Northern Area Teachers' Association Blog

Clarence Clarke – Think Indigenous! Conference

March 21 – 23, 2017 I, Clarence Clarke, had gone to a workshop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 21 – 24 of this year which was called “Think Indigenous! Conference”. This year the theme was on reconciliation from the residential school era. What struck me about this conference was that the Tep schools are having a lot of threat of being wiped out. Nortep is close to being extinct from the school system. The other workshop I went to was on Cree language and how to teach Cree the proper way, also for teachers to be in the Cree room...

Matt Koebernick – School Gardening Conference

February 3 and 4, 2017 I have been participating in the Little Green Thumbs program for the last two years and have seen the benefits that an indoor garden brings to the classroom. Being a relative novice to gardening and growing plants I went to the School Gardening Conference hosted by Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan to further my knowledge of using and incorporating gardening as a teaching/learning process. During the conference I learned how to further develop connections to the curriculum and making connections to nutrition. In addition, I learned some practical steps to take and things to consider...

Christine Ravenis – Think Indigenous! Conference

March 20-22, 2017-Saskatoon I am writing to let you know that this conference, now in its third year, is the premier education conference of its genre. Conference participants do not want to miss even one event, speaker, workshop or component because of how well it is organized, run and informed. Indigenous life and education’s best, brightest and deepest thinkers of our time gather together for the three days in order to share and showcase. Red Talks (similar to Ted Talks) are held on one of the days of the conference where speakers have a set number of minutes to share...

A.J. Richardson – NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities

March 3-5/2017, University of Saskatoon PAC, Saskatoon, SK Attended to improve coaching and training facilitation for students in order to provide them with the best opportunities that I can. There were two separate courses that I attended in this time frame. On March 3-4, I completed the NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities course. It focused on implementing general and sport-specific training methods to effectively develop and maintain the athletic abilities necessary for sport. I now know how to apply training principles and methods that build fitness, endurance, strength, speed and sport-specific conditioning; as well, I am able to select and adapt...

Megan Strong – EDCSS Conference Drilling Deeper: Moving from Trauma to Resilience

March 2 – 3, 2017 Edmonton, Alberta On March 2nd and 3rd our school attended a conference in Edmonton to help us learn more about children who are dealing with trauma. The first day this conference helped us realize why some of our students act the way they do. It made us aware of the difference stages/levels of the brain, specifically what parts need to be activated for school work to be done, and also what area is activated when a student is triggered and is in the fight flight or freeze mode. This conference was able to provide us...

Gabe Andrews – AFCA – American Football Coaches Association Convention

January 8 – 11, 2017 Nashville, Tennessee I was selected by Football Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Roughriders to attend this years’ AFCA Convention in Tennessee. This wonderful opportunity allowed me to network with other coaches at different levels from programs all over North America where the technical aspects of football were discussed as well as a variety coaching philosophies. I attended sessions such as: Offensive Philosophy – Brent Eckley Jackson H.S; Nebraska Football – Mike Riley, Nebraska; Quarterbacks – Kirk Ciarrocca, Western Michigan; Running Backs – Bryan Applewhite, Colorado State; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech. As football in Northern Saskatchewan continues...

David Underwood – SUM Conference – November 4-5, 2016

On November 4th to the 5th, I attended the annual math conference called SUM in Saskatoon. At this conference, I attended workshops on Involving Aboriginal Content into Math, Probability, and a Workshop on Different Ways to Assess. There were also two keynote speakers where they introduced Karaoke Math and Structuring Math. I really found these topics interesting because we struggle with language in math and English as an additional language in our communities. I started involving these strategies into my classroom routine the following week back. I also found the students more engaged on my assessments because this professional development...

Theresa Huntley – Youth Ambassador Program with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, the State Department of the United States of America

July 18 – August 6, 2016 Ottawa, ON; Plattsburgh, NY; Washington, D.C. I was accepted as an Adult Mentor for the Youth Ambassador Program sponsored by the Department for Canadian Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. The program was three weeks long and involved working with 15 youth from across Canada to develop, train for, and implement service projects in participants’ home communities. I was able to attend many sessions from various SUNY professors on Social Engagement, Diversity Training, Media Relationships, US/Canada relations, and Environmental Activism. A session at the WILD Center in the Adirondacks has led to working with another teacher...

Brittany Hannah Juno Beach Tour 2016

June 30 – August 10, 2016 The Juno Beach Centre Tour from Vimy to Juno provided me with various learning opportunities, and knowledge to bring back into my classroom at the Dene High School. Throughout the professional development I learned about various ways in which Canadians contributed to the First and Second World Wars; the implications and impacts of Canadian movements in northern France; the results of battles and field operations and how they fit into the larger picture of the World Wars as a whole. The Juno Group visited many sites and battlefields which honoured those who fought for...

Jody Nagyl April 12, 2016 Facilitations to Maximize Learner Engagement

I wanted to learn new skills, which incorporate technology in the classroom as well as in school presentations. This past year, I have had the opportunity to share my passion in regards to human trafficking prevention. As human trafficking is becoming a bigger issue globally and hitting home with our missing and murdered aboriginal women, I wanted to create awareness and make a difference in regards to this issue. With the use of technology, I was able to create an impactful, up to date presentation to different groups and classes in the school. In 2013 I had the privilege travelling...