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Entertainment (links found on SCHED):
Friday 5pm-5:30pm -
Movie Night: "Back Home Again" (30 minutes)

Jeff Newman - Mentalist. Magician. Trickster.
Jeff Newman Performance

Live Chat available (bottom right hand corner) on mynctca.com   Wed: 5pm-9pm, Thurs 7am-5:30pm, Friday 8am-5pm

NCTCA 2022 Presidents’ Welcome Address - National Anthem, Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Honorary President and Opening Remarks.

ATA President’s Address - Jason Schilling

ACEE (Alberta Council for Environmental Education) Symposium Thursday, February 10th: English: Virtual Room 17, French: Virtual Room 18

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Morgex Presents: Robyne Hanley-Dafoe! ***Pre-recorded***All In: Mastering Life with Work Integration for Optimal Performance and Wellness

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Session availability:  All sessions (Live & Pre-recorded) will be available on SCHED until April 1st UNLESS SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED IN THE TITLE. (Eg.  LIVE SESSION ONLY or RECORDING AVAILABLE UNTIL XXX)  ***Live session recordings will be available on SCHED by MONDAY***
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Friday, February 11 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dissection: Current Trends and Alternatives

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Dissection is common practice in Alberta high school science classrooms, but is it really necessary? In this session we will discuss the pedagogical merit of animal and non-animal teaching methods along with the ethical considerations for common species used in dissection. We will look at current animal use trends in post-secondary institutes and the ethical guidelines for using animals in teaching, testing and research in Canada. Finally, we will explore alternatives and discuss inclusive student opt-in policies used by some Canadian school districts. In this session we will: • Review of the pedagogical merit of animal and non-animal teaching methods; • Explore trends related to the use of animals in science at the post-secondary and societal level; • Introduce the internationally recognized 3Rs principle that guides the ethical use of animals in science; • Discuss student perceptions about dissection and the benefits of “opt-in” policies; • Have the opportunity to explore some non-animal alternatives that can be used in the classroom.

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Melissa Logan

Director of Education, Alberta SPCA
Melissa Logan is an educator who has worked in the Alberta SPCA Education Department for over a decade. Engaging with teachers and other organizations, she has developed and collaborated on curriculum-relevant humane education programs and resources for Alberta teachers to inspire... Read More →

Friday February 11, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 21 None
  Science-sciences, Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details None
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 44902
  • Tags English