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Break-out sessions form the back-bone of ICHE. Each major subject area will be well-represented with many other topics of interest to Hutterite teachers also included.


International Conference for Hutterite Educators
August 13-15, 2014

Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Conference Sessions

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Conference Schedule

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  • ELA & Literacy

    Writing Across the Curriculum - Catherine Wurtz & Elma Maendel

    Catherine and Elma will present on how they integrate ELA writing outcomes into other subject areas both in primary and middle grades. They will give examples of how they plan integrated units using multiple intelligences and student writing, incorporating technology.

    Catherine Wurtz has been teaching in the Rolling River School Division as a K-9 teacher for 14 years. She has participated in a division-wide integration of Inquiry Learning and has for the last year incorporated Jennifer Katz’s philosophy on the planning and subject integration of ELA with the other subjects.

    Elma Maendel has been primary teacher and principal at Brennan School, Elm River Colony for over ten years. She is a published author of two children’s books and is a member of Night Writers, a local writing group. She strives to have her students write in all subject areas.

    Speak Up! - Doris Wurtz

    Speaking in public is a great personal challenge. Despite the increasing necessity of being articulate and communicating clearly in Hutterite society, internet technology is making effective communication more difficult, not easier. This session will show how middle years and high school teachers can integrate public speaking activities across the curriculum. This presentation will model simple tasks that help students and teachers gain confidence with speaking clearly and sharing their thoughts, opinions and viewpoints in a group setting.

    Doris Wurtz lives at Oak River Community and teaches over one hundred Hutterite high school students from communities across Manitoba on HBIITV. She has taught public speaking classes for five years and is continually amazed how students grow as speakers despite their initial fear and anxiety. Students gain tremendous confidence from learning to speak well. Doris also teaches health & phys. ed. 9 and has a passion for healthy lifestyles. She enjoys running, gardening, and reading sports journalism.

    Words Their Way (K-2) - Monica Wiebe

    Monica will take participants through a brief overview of the Developmental Spelling Theory, which undergirds many word study programs. The goal of this session is to help you analyze your students’ reading and writing to determine next steps for them in their learning pathway. The beginning of the developmental spelling pathway, often experienced by students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 will be the focus activities and resources highlighted in this session. Materials discussed will come primarily from Words Their Way texts.

    Monica Wiebe, BHEc, BEd, Special Ed Post Bac, MEd, is a reading clinician in the Winnipeg School Division, Inner City Unit. Before earning her Masters in Literacy and Learning from the University of Manitoba, Monica worked as a resource teacher, first in Thompson, MB and then at an independent school in Winnipeg. Her classroom teaching took her from Kitchener, ON, to Shamatawa, MB, and Split Lake, MB, teaching a variety of grades ranging from grade 5 to 13. Currently, she is the President of the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians and the Past President of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg, both local chapters of the International Reading Association. When not involved with literacy pursuits, she enjoys taking her kayak across lakes or down creeks to see if she can see any wildlife and spending time with family and friends cooking up a delicious feast.

    Words Their Way (3-8) - Monica Wiebe

    Monica will take participants through a brief overview of the Developmental Spelling Theory, which undergirds many word study programs. The goal of this session is to help you analyze your student’s reading and writing skills to determine next steps for them in their learning pathway. The later stages of the developmental spelling pathway, often experienced by students in Grades 3-8 will be the focus of the activities and resources highlighted in this session. Materials discussed will come primarily from Words Their Way texts.

    Monica Wiebe, BHEc, BEd, Special Ed Post Bac, MEd, is a reading clinician in the Winnipeg School Division, Inner City Unit. Before earning her Masters in Literacy and Learning from the University of Manitoba, Monica worked as a resource teacher, first in Thompson, MB and then at an independent school in Winnipeg. Her classroom teaching took her from Kitchener, ON, to Shamatawa, MB, and Split Lake, MB, teaching a variety of grades ranging from grade 5 to 13. Currently, she is the President of the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians and the Past President of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg, both local chapters of the International Reading Association. When not involved with literacy pursuits, she enjoys taking her kayak across lakes or down creeks to see if she can see any wildlife and spending time with family and friends cooking up a delicious feast.

    Using the CAFE Menu to Support Balanced Literacy - Marie-Josée Morneau

    CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. In this session, participants will familiarize themselves with the different reading strategies of the CAFE menu. Specific examples of whole class and small group instructions will be modelled. Finally, conferencing with individual students to assess progress and set up reading goals will be explored. With a better understanding of this literacy program, educators will be better equipped to meet the needs of all of their readers.

    Marie-Josée Morneau has been an educator for 22 years. She taught all grade levels, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in French and English. Marie-Josée has been a consultant for the past 6 years and is currently working with Middle Years teachers with a main focus on literacy, numeracy and oral communication. Additionally, Marie-Josée has been invited to several national conferences across Canada to share her knowledge and passion for learning.

    Writer's Workship - Lisa Thomson

    Writer's Workshop is a writing management system which builds students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. Each student in the class is a working author. This session focuses on effectively managing this system. Students are divided into heterogeneous groups that are daily rotated through the several steps of writing including conferencing, publishing and a special project. This system will enable you to conference with 4 to 5 students each day so the student/teacher contact time is significant. This management system is ideal for a multi aged/grade classroom.

    Lisa Thomson has been teaching early literature for 18 years, primarily in second and third grade. She is currently teaching Grade 3 and is a Reading Recovery and Literacy Support specialist. She has attended several Summer Institutes in Minneapolis and Atlanta, Georgia and spent 2 weeks teaching teachers and students in Bogota, Colombia. From these, Lisa has acquired many literacy practices that she uses in her classroom each day.

  • Science

    Let's Do Science! - Karl Kleinsasser

    This session will be grounded in the two principles that students learn science best by doing it and the deepest learning occurs when it is meaningful and authentic. So, come to this session if you want to learn how to engage your students in middle year experiential science learning. Topics will be presented from several grade levels, but will focus on hands-on, experiential explorations where students will learn outcomes by “doing” science rather than reading about it.

    Karl Kleinsasser has taught at Crystal Springs School since 1994 to all grade levels and over all subject areas, but his special favourite still remains science. He has taught Grade 10 Science on the HBIITV system for several years. His hobbies in the science fields include robotics, electronics, astronomy and photography (darkroom development). Karl has presented at several ICHE conferences in the past, usually with a focus on middle years science.

    Nutrients for Life - Kent Lewarne and Ray Cochrane

    The United Nations predicts that the human population will increase by approximately 2.2 billion people over the next 30 years. The associated food-production challenge will be immense. Our goal is to give teachers the classroom resources they need to help students learn how plant nutrients replenish soil, improve food production and preserve Canada’s green spaces.

    The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a registered charitable organization made up of educators, community groups, scientists, and representatives from the agricultural sector. Kent Lewarne and Ray Cochrane are Teacher Ambassadors for Nutrients for Life. Kent joined Nutrients for Life 4 years ago, and is located in Pilot Mound, Manitoba. Ray joined Nutrients for Life last year, and is located in Virden, Manitoba. As Teacher Ambassadors, they provide professional development for educators in the areas of plant nutrition, modern food production, and food security.

    Building Connections with Early Years Science - Eberhard Hofer

    Young learners are very easy to impress in Science class, but is that really enough? Taking a basic science demo and taking it one step further will create an engaging, interactive and inspiring learning experience. This session will involve demonstrations to show how a simple science demo can be turned into a student centred learning experience as you make connections with students and with other subject areas.

    Eberhard Hofer is a fairly new teacher and teaches most subjects at the early years level at Acadia Colony School. He teaches science at various levels and loves to have fun in science class. Most of the other subject areas that he teaches keep referring and relating to science class. Eberhard loves to spend his spare time in the lab trying out new activities and finding a way to modify or change common science demonstrations. He also enjoys running, spending time outside, and any other activity which his two young boys can be involved in as well.

  • Mathematics

    Middle Years Problem Solving - Markus Hofer

    Do you need relevant strategies for teaching problem solving at the middle years level? This session will focus on the purpose of teaching problem-solving, various word problems, including multi-step, problem-solving vocabulary and evaluating the effectiveness of word problems.

    Markus Hofer teaches various middle/high school subjects at Netley Colony School, located in the heart of Manitoba’s Interlake. He also teaches high school courses on the HBIITV system, where he communicates with Hutterian students across Manitoba. He has taught math in all grades from 5-12. Markus has previously presented math sessions at ICHE and SAGE.

    Numeracy Routines and Resources - Donna Slobodzian

    Structure and routine are important in the Numeracy classroom. Donna will reinforce and practice outcomes through Morning Math jobs. Math games and daily problem solving are also part of my class. This session will include math routines, math jobs, games and resources that work in a K to Grade 2 classroom.

    Donna Slobodzian will be teaching Grades 3 and 4 at Oak Bluff Community School this coming school year. She has taught various early year’s multi-age classes since returning to full time teaching in 1997. She currently the president of MAMT (Manitoba Association of Math Teachers) and has presented at SAGE and summer institutes. She loves teaching math and is always looking for ways to integrate it into everyday situations and other subjects.

  • Glauben, Geschichte & Deutsch

    Fritzli, der Ferienvater: Ein Deutschunterrichtsprogramm - Hans Zemp-Benniger

    This session will present a German language program built around a copyright-free book named “Fritzli, der Ferienvater”. It was created to meet the specific needs of plain people who seek to avoid worldly influences. This program has already been used by several Hutterite German teachers with positive results.

    Hans Zemp-Benniger was born and raised in a small town in the centre of Switzerland. There he also completed public school and college. He is trained as a computer engineer and worked for international companies in Switzerland. He is married to Esther, and the Lord has given them four children. Together they sought a christian community with a commitment to living as closely as possible to what Jesus did with his disciples and what the early believers did at Jerusalem. Today they live with their family at Elmendorf Christian Community in Minnesota.

    Die Quelle 2014 - Paul Hofer

    Die Quelle is a digital resource library showcasing the major documents of Hutterite history, hymnody, and theology. Since its first release in 2006, it has become an essential component in many German-school teacher’s toolbox. This session will provide an overview of the program’s capabilities, highlighting the new developments of the 2014 release. The 2014 edition of Die Quelle is available both on the Windows and Macintosh platform.

    Paul Hofer is the German teacher at Willerton School on Springhill Colony and a member of the Hutterian Brethren Education Committee, Group I. For the last decade, Paul has been actively developing resources for Hutterite teachers and ministers.

    Teaching Hutterite History in Hutterian Schools - Tony Waldner

    An overview of Hutterite History will be presented with PowerPoint. Tips will be given on teaching history. Past class projects by the presenter’s students will be shown as well as other ideas that can be used. (This will also include some Bible history.) Emphasis will be on the importance of Hutterite history and how to make it relevant to children.

    Tony Waldner has been a German teacher at Forest River Colony for over 30 years. He is a 1980 graduate of University of North Dakota, Grand Forks with a degree is in Elementary Education (minor in History and German). For the past three decades, he has been developing school material for Hutterian German schools.

    The History of Hutterite Education - Ian Kleinsasser

    “Why do we have German instruction at the beginning and ending of each day? Why is German instruction not integrated into the regular school day?” Questions such as these often come up when people discuss Hutterite education. To many Hutterites the answer to these questions seems clear: “We do it this way because we have always done it this way!” This practice, however, is less than a 100 years old. Morgen- und Abendschule [morning and evening school] came into practice in the early twentieth century when Hutterites immigrated to Canada. What did Hutterite education look like prior to this? Come join us as we look at the historical developments and accomplishments of the Hutterite education system in Europe and how that influenced the Hutterite education system in North America.

    Ian Kleinsasser is a grade 1-3 teacher at Crystal Spring School. He is a graduate of the BUHEP teacher training program at Brandon University, Manitoba. Since graduating in 2005, he has been teaching at the Crystal Spring community school. In addition to teaching, Ian assists Ältester Jakob Kleinsasser in researching, collecting and compiling historical documents relating to Hutterite history. He has presented on Hutterite Immigration to North America, Hutterite Conscientious Objectors during WWII, and early Hutterite connections to other community groups such as the Harmonists and the Amana communities. When not teaching or researching Hutterite history, Ian loves running and spending time with his family.

    Bibeluntericht mit Hands-on Aktivitaten - Dennis Waldner

    This session will provide resources and ideas for teaching Biblische Geschichte using hands-on assignments and activities that engage multiple senses. Dennis will share numerous assignments, complex projects and captivating teaching methods he has used to teach biblical stories at all grade levels. He will outline the steps he takes to successfully do biblical projects in a time-sensitive German school year. Participants are welcome to bring any samples of student assignments or projects.

    Dennis Waldner is the German teacher at Plainview Colony School near Elkhorn, Manitoba, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Dennis has a passion for biblical history and instilling an appreciation and love of the Bible into the children he teaches.

    Essnschuel Diskussion - Manuel & Janet Maendel

    This session will include a discussion on developing healthy eating habits in the Essnschuel. Janet has studied and applied nutritional therapy with some children to help them cope with issues relating to autism, ADD and ADHD. Further, Manuel and Janet will speak about teaching responsibility in the Essnschuel environment as well as extending these values to serving the community in the various workplaces and vegetable gardens during the summer months. They hope to encourage other Essnschuel parents and to provide a space where all can come together to share their struggles and concerns and find solutions for some of them.

    Manuel & Janet Maendel are members of Oak Bluff Hutterite Community near Morris, Manitoba. They have been married for fourteen years and have been blessed with five children. Manuel is the German school teacher at Albright School. For the past ten years they have been serving children in the Essnschuel and German school.

    Stages on the Journey of Faith - Elsie Rempel

    Wherever we are on the journey of faith, God has a place for us. As teachers of the young we get to serve on that journey as ‘God with skin on’ alongside of their other caregivers. This merges into a place alongside of the young as ‘guides on the side.’ Our places on the journey always include learning from fellow travellers, no matter their age, as we live toward Christ “in whom all things hold together.” Drawing on the classic work done on faith formation by James Fowler, this breakout session will provide opportunities to hear about the blessings and typical characteristics of faith as we mature physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and to share anecdotally about what faith looks, sounds and feels like at these stages along the journey.Lecture and sharing will be interspersed with examples and guided opportunities for writing stories that capture scriptural truths for children at several developmental levels.

    Elsie Rempel, a teacher at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools from 1989-2002, and Director of Christian Nurture for Mennonite Church Canada from 2002- 20011, currently works half time as Formation Consultant for Mennonite Church Canada. In this role she gathers, edits, produces, and shares faith forming resources for all ages, for worship services, as well as for At-Home Devotional purposes. She has written, edited, and served on advisory boards for both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Curricula. Her book, Please Pass the Faith: the Art of Spiritual Grandparenting, ( 2012, Herald Press) has sold 1000 copies to date. Her writing can also be found in several denominational magazines. Elsie is a devoted grandmother of four, a blogger: Faith Bytes: Elsie Spins a Blog, and a hobby gardener. She loves collaborating with other followers of Jesus to fan sparks of faith and Christian identity into flame, whether that be through the resources she produces or in face to face encounters.

    Wir Haben uns 'Auf den Weg’ Gemacht! - Kathy Waldner

    In this session, we will be looking at how to teach German using a balanced literacy approach. We will see how guided reading, using the 'aufdenWeg’ books, fits into the overall picture of balanced literacy. With aufdenWeg guided reading, we can teach German using stories written uniquely for Hutterites. Each book was designed using story ideas and experiences that are relevant and engaging particularly for Hutterite children. The story texts increase gradually in complexity in a child-friendly way. Illustrations and photos enhance the stories but are also a necessary support for early readers. For more information, visit www.aufdenweg.com.

    Kathy Waldner has been teaching primary students at Decker Colony School, Park West School Division, for the past 12 years. While observing first-hand how language acquisition develops in English, she developed a German reading series, along with a teacher's guide, based on the principles of balanced literacy as pioneered by Jill Eggleton, Fountas & Pinnel and other leaders in early literacy.

  • Health & Physical Education

    Manitoba Youth Health Survey Report for Hutterian Schools - Anna Maendel & Doris Wurtz

    This presentation will provide a snapshot of students' health behaviours based on the surveys completed by students during the 2012-2013 school year. The results presented reflect the responses of the students themselves. The results should provide us with information about what these students are thinking, what motivates them and what's important to them. We will also present a variety of ideas for action in school health planning to encourage students to make healthful lifestyle choices. It is hoped that this report may be an important step on each student's journey toward improving the health of all Hutterian students in our schools and in creating a healthy school environment.

    Anna Maendel is a pioneer in the field of Hutterite education. She was among the first young Hutterite women to complete grade twelve and, following in her father’s footsteps, she and her sister Dora became the first Hutterite women in Manitoba to receive a Bachelor of Education. The projects she has spearheaded, including HBIITV, have shaped Hutterite education across the province and beyond. Anna lives at Fairholme Hutterite Community where she enjoys teaching, quilting, gardening and watching her grandchildren grow.

    Doris Wurtz lives at Oak River Community and teaches over one hundred Hutterite high school students from communities across Manitoba on HBIITV. Among other subjects, Doris teaches Health & Phys. Ed. and has a passion for healthy lifestyles. She enjoys running, gardening, and reading sports journalism.


    Go for the Gold, but more for the Fun! - Karen Maendel

    Have you ever wondered how to take the doldrums out of long winters? In this session you will acquire ideas on how to do just that! Spread over a number of weeks, Mini Winter Olympics are sure to add fun, creativity, competitiveness and best of all, outdoor physical activity, to your January-February school days. This activity is especially effective in a Winter Olympic year, but by no means limited to that. With the ideas offered at this session, you’ll be inspired to plan your own Olympic games!

    Karen Maendel has taught Grades 1 to 12 throughout her 9 year teaching career, but has found her niche at the high school level. She started her career at Springfield Colony, but now calls Elm River Colony home and teaches high school courses on the HBIITV System, as well as elementary classes at Brennan School. Karen is a proud mom of two adorable boys and one sweet girl. She credits part of her interest in sports to her husband, James.


  • Nurture & Discipline

    Discipline with Dignity - Dr. Joan Durrant

    Discipline is the art of teaching and guiding children as they navigate and master the world around them. Historically, however, discipline has been equated with punishment – spanking, isolating, shaming, and depriving. While these methods may elicit compliance, they also erode children’s confidence, creativity and sense of justice. Joan will explore the history of discipline and examine its various forms from the perspective of children’s dignity and personhood.

    As a Child-Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Joan Durrant has seen the impact of punitive discipline on children. As a Professor of Family Social Sciences (U of M), she has spent the last 25 years studying the reasons why we punish children, and developing an approach to help parents and teachers resolve conflict with children more constructively. This approach is now implemented in more than 25 countries around the world. Joan’s work has received many recognitions, including the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Woman of Distinction Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Sgt. Ian Logan Memorial Award in Child Abuse Prevention.

    Kernels of Change: Evidence-based Behaviour Interventions that Work - Dr. Karen Pain

    How can adults help children change their behaviours? Did you know that researchers have identified the core components of many behaviour change strategies? These core components are called “kernels”. Kernels are the “bare minimum strategies” that are needed to produce changes in behaviour. This workshop will examine the specific parts of each strategy that are needed to produce behaviour change. Through a presentation format using case studies, video clips, and fun activities, Dr. Karen Pain will examine these kernels, exploring a wide range of evidence-based behaviour interventions. Participants will learn simple and effective ways to change behaviour that can either be added to current classroom programs, or used in isolation. These kernels can be applied in any setting with children (and adults). Warning: this workshop is fun.

    Dr. Karen Pain has over 22 years experience working within school systems in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Most of this time has been spent working in rural settings, including many Hutterian schools. She has a keen interest in the assessment and remediation of learning, behaviour, and social-emotional challenges within our youth, working closely with teachers to increase student success within the classroom. Dr. Karen Pain has supervised students working towards their Masters Degree in the University of Manitoba School Psychology Program. She runs workshops for Educational Assistants, Teachers and Resource Teachers within the Portage la Prairie School Division where she has worked for the past six years, and has been invited to present these workshops in other School Divisions across Manitoba. Her passion is working with students with behaviour difficulties, and she is currently piloting an intervention program within the Portage la Prairie School Division implementing Kernels of Behaviour Change techniques at a classroom level. Dr. Karen Pain has a deep respect for children and loves to share their “wisdom” with other adults. She has many humorous stories, illustrating her belief that we all learn best when we can have fun.

  • Students with Exceptionalities

    Differentiating Instruction for Special Needs Learners - Dr. Karen Pain

    The reality of inclusive education is that many students with learning difficulties now sit in our regular classrooms. Students who have ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities present unique teaching challenges for the classroom teacher. This workshop will explore common characteristics of these challenged learners and practical teaching strategies to address the difficulties they encounter within the classroom environment. Workshop participants will gain a greater understanding of these disabilities and how to tailor classroom intervention to maximize the potential of these types of learners. Dr. Pain has many examples and great stories to share, as well as work samples.

    Dr. Karen Pain has over 22 years experience working within school systems in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Most of this time has been spent working in rural settings, including many Hutterian schools. She has a keen interest in the assessment and remediation of learning, behaviour, and social-emotional challenges within our youth, working closely with teachers to increase student success within the classroom. Dr. Karen Pain has supervised students working towards their Masters Degree in the University of Manitoba School Psychology Program. She runs workshops for Educational Assistants, Teachers and Resource Teachers within the Portage la Prairie School Division where she has worked for the past six years, and has been invited to present these workshops in other School Divisions across Manitoba. Her passion is working with students with behaviour difficulties, and she is currently piloting an intervention program within the Portage la Prairie School Division implementing Kernels of Behaviour Change techniques at a classroom level. Dr. Karen Pain has a deep respect for children and loves to share their “wisdom” with other adults. She has many humorous stories, illustrating her belief that we all learn best when we can have fun.

  • Social Studies

    Children in War and Trauma - Deborah Ellis

    This session looks at what happens to children in war and in situations of great difficulty such as having a parent in prison, dealing with the illegal drug trade, and dealing with bullying. It looks at how literature can be a starting point for discussions with children about their own lives and the lives of those around them.

    Deborah Ellis is the author of over 20 books for young people. Most deal with the theme of children in war and other human-created difficulties. Deborah has travelled to Afghanistan, India, the Middle East, Bolivia, Russia and Eastern Europe to meet with children and their families and learn about their lives. Her books look at the choices we make as a human community, the consequences for those choices and the potential to build a better future.

    Encouraging Young People to tell their own Stories - Deborah Ellis

    By looking at the medium of oral history—people telling their stories and recording them in some way for others to learn from—this workshop will look at how to encourage young people to tell their own stories and the stories of the people around them in a way that honours the community and its history, while pointing a way to the future.

    Deborah Ellis is the author of over 20 books for young people. Most deal with the theme of children in war and other human-created difficulties. Deborah has travelled to Afghanistan, India, the Middle East, Bolivia, Russia and Eastern Europe to meet with children and their families and learn about their lives. Her books look at the choices we make as a human community, the consequences for those choices and the potential to build a better future.

    Storytelling as a Teaching Tool - Dora Maendel & Joe McLellan

    Storytelling offers a powerful methodology that supports and stimulates all learners, from young children to adults. Teachers who tell stories in their classrooms know how stories melt away the classroom walls and transport students into the world of the story. Storytelling builds listening skills, memory and language among others.

    Dora Maendel and Joe McLellan will present a storytelling workshop focusing on the pedagogical and aesthetic value of storytelling, especially in the classroom. This includes stories from Tradition: folktales, myths and legends, as well as experiences from real life – either personal or historical – and original creative stories.


    Manitowapow, Manitoba: Literatures and Libraries That Surround Us - Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

    Aboriginal cultures are often perceived of as “oral” cultures, a misnomer that obscures the dynamic literatures and multiple senses of literacy Indigenous cultures in Manitoba have always utilized in their expressions. This is embodied in the very name Manitowapow—the original name of Manitoba—a word that acts as both story and teaching tool, illustrating the library of texts that operate through-out this place. Students in Manitoba schools have, for the most part, been deprived of how to read, understand and learn the very literatures that tell them most about the very land they are standing on. Join Dr. Sinclair as he introduces you to the dynamic history written through the original texts of Manitowapow.

    Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is an award-winning Anishinaabe writer, editor, and graphic novelist from St. Peter’s/Little Peguis Indian Settlement. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and a regular commentator on Indigenous issues and cultures on CTV, CBC, and APTN. His critical and creative work can be found in the pages of The Guardian, CBC Canada Reads, and The Winnipeg Free Press. Most importantly, he is also a father.


    Vitual Tour and Education Strategy of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Mireille Lamontagne

    Opening in Winnipeg in late 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights through a uniquely Canadian lens. The first national museum built outside the Capital Region, it will be a unique educational hub and beacon of hope. The CMHR’s programs will need to be as important as its galleries and exhibits if it is to achieve its vision. This presentation will provide educators with a sneak peek into the museums planned galleries and exhibits, provide an overview of the Education programs the museum is developing for school audiences to enhance this visitor experience, go over the resources that will be available to teachers through the museum, and will highlight some of the partnerships the CMHR is fostering with others to support this programming.

    Mireille Lamontagne holds an Advanced B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, a Cultural Resource Management (Museum Studies) Diploma and a Professional Specialization Certificate in Cultural Sector Leadership from the University of Victoria. She has 20 years of experience working in interpretation and program development, museum development, principles and practices, as well as ancient Indigenous cultural heritage. She has worked for The Manitoba Museum as an Education Interpreter/Program Developer, at Parks Canada as its Cultural Resource Manager for Manitoba’s National Historic Sites, and with the Department of Canadian Heritage managing the Museums Assistance Program and the Aboriginal Peoples’ Programs for the Prairies and Northern Region. Mireille has designed and delivered a wide range of museum education programs for school and public audiences looking to open minds to new ideas and perspectives on age-old subjects. She is currently the Manager of Education Programming in the Learning & Programming Department of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is leading a growing Education team in planning and development of K-12 and postsecondary programming, contributing to exhibit development, as well as managing the museum’s Teacher Advisory Committee and Youth Advisory Committee.


  • Art & Music

    Musicplay - Active Learning K-3 - Denise Gagne

    In this workshop, ideas for teaching and assessing K-3 musical concepts will be shared. Songs, games, and listening examples that can be used to teach and assess beat, accent, rhythms, meter, solfege, form, tempo, dynamics, and creating will be shared, and will be included in a comprehensive handout. Correlations to provincial curriculum will be included. Teachers will be given sample PowerPoints for use with computer/projectors or Smartboards in addition to the handout. Learn new ideas for teaching and assessing K-3 musical concepts - beat, accent, rhythms, meter, solfege, form, tempo, dynamics. Sing, play, create, listen, move and assess. Session includes a handout with correlations to provincial curriculum.

    Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay K-6 curriculum.

    Strategies for Singing in Tune - Denise Gagne

    Many students come to school having heard only pop music for vocal models. How do you move those children out of chest voice and into the child’s head voice? Learn to use props, puppets and games that children love to help develop the singing voice. Activities in this session will include Melody the Elephant, the Jelly Bean Dance, spooky voices, the Big and Little puppets, yarn sound compositions, and some great new singing games.

    Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay K-6 curriculum.

    Promoting Art in your Classroom - Victor Kleinsasser

    This workshop will be a show-and-do affair. We will discuss how to introduce students to Van Gogh and the Group of Seven. We’ll follow that up by making our own interpretations in oil pastels as well as making literature connections. We’ll try our hand at sharpie and water-colour and copy the work of Jack Unruh. Victor will share class management ideas throughout. Participants will receive a PowerPoint with all the visuals and ideas discussed.

    Victor Kleinsasser teaches grade 4-7 at Crystal Spring School. He’s taught linocut classes on HBIITV, pottery at the high school level, and he’s illustrated two Hutterite children’s books: Jewell Adventure (Gilbert Hofer) and Playing like Timothy (Johannes Waldner).

    Encourage Art! - Serena Maendel

    I am an art teacher or an artist that teaches. Mostly I see myself as an art encourager. How do you get kids to be artists? Supply the opportunity and plant an idea. Use other artist's ideas and art to develop and create your own. These methods are based on the curriculum. Come collect a wide variety of media, style and ideas, including watercolour, black-magic, and 3-D art.

    Serena Maendel teaches elementary grades at Fairholme School. She teaches art at all levels including via HBIITV. She enjoys exploring different types of art with her students, but a favourite art form for both Serena and her students is black magic painted with watercolours.

  • Assessment

    Kindergarten Portfolios - Noaline Hofer & Tabea Waldner

    This workshop will provide Kindergarten teachers with ideas on how to arrange their students work in a portfolio to show their progression and provide a collection of their best work. The portfolio can be used to assess students’ work but is also used as an ongoing activity booklet. We are willing to share some of our centre activities that can also be used towards assessment. Teachers coming to our workshop are encouraged to share at least one great idea or activity that works in your kindergarten classroom.

    Noaline Hofer has been teaching Early Years at Shamrock School at Baldur, Manitoba for the last 15 years.




    Tabea Waldner is a Graduate and an Educational Assistant. She teaches Kindergarten and works along-side Noaline in her Elementary Classroom.



  • Technology

    iPads Across the Curriculum - Kathy Waldner & Kathy Stahl

    In this session, we will be looking at ways to integrate iPads and individualize instruction across the K-4 curriculum. We will also be considering the fact that using technology is not our final goal: we need to be using the most efficient methodology to increase student learning while considering the developmental needs of the students. We will focus on three areas: how iPads can enhance and increase student learning by sharing their thinking and learning and how students can create content to consolidate new knowledge and practice skills. We will be sharing examples of authentic student work. Please come prepared to share your favourite iPad apps and ways of using them in your classroom.

    Kathy Waldner has been teaching primary students at Decker Colony School, Park West School Division for the past 12 years. In the last few years, she has been involved in several Divisional initiatives in early years Math plus mRLC cohorts in ELA and Math that focus on backward design with essential questions. Meeting students where they are in their learning and using technology effectively to that end is one of her main goals.

    Kathy Stahl has been teaching primary grades for over 15 years at Odanah Community School. She is constantly developing her teaching skills by attending professional development workshops across all curricula areas with a focus on ELA and Math. Although her teaching approach is very hands-on and experience based, she also integrates technology across the curriculum to enhance student learning and has implemented iPads in her classroom in the past few years with great success.

    Paperless Classrooms and Google - Raymond Wollman

    This session will explore the multitude of free apps available to assist you with bringing your students into a 21st-century learning environment. We will discover and explore incredible apps and tools that can help you become more creative in planning your teaching. For teachers on a tight budget, don’t worry, “everything is FREE!” Session attendees are encouraged to bring an internet capable device with Google Chrome browser installed, as well as having a Gmail account set up and ready to use.

    Raymond Wollman has been principal, middle year’s teacher and high school supervisor at Whistling Wind School on MillsHof Community, for seven years. He has also taught Math 9 on HBIITV for as many years. He has recently discovered and implemented the extensive benefits of Google in the Classroom and is excited about the potential it has to offer. He enjoys reading, carpentry, small engine repair and lawn care, as well as spending time with his family.

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