Teachers' Convention

The Palliser Teachers’ Convention is fast approaching; it is the Foothills School Division annual forum to showcase the expertise of our incredible staff, and disseminate that knowledge throughout the FSD family.  Our teachers and instructional leaders are leading sessions and workshops that target grades from Kindergarten through High School, and focus on a wide range of topics from building your own 3-string guitar to designing learning that incorporates Harvard’s Project Zero Thinking Routines.

The main goal of the convention is to support administrators and teachers in implementing evidence-based/research-driven best practices, and build effective partnerships with the community by cultivating and modelling respect, professional learning, and ethical leadership, ultimately leading to the advancement of students’ learning. At FSD, we believe in the importance of facilitating change by offering a continuum of supports for students, parents and staff, by critically examining our practices, and by asking questions and facilitating conversations, thus ensuring that we remain on the path of continuous improvement, and that our students are experiencing success in literacy and numeracy, and all aspects of learning.

We have an array of exciting presentations and workshops at the Palliser Teachers’ Convention, like how to incorporate Nature Based Teaching in and outside of the classroom, how to include aesthetics, lighting and furniture to add life to any classroom, and many more. As a teacher, parent, or student, if any of the sessions pique your interest, reach out and connect with the presenter(s). They would be happy to share their expertise with you. For more information about the sessions, see below.


3-String Guitar Build

Thursday – Friday, 8:30-4:30

Dave Toews & David Connell

Nature Based Learning – Teaching ALL subjects outside the wall of the school

Thursday, 8:45-4:00

Bobbie Mappin, Ryan Lemphers, & Graham Campbell

How Developing Artistic Habits of Mind Enhanced Student Writing: A Case Study in Grade 3

Thursday, 11:45-1:00

Barbara Calabrese

Teaching the Holocaust in the Middle Years and Beyond

Thursday, 11:45-2:00

Lindsay Anderson

The World Needs More Thinkers: Using Thinking Routines to Develop Understanding and Deepen Student Learning in Grade 3

Thursday, 2:45-4:00

Cathy King, Barbara Calabrese, & Krista Mace

Classroom Design; Not Just a Seating Arrangement

Thursday, 2:45-4:00

Lindsay Anderson

Instructional Leadership to Optimize Student Learning and Staff Development

Friday, 8:40-9:45

Glenn Gibson

3D Design and 3D Printing in the Elementary and Jr High Option Classroom

Friday, 10:00-11:15

Jesse Keller

                The Principal’s Role in Teacher Induction

Friday, 10:00-11:15

Glenn Gibson

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on reading?

Friday, 10:00-12:55

Miriam Ramzy & Michelle Bence

Design Challenges for High School Physics

Friday, 11:30-2:15

Brett Eustergerling & Kristina Wasyleczko (from Cochrane)

What's in a Name? Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through the Wonder of Names

Friday, 11:30-2:15

Katie Jardine

Taking the ‘f-word’ out of explicit phonics instruction

Friday, 1:00-2:15

Miriam Ramzy & Michelle Bence