David DeCoste has taught at various levels including public school and university. He has worked as Principal, Mathematics Consultant at the board and provincial level, and Curriculum Coordinator. David has taught at the university level at St Francis Xavier and University of Calgary. He has done extensive professional development across Canada and in the United States and has been an author on several Mathematics resources including recent writing for Alberta Education. David is actively involved in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
CARC (Central Alberta Regional Consortium) hosts a number of Webinar Sessions and they invite everyone to attend.
What is a webinar?
Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the web. The key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements, the ability to give, receive and discuss information, typically through slide show presentations, streaming video, VoIP, whiteboard and text chat.
Dr. Marian Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She has been an author on seven text series at both elementary and secondary levels in Canada, US, Australia, and Bhutan.
She has written Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades 9-12, published by Nelson Education Ltd., as well as More Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Secondary Math Instruction, jointly published by Teachers College Press, NCTM and Nelson Canada with Amy Lin.
She has also developed materials and provided consultation focused on working with struggling learners, differentiating instruction, and on teacher questioning in mathematics classrooms throughout Canada.
Mary Jo Rawleigh - SAPDC High School Mathematices Implementation Support Teacher
Laura Pankratz has been Physics 30 Examination Manager for the past 9 years and was examiner for Physics and Mathematics and acting examination manager for Science 30 with Learner Assessment for 6 years before that. Previously she taught all the Gr. 9 to 12 mathematics and science courses with the exception of Biology.
Brenda Elder is on secondment to Alberta Education from Black Gold School Division. In her 14 years of teaching she has worked with students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
Ken Hakstol is currently working under contract as a technology consultant for SAPDC. Ken has over 30 years of classroom experience working in Southern Alberta. Ken believes that by collaborating and sharing our professional experiences we learn the best practices to support learning in the classroom.
Ray Hoger - Teacher, Medicine Hat Catholic Seperate School Division No. 20
ASCA (Alberta School Councils' Association) The provincial association representing parents on school council.
Steve Leinwand has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. He is currently a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. Before joining AIR in 2002, he spent 22 years as a Mathematics Consultant with the Connecticut Department of Education. In addition, Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, as president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and on the NCTM Board of Directors. Steve is also an author of several mathematics textbooks. He has written numerous articles and his books, Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders and Accessible Math: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement were published by Heinemann in 2000 and 2009 respectively.
Cathy Fosnot is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of Mathematics in the City, a nationally-recognized center for professional development located at the City College of New York. She has authored or co-authored many books and articles on mathematics education, most recently the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series (K-6) and the Young Mathematicians at Work series, with the accompanying professional development materials funded by NSF and distributed in Canada by Pearson. She serves as the senior content consultant for the award-winning internet K-2 math environment, DreamBox Learning (also distributed by Pearson). The AERA SIG on Constructivism has twice awarded her their “significant contribution” award. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from CCNY.
Trevor Brown is a former Mathematics Consultant for the TDSB. He is presently Lead Investigator for the Math Exemplars Project with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
He is a Course Director for Intermediate Mathematics at York University, and Associate Professor at Tyndale University and College. Trevor has co-authored the following books: Making Mathematics [Canada Publishing Company] and Math Makes Sense [Pearson].
Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching. Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, and The School Administrator, and he has written two books on instructional coaching: Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction, and Coaching Classroom Management, written with Randy Sprick, Wendy Reinke, and Tricia McCale. Jim is frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches and has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has also won several university teaching and innovation awards.
Chris Bryan currently works as an educational consultant with the Center for Quality Strategic Professional Development, Front Range BOCES in Colorado and is a senior consultant with the National Staff Development Council. In addition, she teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center and serves as co-president of the Colorado Staff Development Council.
She has worked in both private, residential and public school settings as a classroom teacher and as a specialist for students with various disabilities. Chris works extensively with school based coaches and serves as a national consultant to various schools and organizations in several aspects of school reform, organization, professional development, standards based instruction, differentiation and responsive teaching.
Kim Barker-Kay has been an educator in northern Alberta for the last 26 years. She has taught most grades and ages from kindergarten to adults. She is currently principal/teacher of Prairie View Outreach School in High Prairie. She spent the 4 previous years as an FNMI lead teacher for High Prairie School Division, researching and exploring how to close the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. Kim has a Master of Education degree in educational leadership with a focus on the roles of Native Liaison Workers in northern schools.
John Antonetti is former Director of K-12 Curriculum for the Sheridan School District in Arkansas. Once described by Larry Lezotte as a "teacher's teacher,” John is an advocate of experiential education and recognizes that all learners learn best when they work together to solve real world problems in safe, cooperative environments. He has taught kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school.
He is also a highly-sought keynote speaker. His humor and parables are recognized by teachers, administrators, and parents as relevant examples of the power of teachers. For the past two years he has been a featured keynote presenter at “Leading and Learning”, the annual conference of the Central Alberta Regional Consortium in Red Deer, where attendees have raved about not only about the content of his sessions, but also about his engaging presentation style.
Educator, Administrator, Carpenter, Visionary - Mike Dumanski, a 23 year educator, has been a classroom teacher, district administrator, and staff consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools. For the past four years, Mr. Dumanski has worked for Alberta Education as a Program Manager, Curriculum Manager, and Off-campus Education Manager. Mike was responsible for the latest revision and refocus of the new Off-campus Education Handbook.
Susan Clayton (B.Ed. M.Ed. Ed.D.) has been teaching in BC for 25 years in various positions including school counsellor and coordinator for PD for Peace River North and a teacher of Education at Simon Fraser University. She currently is a private consultant with focus on UBD and provides workshops on teaching for understanding; skill development for PLC work, and casting visions. Susan has worked for Grant Wiggins for 4 years and continues to work nationally and internationally including Singapore for the past 3years.
Susan Clayton worked in public education in British Columbia for 30 years. She has taught First Nations children, worked with First Nations children in her school counseling practice, and co-facilitated workshops for First Nations teachers with First Nations teachers while working in Ft. St. John BC. Susan was the Provincial Project Coordinator of the resource to be used in this series. Susan has a BEd., MEd in school counseling and EdD in education leadership. She currently works as a private education consultant.
Cynthia Parr - Director of Student Services, Lethbridge School District #51
Margo Southall is a highly experienced classroom teacher, special education resource teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach. Her work focuses on designing intervention programs and developing frameworks for differentiating reading instruction in the classroom. Margo is the author of Differentiated Literacy Centers (Scholastic, 2007), Differentiated Small Group Reading Lessons (Scholastic, 2009) and Differentiating Reading Instruction for Success with Response to Intervention (Scholastic, 2011).
Joan Helmsing B.Ed. M.Ed., Helmsing Consulting, Inc.
Joan was a classroom teacher and learning assistance teacher in the Moose Jaw Public S.D. and Regina Public S.D. for over 30 years and is presently working as the Educational Psychologist for the Holy Family S.D., as well as assessing privately and conducting educational workshops. For more than 20 years, she has been training participants in the administration and interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson® across Canada and the number of educators interested in this assessment tool has consistently been increasing. She is returning to Southern Alberta to offer this training for Special Education teachers.
Lise May has been involved in teaching FSL as a teacher, a consultant and a school administrator for many years. She has written and taught a L2 methodology course to student teachers in the French program at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Education. She has a great deal of experience in using different and efficient strategies for teaching and learning of FSL. Lise has a strong conviction that to learn French, students have to be motivated. Lise has also offered several French summer camps to FSL teachers of all levels.
Lise May est impliquée avec l’enseignement du français langue seconde comme enseignante, conseillère et administratrice depuis plusieurs années. Elle a écrit et a enseigné un cours de méthodologie de L2 pour les futurs enseignants des programmes de français à l’université de Calgary, Faculté de l’éducation.Elle a beaucoup d’expérience avec l’utilisation de stratégies efficaces à l’apprentissage du FLS. Lise est convaincue que pour apprendre le français, les étudiants doivent être motivés. Au cours des années, elle a aussi offert de nombreux camps d’été aux enseignants du français langue seconde de tous les niveaux.
Marnie Beaudoin is a consultant with the Institution for Innovation in Second Language Education (IISLE) at Edmonton Public Schools. Marnie supports second language teachers in the area of curriculum and assessment, and has worked extensively in the area of assessment in second languages locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Thalia Hartson has created many resources for teachers, including a number of CD-ROMs. She has inserviced extensively throughout the province on technology, library, children’s literature, social studies, and mathematics topics. Her recent work has included development of teaching and training resources as well as literature lists and materials for the new Social Studies curriculum.
Roger Harty - ATA Instructor
Jack Edwards - Learner Assessment Branch, Alberta Education
Alberta Education - Learner Assessment Branch
Judi Harris is a professor at the School of Education, the College of William and Mary, and the author of several books and countless articles dealing with effective integration of technology in the classroom. Dr. Harris is one of the most respected figures currently working in the field of educational technology.
Originally an elementary-level classroom teacher and K-6 mathematics / computer specialist, Judi earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia. She leads professional development programs and speaks to educators in the U.S. and in Canada. Dr. Harris is no stranger to Alberta, having worked extensively with the Telus2Learn Project Centre.