NR.IF20.002IE Little Red River Board of Education' Educational Assistants Conference 2019
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Little Red River Board of Education' Educational Assistants Conference 2019
Presented by: Sarah McKay, Dana Laliberte & Jigsaw Learning
Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday, August 30, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort 9616 Highway 58, High Level, AB GET DIRECTIONS
About the Session:

Little Red River Board of Education' Educational Assistant's Conference 2019

KeyNote Speaker: Sarah McKay

Sarah’s keynote will address strategies for staff to support at-risk students and improve their academic success, social-emotional health and self-regulating behaviours. Building system capacity to address trauma-impacted students is an essential element needed to create positive learning cultures.  

 Sarah McKay's Breakout Sessions:

Effective Approaches to Address Complex Situations

This session will assist Educational Assistants to know what interventions are needed based on specific circumstances.  With her experience and research, Sarah is able to bring recommendations on classroom layout, accessible resources, communication strategies, and case studies from concrete examples outlining the intentional response to behaviour challenges and individual student needs


Dana Laliberte's Breakout Sessions: 

Coaching Students Without Giving the Answers

Knowing how to assist students who are struggling is a constant challenge in the classroom. It is difficult to know how to scaffold instruction or break it down into manageable learning bits. We often ask ourselves "How can I help without giving the answers?" In this session, learn some tried and true instructional brain compatible techniques to try and some scaffolding strategies that work.

Jigsaw Learning Break-Out Sessions:

Supporting Educational Assistants: Strategies for Student Success  

Educational Assistants assume many hats each day in the classroom, influenced by the diversity of the students, subjects and the topics being addressed. This session will provide Educational Assistants  practical strategies, interventions and resources to support student success. You will leave with an array of ideas to reach, assist and include students in an inclusive learning environment.

About the Presenter(s):
Sarah McKay

Sarah is the Manager of the Safe Schools Department in Surrey School District, BC’s largest, most diverse and most progressive school district.  Sarah is a regular presenter to education assistants, teachers and administrators in the district and also serves as a resource person/presenter at Safer Schools Together conferences and professional development sessions.

Dana Laliberte

Raised in Peace River, I grew up to teach in the same school I attended.  Actually, I have not moved far. I ended my career in the same building as when I began Grade 1J  For 32 years I worked for Holy Family C.R.D. #37 in Peace River as a Teacher, Supervisor of Special Services, Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, overseeing AISI, Professional Development and Mentorship. I have a Special Education background and a Masters Degree in Education Administration focused on leadership in the area of learning disabilities. I have a passion for students with challenges and like nothing better than to plan with teachers and brainstorm ideas on how to improve teaching and learning.  I believe we must build on students’ talents. I enjoy working with parents and feel we need to promote School-Community Partnerships, especially in rural AB.  I enjoy doing workshops on many topics and to a variety of audiences.  In 1999, I was fortunate to be recognized for my work when my staff nominated me for the CSA’s AB Distinguished Service Award, leading to winning the Canadian Association’s “Principal of the Year” Award.  I have served on many boards and love to volunteer in my community.  I particularly enjoyed my work on the AAC Provincial Executive.  Retirement plans include spending time with grandchildren, camping, working as an educational consultant, and continuing my work as a Certified Presenter for the Climate Reality Project – my gift to the earth. 

Jigsaw Learning
Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:



Educational Assistant/Assistant en éducation, Support Staff/Personnel de soutien

Grade Level:

K-12/Tous niveaux Maternelle à 12

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