Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia

ATENS Conference 2017

The Pen is Mighty


Friday, October 27, 2017

Location and Host Hotel

Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth
240 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS  B3B 1X6

Host Hotel Rates:  $139.00 (plus tax) if booked by September 27, 2017.

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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 is online only.  Deadline is October 13, 2017.

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 (

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.

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.

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?

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


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.


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


While we encourage members to have an NSTU web account, one is NOT REQUIRED to register for a conference.
You may register utilizing any email account.

To register for the ATENS conference CLICK HERE

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