Halifax Chronicle Herald. He has volunteered his work to Halifax Rad Pride, Poetry 4 Progress and other community events, featured at Toronto’s Rock Paper Sistahz event, the Creative NS Awards Gala titled, “Art Out Loud”, and has performed for the NS Justice Department, African Nova Scotian Music Awards and the Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, former Governor General and Commander in-chief of Canada.

Janet Balcom.  Volunteering with Syrian newcomers, Janet Balcom saw her career start in ESL in Dartmouth then Ottawa where she obtained a Masters in Teaching Second Languages. Her experience ranges from International Consultancy on Education Reform in Jordan to classroom teaching of French, Fine Arts and Multimedia. She has taught a Masters in Technology at MSVU, presented virtually to teachers of the Caribbean, held an Acting Board Technology Consultancy, and made cross-cultural connections between NS and Cree students in northern Alberta. Janet Balcom, BA, BEd, MEd, MEd, Cert Tech is the recipient of a Kappa Gamma Pi medal for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. She proudly has family from the Middle East.

Effie Boutilier has had as the main focus of her 30+ year teaching career junior and senior English Language Arts.  For the past 10+ years, she has been coaching competitive debating at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High school, but has been using debating in her English classroom for many years beyond that. Her competitive debate teams have had tremendous individual and team success over the years, with her school currently holding the title of reigning Nova Scotia Senior High Team Champions as well as Top Individual Senior High debater in the province. Even those debaters who do not win tournaments or go on to National Championships gain confidence and skills which serve them in many areas of their academic and personal lives. Effie has judged and moderated at provincial and national debate tournament, is on the Nova Scotia Debating Society Board of Directors, and has been teacher advisor for Team Nova Scotia at 2 National Debate Seminars (Most recently 2015 in Victoria , BC), and will be helping Nova Scotia to host that event this year. 

Bill Doucet is the Teacher Mentor for Technology Integration for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, a position he has held for seven years. He was a classroom teacher for 23 years before that, teaching at both the elementary and high school levels. In his “out of school time” he sings and plays guitar and percussion in the band SWIG. 

Melissa Downey has been an educator with the Halifax Regional School Board for 9 years. She teaches at Nelson Whynder Elementary in North Preston.

Shaun Doyle has been teaching ELA for 12 years and has always been looking for a way to make his job more meaningful...and less time consuming. His interests lie in using Speaking and Listening to not only meet outcomes, but to allow students to tap into their understanding of the world around them.  Since meeting Trevor Pierce, Shaun's life has not been the same. Through working with Pierce, Doyle has been expanding his teaching into using the Writer’s checklist, Improv and Socratic process.  Doyle enjoys making his beautiful wife laugh and watching his awe inspiring son grow up. Shaun is founder of www.JaysFromtheCouch.com and host of the Jays Nest Podcast available on iTunes and other platforms.

Shauntay Grant is the author of Up Home and other literary and performance works using Black English. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Tom Henderson is a curriculum consultant in the African Canadian Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Patti Huston-MacIsaac is a teacher, artist, and performer who has been involved in the school system since 1996.  Starting her career teaching adults in the Northwest Territories to her current position teaching English and art in the French school board, she has long enjoyed indulging in the creative and language arts domains.  Patti lives in Antigonish with her husband, their eight kids, two dogs, and one very edgy cat. She is a huge fan of the Snapchat filter that erases all the rough edges.  If forced to choose, she would opt for lobster season over the Christmas season.

El Jones is a spoken word artist, teacher, and activist. She was the Poet Laureate of Halifax from 2013-2015. El was a 2015 fellow of the prestigious International Writing Program in Iowa. She is a two-time national slam poetry champion and has performed, lectured and taught nationally and internationally. Her book, Live from the Afrikan Resistance!, was released in 2014 from Roseway Press. El also writes Saturday Morning File, a black political feminist news commentary, for the Halifax Examiner. El is dedicated to community work, and co-hosts Youth Now! radio, which broadcasts live with prisoners in Burnside facility, where they sharing poems, raps, experiences and their voices with those outside. She is a co-founder and mentor of Centreline Studios, housed in the Uniacke Centre for Community Development, which provides arts programming and youth engagement in the Uniacke Square community. El has taught at many universities across Halifax, and is in demand as a speaker and lecturer on social justice issues. El is most influenced and inspired by the many nameless and unrewarded women who labour every day in their communities with love.

Sandy Keddy holds a Masters of Education in Literacy Education and has been teaching in the HRSB since 2002 at both the junior and senior high levels.  During these years, she has worked with the GSA, The Canadian Improv Games, various musicals, board game clubs, and writing clubs. Outside school, Sandy is a visual artist, writer, and edits the ATENS literary magazine, Kimberlins.  She does her utmost to blend creativity and hands-on activities in her ELA classrooms.

Tracey Knox completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in 2014 from AYTT. She has taught various sciences for 13 years.

Tracey MacDonnell is a wife, a mother of three and a teacher who loves what she does! Teaching English, Yoga and Social Studies at SAERC is where she can be found Monday to Friday and at the Port Hawkesbury YMCA two nights a week instructing a Centergy class in the dance studio. Her personal philosophy is a famous quotation by Maya Angelou:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  She is looking forward to seeing all of you on your mats in her Centergy class where she will be given the opportunity to teach like she means it.

Anna Nibby-Woods is a Mi'kmaq, an artist, and an entrepreneur. Nibby-Woods is a hyphenated combo: Nibby is a pre-contact name meaning leaf and pronounced Nip-peech. Interestingly, Anna married a “Woods.” For the past thirty-five years Anna has worked in print, advertising and communication industries in one capacity or another as a graphic artist, production manager, art director, estimator, illustrator, copy writer, etcetera. Over the years Anna has diversified into several other fields including diversity management, cultural sensitivity and cultural ecotourism. As an artist; images, stories and concepts gleaned from Anna’s Mi’kmaq culture become inspiration for her paintings, sculptures, drawings, and writings.

Trevor Pierce has been teaching ELA, Social Studies, Drama, and other subjects in the HRSB for 11 years.  He was also a Literacy Coach for 3 years.  He currently teaches at Eastern Passage Education Centre.  Trevor met Shaun in 2007 and they have been coworkers, teammates and friends ever since they bonded over Rihanna.  Trevor and Shaun love to try new things, fail, and then do them again until they get it right.

Joanne Richardson-Landry has been teaching within the AVRSB for twenty years as an English and French teacher. She also spent a year at the Board level as a Programs Consultant for Middle and High School. Her most valued professional development is the work she does at the provincial level. Whether it’s sitting as a Table Leader during marking sessions, developing materials for the Literacy assessments, determining cut-scores or evaluating books for classrooms, working with colleagues from around the province is her most valued PD of all.

Rachel Ross Mantley has explored Culturally and Linguistically Responsive instructional approaches to educating African Nova Scotian learners as a Literacy Coach with Halifax Regional School Board.

David Sable, PhD, is an applied mindfulness educator, researcher, consultant, and coach. He specializes in applying mindfulness practices to learning, inquiry, and dialogue as tools for deepening self-discovery, improving communication, and exploring new perspectives. He has been teaching undergraduates at Saint Mary's University for 16 years, training faculty for 10 years, and training K-12 teachers for the last four years. David is currently teaching Inquiry into Contemplative Education in the graduate education program at Mount Saint Vincent University. He practices mindfulness as a way to engage life with more clarity, caring, and confidence.

John Somerton has worked for fourteen years as an Itinerant Teacher in Halifax, NS for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Prior to that, he worked in a variety of settings with homeless teens, young offenders, addicts, and special needs children.

Derek Stephenson has been teaching with the HRSB since 2002, and has been calling Cole Harbour District High his home base of operations since 2006.  It was early in his second year at CHDHS that he hit upon the idea of a multi-disciplinary unit for literal thinkers and hands-on-learners that involved foraging for plastic limbs in the woods behind the school.

Workshop Descriptions

Master Classes:  9:00 – 10:10

Master Class 1:  What you Hear is What you Get: Spoken Word Workshop
El Jones
Levels: All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  250)
Power and presence of spoken word. Spoken word as a tool for shaping identity. The importance of voice. Using spoken word to address contemporary issues and politics. Spoken word as self-transformation. Using arts to reach racialized students. Spoken word and empowerment in the classroom.

Master Class 2:  The Talking Stick—Listening to Understand
Anna Nibby-Woods

Levels:    (Maximum Participants:  80)
In this session, Nibby-Woods will guide you through an exploration of the talking stick. What is a talking stick? Who would use it and for what purpose? When and how would a talking stick be used? Nibby-Woods will show her own talking sticks and demonstrate how they can be used not only as a communication tool but as an art form and tool to express self to community.

Master Class 3:  Negotiating a Black Language in English Language Arts
Melissa Downey, Shauntay Grant, Tom Henderson, Rachel Ross Mantley
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  60)
This panel examines Black Language in English Language Arts, with emphasis on contemporary practices for writing and teaching Black English in collaboration with cultural communities, preserving and celebrating regional languages, and transferring spoken language onto the printed page. The languages and cultural practices of Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities inspires the presenter’s queries: What techniques should be championed when transferring a spoken language onto the printed page? How does a linguistic variation approach to instruction build student agency and academic achievement? How might provincial ministries and departments of education address curricula and teaching practices to better support students’ home language?

Master Class 4:  Deeper Understanding: Beyond Speaking and Listening Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Levels:  Middle/ High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Using Socratic Circle Discussions allows students and teacher to deepen their understanding of not only what they're reading, but each other and the world around them. Socratic Circles allow students to meet multiple Speaking and Listening outcomes in a safe, non-threatening way. Through dialogue, you will be amazed at the levels of comprehension to which your students will bring you.

Full morning session:  10:15  - 12:20

If attending this workshop, please ensure you select Lunch Option C6.

A6/B4  Discovering and Applying Mindfulness
David Sable, Ph.D.
Can We Talk?
  (Maximum Participants:  40)
Mindfulness is a form of listening to ourselves, others, and the world. In this workshop, we will explore practices that incorporate mindfulness of body, feeling, and thinking into self-discovery, reflective listening, journal writing, reflective inquiry, and dialogue. Please come prepared to slow down and discover something new.

Session A:  10:15 – 11:15

A-1  Negotiating a Black Language in English Language Arts
Melissa Downey, Shauntay Grant, Tom Henderson, Rachel Ross Mantley
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  60)
This panel examines Black Language in English Language Arts, with emphasis on contemporary practices for writing and teaching Black English in collaboration with cultural communities, preserving and celebrating regional languages, and transferring spoken language onto the printed page. The languages and cultural practices of Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities inspires the presenter’s queries: What techniques should be championed when transferring a spoken language onto the printed page? How does a linguistic variation approach to instruction build student agency and academic achievement? How might provincial ministries and departments of education address curricula and teaching practices to better support students’ home language?

A-2  Let’s Talk! – Integrating and Assessing the Speaking & Listening Outcomes
Joanne Richardson-Landry
Levels: Middle and High School  
(Maximum Participants:  60)
This workshop will look at how to incorporate and assess those Speaking and Listening outcomes that teachers often want to avoid or struggle to integrate into their English program. We will look at a variety of activities that can be easily adapted and incorporated in various units – and that don’t include writing speeches! We also look at how to assess these speaking and listening tasks easily. Participants will leave with a variety of activities in their “basket of teaching” that they can start using the very next day.

A-3  From the Page to Social Change
Des Adams
Levels:  Middle/ High School
 (Maximum Participants:  80)
Can spoken word poetry stoke the fire of social justice? Why are youth becoming more involved in this art form? Des Adams was one of those youth who was inspired nearly 10 years ago and has been involved with community initiatives and encouraging youth ever since. As a poet and an individual coming from many intersections of society, he will gladly take you on his journey of discovery and outline the many ways in which this art form can shine the spotlight on those who need it, earn the attention of community leaders and heal and strengthen the artist as well as their listeners.

A-4  Deeper Understanding: Beyond Speaking and Listening Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Middle/ High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Using Socratic Circle Discussions allows students and teacher to deepen their understanding of not only what they're reading, but each other and the world around them. Socratic Circles allow students to meet multiple Speaking and Listening outcomes in a safe, non-threatening way. Through dialogue, you will be amazed at the levels of comprehension to which your students will bring you.

A-5 Storytelling Games
Sandy Keddy
Levels:  Junior/Senior High  
(Maximum Participants:  40)
Gamify your classroom with story telling games.  In this session, you will play storytelling games, such as Gloom and Once Upon a Time, and learn how these games can be used to teach story structure and inspire creative writing.  Handouts for your students and marking scheme will be provided. Games must be purchased on your own.

A-7  Yoga and Meditation for Reducing Stress in the Subject Area Classroom
Tracey Knox
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
Try beginner yoga for de-stressing teachers and students. Learning about incorporating simple meditation and concentration techniques in your subject area classes. Bring or borrow a mat and learn some tried and true methods of being in the moment on your own or with your students.

When registering, please ensure that you select a lunch option from Session B or Session C
  -  lunch option in Session B if selecting a workshop from Session C, or
  -  lunch option in Session C if selecting a workshop from Session B.

Session B:  11:20 – 12:20

B-1  Let’s Talk! – Integrating and Assessing the Speaking & Listening Outcomes
Joanne Richardson-Landry
Levels: Middle and High School
 (Maximum Participants:  60)
See A2 for description

B-2  From the Page to Social Change
Des Adams
Levels:  Middle/High School
  (Maximum Participants:  80)
See A3 for description

B-3  Helping from the Heart: Language, Love, and Laughter with Refugees
Janet Balcom
Levels: High School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
Stories will be shared of over 600 hours of volunteering with Syrian newcomer families and the sense of connection, family, and community that has been developing amongst immigrants, volunteers, and neighbours. Approaches, strategies, and examples used to introduce language and culture and foster independence and empowerment will be presented. There will be an opportunity for participants in small groups to give voice to their own needs and experiences.

B-5  Yoga and Meditation for Reducing Stress in the Subject Area Classroom
Tracey Knox
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
See A7 for description

B-6  Lunch 1
Maximum Participants:  170

Please make sure that you select a lunch option, either during session B-6 or session C-6.

Session C:  12:25 – 1:25

C-1  Debating is Listening!
Effie Boutilier
Levels: Middle and High School  
(Maximum Participants:  60)
This workshop hopes to give teachers some information ideas as to how debating can be integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to be fully engaged in research, note-taking, working collaboratively, preparing arguments, and above all speaking and listening! Most people think of debating as a speaking activity, which it is, but as I always tell my debaters, “Debating is listening!” I will walk through the steps in having students prepare and participate in a classroom debate, as well as demonstrate how debating covers several curriculum outcomes while engaging students. I will also touch on how teachers can establish a debating team or club at their own schools.

C-2  Podcast:  You Know You Want To
Patti Huston-MacIsaac
Levels:  Middle & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
Participants will receive information on meeting curriculum outcomes with podcasts, steps to plan a podcast, and helpful sources for music and sound effects.  Participants will be asked to use software and hardware devices in the creation of a common podcast.

C-3  Improv in the Classroom: Flying by the Seat of Your Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Levels: Middle and High School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
The use of improv in the everyday ELA classroom benefits students and teachers by creating a supportive, respectful and creative environment. It is an engaging way to meet Speaking and Listening outcomes that can be used to enhance reading and writing comprehension and extension.

C-4  Google Apps for Education in the ELA Classroom
Bill Doucet
Levels:
   (Maximum Participants:  40)
Google Apps for Education offers teachers at all grade levels and subject areas a unique set of tools for curriculum planning, delivery and assessment as well as superb communication tools. This workshop will outline some of the most useful aspects and will show teachers how GAfE can help differentiate their instruction and motivate their students. Please bring your own device.

C-5  Centergy
Tracey MacDonnell
Levels: All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
Redefine yourself with Centergy.  Grow longer and stronger in this invigorating 60-minute mind-body workout.  Centergy incorporates yoga and Pilates fundamentals with athletic training for balance, mobility, flexibility, and the core.  Emotive music drives the experience as you breathe and sweat through this full-body fitness journey.  Take the time to Center Your Energy.

C-6  Lunch 2
Maximum Participants:  170

Please make sure that you select a lunch option, either during session B-6 or session C-6.

Session D:  1:30 - 2:30

D-1  Debating is listening!
Effie Boutilier
Levels: Middle and High School
 (Maximum Participants:  60)
See C-1 for description

D-2  The Implications of Hearing Loss Among School-aged Children
John Somerton
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  60)
This workshop addresses some of the common misconceptions about hearing loss. It features a summary of some of the more common types of hearing loss and provides an overview of some of the struggles faced by students with a hearing loss in the educational system.

D-3  Podcast:  You Know You Want To
Patti Huston-MacIsaac
Levels:  Middle & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
See C-2 for description

D-4  Improv in the Classroom: Flying by the Seat of Your Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Levels: Middle and High School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
See C-3 for description

D-5  Forensic Investigators
Derek Stephenson
Levels:  Middle School
 (Maximum Participants:  40)
As forensic investigators, students learn to properly process and analyze physical evidence in the hopes of solving a crime tailor-made just for them.   Participants will solve crimes in groups, then arrange one for another group to solve.  Participants will learn the execution of each step: "evidence processing," "lab-tests," "warrants and searches" then "interviewing suspects."  

D-6  Storytelling Games
Sandy Keddy
Levels:  Junior/Senior High  
(Maximum Participants:  40)
See A-5 for description

D-7  Centergy
Tracey MacDonnell
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
See C-5 for description


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