THESA Conference 2013
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October 25, 2013
Coquitlam, BC
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Family Studies / Planning

  • Equipping Students with Essential Skills for the Real World: Understanding How Insurance Works
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    Students are coming up to some major milestones in their lives: driving a car for the first time, moving away from home, and figuring out who they are going to be in their adult lives. Helping students understand how insurance works and possible careers in insurance is what Career Connections is all about. Our free classroom ready resources introduce topics that affect every aspect of their real world from budgetary responsibility, that comes with owning a car or having your own apartment, to personal and social responsibility, that comes with being a good person and friend and making responsible choices. This information session will guide you through our resources and lesson plans that compliment curriculum expectations for family studies, life skills, home economics - covering topics such as financial literacy and social responsibility. In addition, Career Connections offers free classroom presentations by industry professionals who have a unique way of bringing the real world directly into the classroom, helping students to not only understand that insurance is a part of everything we do, but also how they can find a variety of careers in this stable market. Participants will leave with copies of our resources.
  • Healthy Attitudes, Healthy Weights, Healthy Schools   CANCELLED
  • Let's Get Digital! Digital Crafting in Foods, Family Studies, and TAC Classes!   CANCELLED
  • New Approaches for 21st Century Home Economics LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    This is an exciting time for Home Economics – when critical global issues of the 21st century are being addressed by engaged citizens in their homes and communities! This workshop invites teachers to explore new teaching technologies and project based learning for Food Studies, Family Studies and Planning. With a modular compilation of Lesson Plans and student Action Packs, teachers can choose from a wide variety of relevant topics to integrate into their course plans. Students research global issues through web-links and online videos and discover local solutions through personal activities in their homes. Lead your students on an exploration of today’s Food choices concerning: Preservatives, GMOs, Pesticides, Industrialized Meat and Ocean Wise. Where better to address the value of community gardens, food security and local economies than in Home Ec? Empower your students to become discerning consumers, avoiding plastic disposables and toxins in cosmetics and cleaning products, conserving energy and water in their homes. Family Studies will love the CONNECTION Module that offers many experiential ways to explore our personal values, family ties, community connection and communication skills. This presentation includes showing some videos, interactive sharing with participants, and a sample student action pack.
  • Practical Set Up and Implementation of Your RealCare Baby Program
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    Babies, bottles, diapers, pins... This is where the fun begins! Ashlee Lazar and Billy Demonte are offering this workshop as they have recently been called on as a resource for teachers who are new to the RealCare Baby program. The workshop is designed to help guide you in the basics of setting up and implementing your program. Be prepared to cover practical topics such as storage and supplementary equipment suggestions, lead up lessons, introductory activities, sign up procedures, sign out procedures, all the way to the post weekend reflection project. If you are new to the RealCare program or have RealCare babies that have been left unused, this workshop will help provide you with enough background to confidently start up your program.
  • Preventing Sexual Exploitation in a Digital Age   CANCELLED
  • Sexual Education Health: The Askable Adult
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    Upon completion, participants will: - explore how they learned about sexuality - know the 4 stages of sexual development - know what information to provide at each stage - explore strategies for creating an unbiased, nonjudgemental environment conducive to talking   about sexuality.    This workshop is for anyone and everyone who has infants, children, teens and young adults in their life; as well as for those who want to be more comfortable when talking/thinking about sex and sexuality. 
  • What's New Baby?   CANCELLED

Food Studies

  • Bannock and Beading: Incorporating Aboriginal Teachings in Home Economics
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    Trista and Dawn will give hands on examples of how to incorporate Aboriginal Learning and content into Home Economics classes. They will begin with an example of lessons that they have taught in classes in the Coquitlam School District, then will give teachers other ideas and samples of lessons and projects which can be used in Food Studies and Textile Studies classes.
  • Bernardin Canning workshop
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    This workshop is intended for all canning enthusiasts who want to learn the most current methods for safe, enjoyable home canning.  The workshop includes a complete demonstration of the boiling-water-bath method of canning, as well as a discussion of pressure canning.  Participants will be able sample products which will be made during the workshop, and go home with a a Bernardin cloth bag and canning recipes and information.  Ample time will be allowed for all questions.
  • Better Together BC: Reconnecting Food and Fun
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    In this presentation, you will learn why children, youth, and other social groups benefit in many ways when families eat together. BC Dairy Association completed research that analyzed why families eat together or don't. Find out how you can support students to cook and eat together more often.
  • Cake Decorating and Embellishments FULL
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    Please note that this is an all day workshop. A hands on workshop where you will learn some simple techniques for cake embellishment that you can take back and teach your students. During this all day workshop, you will explore creating basic punch flowers, borders, draping, and painting on cakes. You will learn basic techniques for using cutters, molds and edible paint as well as tips and tricks for successful cake projects.  Michelle Born will go over basic recipes for making your own fondant, as well as provide recipes in the hand-outs.  Check out Michelle's website at doubletakecakes.wordpress.com!
  • Cake Pops -come experience the fun! FULL
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    This is a hands-on, fast paced workshop where you will experience how to make cake pops.You will be students in my class making and decorating cake pops.After this workshop you will want to make this with your students. A detailed lesson plan and cake pop tips will be provided.
  • Connecting a New Generation to the Foods Classroom FULL
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    Learn about McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s new Food and Nutrition program designed to address B.C’s Home Economics curriculum organizers for grades 9-12. Hands-on activities, practical skills application, critical thinking skills and relevant student connections will be reviewed. Print and digital solutions will be shared. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Ryerson
  • Fast and Fresh LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    I will offer a demonstration class that features locally sourced ingredients.Participants will learn about the importance of buying local, how it impacts our economy and supports local economies. I will demonstrate several recipes that utilize local ingredients. The recipes will be appropriate for use in the classroom, utilizing standard techniques.
  • Flavourful, Healthy, Sustainable Cooking Made Easy!
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    This workshop will showcase how easy it is to make healthy food with local, sustainable ingredients.  Chef Steve Golob will use basic and favourite recipes, integrating healthy ingredients, to make salads, soups, pilafs, etc.  Recipes and templates of local produce will be available.  This workshop will feature a live demo as well as utilize a Prezi to show how these things are achieved at UBC's Dining Hall. Come prepared to learn and discuss food literacy, food trends, and cooking techniques!
  • Food allergies? Learning to support students on special diets   CANCELLED
  • Food Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Engaging Students
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    The purpose of this workshop will be to enter the discussion about how Home Economics and Geography are two subject areas that fit nicely together.  By this, the workshop will look at a course that was developed for this purpose, "Food Literacy: A Hands-On (and Appetizing) Course on Thinking Critically About Food."  This course blends Foods and Nutrition with Human Geography, providing a framework that engages students in cooking, but also places a strong emphasis on critical thinking, a systems framework, and discussion. Participants will learn about the many resources within their reach, and in other areas of the world. They will also be given the opportunity to brainstorm about how they might be able to either blend two disciplines, or borrow from the Food Literacy model to further engage their students. The workshop will open with an ice breaker, and then a brief discussion about the importance of engaging students in the learning process.  After this, a 15 minute presentation about Food Literacy, and the 2012 course will follow. Then, a brief video about how these two subject areas fit together will be shown.  After this, we will look at community programs and services (both in the local area and abroad) that have found success in this transdisciplinary approach. Then, participants will prepare a dish and work together to come up with teaching points about each of the ingredients. Afterwards, we will finish the workshop with a brainstorming session about how to incorporate the Food Literacy model into future classroom practices, whether it be a social studies (Human Geography) class, or a Home Economics (Foods and Nutrition) class.  At the end of the workshop, participants will be asked to fill-out an evaluation. Handouts will be provided for activities, as well as access to links and related material following the workshop.
  • Get Some Dim Sum
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    Dim Sum translated means "touch of heart" meaning you can enjoy what ever your heart desires to eat.  An appetizer style brunch which focuses on several different cooking techniques.  The ultimate goal is for the senior class to participate in dim sum, both sampling different dishes and observing proper etiquette rules.  Each group makes a different dish, then all the foods is shared. During this workshop, participants will be given a cd with a presentation for their students which includes a collection of videos which demonstrate the cooking techniques for dim sum dishes, worksheets and recipes. Participants will go through an overview of the lesson, and sample some of the dishes, such as Vegetarian Potstickers and Sui Mai.
  • Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Why Does it Matter?
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    An informative session presented by members of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Why Does it Matter?, will have the answers to the following questions: - What is the difference: Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, wheat allergy? - What is the prevalence? How is it diagnosed? How do they impact the body? - What are the medications available to treat? - What is the gluten free diet?  What are the current product labelling laws? - What grains are OK, what are not? What about nutrition?  - Recipe tips, techniques for converting classic recipes. Presenters will share their personal experiences and challenges. Gluten free cookbooks will be brought for participants review and information about the availability of gluten free food today.  The lecture will allow time for Q & A and hand out materials and files for lessons will be provided.
  • How to Sharpen Your Knives
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    Participants will learn how to sharpen their own knives using a sharpening steel and wet stones. 
  • Learn to make yogurt, soap, and sauerkraut! Revealing the Mystery of Household Products
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    We run a variety of workshops at Homesteader's Emporium. Some - like kombucha-brewing - introduce an obscure concept. Others, like our baking workshops, teach how to do a familiar task better. The workshops that I find most compelling, though, are those that pull back a curtain of secrecy to reveal the inner workings of a mundane item. In this mixed format talk & demonstration I'll focus on three products that are utterly familiar whose production process is, to most Canadians, utterly foreign: yogurt, soap, and sauerkraut. Conveniently, they are also easy and cheap to make either at home or in a classroom. Attendees will be provided with a printed outline of the presentation, and will learn simple, easily teachable processes for making yogurt, soap, and sauerkraut with minimal special equipment and ingredients.
  • Let's Get Digital! Digital Crafting in Foods, Family Studies, and TAC Classes!   CANCELLED
  • Making Middle School Home Economics Work For You! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    Melissa Edstrom and Rachel Labossiere will guide you through what it is like to teach Home Economics to grades 6, 7, and 8. If you are new to teaching Home Economics, thinking about moving to the middle school level, or just in need of new ideas then this session is for you! Melissa and Rachel will share with you how to plan for an 8 week term, as well as tried and true strategies for teaching 40 minute periods. Be prepared to explore creative ways for approaching the following topics with your students: safety and sanitation, equipment use, running a successful cooking lab, basic nutrition, food systems, issues related to food, food trends, and more! Successful ways to manage a sewing lab, as well as machine and hand sewing projects appropriate for this level will also be discussed. A resource package will be available for purchase.
  • New Approaches for 21st Century Home Economics LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    This is an exciting time for Home Economics – when critical global issues of the 21st century are being addressed by engaged citizens in their homes and communities! This workshop invites teachers to explore new teaching technologies and project based learning for Food Studies, Family Studies and Planning. With a modular compilation of Lesson Plans and student Action Packs, teachers can choose from a wide variety of relevant topics to integrate into their course plans. Students research global issues through web-links and online videos and discover local solutions through personal activities in their homes. Lead your students on an exploration of today’s Food choices concerning: Preservatives, GMOs, Pesticides, Industrialized Meat and Ocean Wise. Where better to address the value of community gardens, food security and local economies than in Home Ec? Empower your students to become discerning consumers, avoiding plastic disposables and toxins in cosmetics and cleaning products, conserving energy and water in their homes. Family Studies will love the CONNECTION Module that offers many experiential ways to explore our personal values, family ties, community connection and communication skills. This presentation includes showing some videos, interactive sharing with participants, and a sample student action pack.
  • New Teacher Workshop - 60 years of experience! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    Ying and Yang (Susan) have over 60 years of experience teaching in Home Economics and we are still learning new ways to engage our students and make our teaching lives easier! If you are new to teaching Home Economics and haven't joined one of our workshops before, come soak in the experience and take home a package of resources, tips and ideas.  Resources and strategies for both Middle and Secondary Home Economics courses will be discussed. 
  • Teaching Local Ingredients with Student Engagement LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    This is an amazing lesson I have taught twice and the students are taking notes and listening.  I will show clips from Agriculture in the Classroom and B.C. Hot House websites and explain how the students take the notes.  Then I will demonstrate Perogies and tried and true recipe using local ingredients.
  • The Basic Science of Baking and Cooking
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    Participants will learn about the basic science behind baking and cooking.  Participants will gain insight into the chemical reactions of  ingredients and will appreciate the role that each ingredient plays in the cooking and baking process.  This workshop is best suited to individuals with little or no food science training. Format of the presentation will be lecture and demonstration. A printed hand-out will be provided.

Great for new teachers, or those new to teaching Home Ec

  • 21st Century Learning - Social Media and Educational Technology
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    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1.) How to utilize social media and various educational technologies to facilitate student learning (IE Class websites/blogs, blended learning methods, 21st Century skills and the Google Platform, social media, etc) FORMAT: 1.) Presentation, discussion, Q & A, and hands-on HAND-OUTS: 1.) Will be provided via a Google shared document
  • Demystifying the Serger LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    Not sure how to thread your serger or still figuring out the tension? This hands on workshop (part of the Build a Better Relationship with your Serger course) will teach you how a serger works, and how to get the most out of it for yourself and your students.
  • Food allergies? Learning to support students on special diets   CANCELLED
  • Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Why Does it Matter?
    » more information
    An informative session presented by members of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Why Does it Matter?, will have the answers to the following questions: - What is the difference: Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, wheat allergy? - What is the prevalence? How is it diagnosed? How do they impact the body? - What are the medications available to treat? - What is the gluten free diet?  What are the current product labelling laws? - What grains are OK, what are not? What about nutrition?  - Recipe tips, techniques for converting classic recipes. Presenters will share their personal experiences and challenges. Gluten free cookbooks will be brought for participants review and information about the availability of gluten free food today.  The lecture will allow time for Q & A and hand out materials and files for lessons will be provided.
  • How to Sharpen Your Knives
    » more information
    Participants will learn how to sharpen their own knives using a sharpening steel and wet stones. 
  • Just a Click Away FULL
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    Are you tired of cueing your videos before class begins? Are your hands blue at the end of the day from your overhead projector pens? Imagine having all your lessons, your files, your images, your exemplars, your demonstrations, and more.... at just a click away! Well, register for this workshop and say goodbye to that overhead projector! Good riddance to that bursting at the seams filing cabinet! Say hello to the digital world! Join me as I demonstrate and discuss the use of technology in the Home Ec classroom. For the past 3 years, I have relied solely on the use of my laptop, projector, webcam and Powerpoint for each and every lesson. See how each lesson can be presented daily to your students, how you can use exemplars to demonstrate learning, access videos and audio files in an instant without fumbling over DVD's, TV's and cords and so much more! Demonstrations in Textiles and Foods have become incredibly easy and they can all be at a click of a button!"  In this presentation, Joanne will demonstrate how you can change the delivery of your lessons with simple Powerpoint presentations, videos, graphics and images, using and incorporating exemplars, tables, graphic organizers and implementing amazing demonstrations - all at, "Just a Click Away".
  • Making Middle School Home Economics Work For You! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    Melissa Edstrom and Rachel Labossiere will guide you through what it is like to teach Home Economics to grades 6, 7, and 8. If you are new to teaching Home Economics, thinking about moving to the middle school level, or just in need of new ideas then this session is for you! Melissa and Rachel will share with you how to plan for an 8 week term, as well as tried and true strategies for teaching 40 minute periods. Be prepared to explore creative ways for approaching the following topics with your students: safety and sanitation, equipment use, running a successful cooking lab, basic nutrition, food systems, issues related to food, food trends, and more! Successful ways to manage a sewing lab, as well as machine and hand sewing projects appropriate for this level will also be discussed. A resource package will be available for purchase.
  • New Teacher Workshop - 60 years of experience! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    Ying and Yang (Susan) have over 60 years of experience teaching in Home Economics and we are still learning new ways to engage our students and make our teaching lives easier! If you are new to teaching Home Economics and haven't joined one of our workshops before, come soak in the experience and take home a package of resources, tips and ideas.  Resources and strategies for both Middle and Secondary Home Economics courses will be discussed. 
  • Scrappy Hour FULL
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    This seminar is filled with easy projects and quick gift ideas. Come prepared to be inspired in this one hour lecture / demonstration--guaranteed to reduce that mountain of scraps you can’t bare to part with. All of the projects shown in the seminar are fast and easy to make and are perfect for beginner students.
  • Should my Sewing Machine Do That? LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    This workshop will help demystify the inner workings of sewing machines and sergers. You will learn when you can fix a machine yourself, and when to call in a professional. We will also go over basic machine maintenance to help ensure that your machine is running in great shape!
  • The Basic Science of Baking and Cooking
    » more information
    Participants will learn about the basic science behind baking and cooking.  Participants will gain insight into the chemical reactions of  ingredients and will appreciate the role that each ingredient plays in the cooking and baking process.  This workshop is best suited to individuals with little or no food science training. Format of the presentation will be lecture and demonstration. A printed hand-out will be provided.

Personal Development

  • Bannock and Beading: Incorporating Aboriginal Teachings in Home Economics
    » more information
    Trista and Dawn will give hands on examples of how to incorporate Aboriginal Learning and content into Home Economics classes. They will begin with an example of lessons that they have taught in classes in the Coquitlam School District, then will give teachers other ideas and samples of lessons and projects which can be used in Food Studies and Textile Studies classes.
  • Integrating health and wellness into the culture of BC schools: how can we create healthier schools to support and empower all students to realize their full potential as healthy learners?
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    DASH BC is a non-profit organization that has been committed to fostering and supporting all students in BC to realize their full potential as healthy and competent lifelong learners for over 25 years. We are passionate about the healthy development of all children and are committed to creating healthy schools across BC as the best place to learn, work and play. Our goal is to improve health and learning outcomes for all students by ensuring that all learners are healthy, curious and feel connected to their community. This workshop is designed to provide educators with the knowledge, tools and resources to easily incorporate health into their schools, classrooms, or extracurricular activities in a planned, integrated, and holistic way. It will provide attendees with knowledgeon how they can support and empower their students to be engaged in their own health and learning. Attendees will receive an overview of the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach, a holistic framework for action that integrates health into all aspects of the school, and will also hear real-world examples of what CSH looks like in action. This session will also walk teachers through engaging activities and conversations, as well as tools and resources than can support them to: 1) Determine areas of need within their schools 2) Learn how to create a focus and plans for action 3) Learn how to evaluate their successes For example, educators will learn about the Healthy Living Performance Standards and how these can be used to both choose a learning intention for healthy activities within the classroom. In this session, there will be opportunities for the attendees to contextualize activities happening within their own classrooms or schools into the bigger provincial picture. This workshop will appeal to anyone who is looking for tools, resources or knowledge on new and innovative ways to encourage the health and well-being of their students and all other members of their community.
  • Organizing your Classroom for Success FULL
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    Feel like your classroom is getting buried under a mound of paperwork and student projects? Find that you're only a step ahead of your students? Former teacher and professional organizer Debby Lea will teach you how you can de-clutter and organize your classroom, help with time management, and make your teaching more effective for yourself and your students. 
  • Trip of a Lifetime - China
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    Come find out all the details of the THESA sponsored trip to China in July 2014.  This trip is uniquely tailored to provide and exciting Professional Development opportunity for THESA and Culinary Arts members. Susan Armstrong enjoyed the Culinary Arts trip to China in Spring 2012 so much,  that she wanted to offer the same experience for THESA members! Taste authentic Chinese delicacies.  Participate in a cooking lesson in a Beijing cooking academy.  Watch a demonstration on making noodles and a tea ceremony.  Take pictures of silk worms and cocoons.  Ask our guide about family life and culture during the Cultural Revolution and now.  Climb the Great Wall and walk through Tiannamen Square and the Forbidden City. You won't believe how inexpensive this once-in-a-lifetime, all inclusive trip is!  This is the best deal for Pro D ever!  Susan has "the scoop" and can answer all your questions. Extend your trip to the THESA organized trips to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors or Shanghai or Hong Kong!
  • WAKE UP! Bring Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life.   CANCELLED
  • What are we Evaluating FULL
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     Assessment for Learning.  What are we evaluating? I will share through a power point, handouts and a  talk how I do assessment for learning in respect to the Foods and Nutrition IRP.  My marking has decreased and the students are, well they say they are stress free as I do not use numbers/letters for lab evaluations.  Students help in the evaluation method and at any time of the year they should know where they stand.  I stress I just want the students to have fun, learn the skills at the moment and think about a larger picture than letter grades.

Technology

  • 21st Century Learning - Social Media and Educational Technology
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    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1.) How to utilize social media and various educational technologies to facilitate student learning (IE Class websites/blogs, blended learning methods, 21st Century skills and the Google Platform, social media, etc) FORMAT: 1.) Presentation, discussion, Q & A, and hands-on HAND-OUTS: 1.) Will be provided via a Google shared document
  • Just a Click Away FULL
    » more information
    Are you tired of cueing your videos before class begins? Are your hands blue at the end of the day from your overhead projector pens? Imagine having all your lessons, your files, your images, your exemplars, your demonstrations, and more.... at just a click away! Well, register for this workshop and say goodbye to that overhead projector! Good riddance to that bursting at the seams filing cabinet! Say hello to the digital world! Join me as I demonstrate and discuss the use of technology in the Home Ec classroom. For the past 3 years, I have relied solely on the use of my laptop, projector, webcam and Powerpoint for each and every lesson. See how each lesson can be presented daily to your students, how you can use exemplars to demonstrate learning, access videos and audio files in an instant without fumbling over DVD's, TV's and cords and so much more! Demonstrations in Textiles and Foods have become incredibly easy and they can all be at a click of a button!"  In this presentation, Joanne will demonstrate how you can change the delivery of your lessons with simple Powerpoint presentations, videos, graphics and images, using and incorporating exemplars, tables, graphic organizers and implementing amazing demonstrations - all at, "Just a Click Away".
  • Let's Get Digital! Digital Crafting in Foods, Family Studies, and TAC Classes!   CANCELLED

Textile Studies

  • Bannock and Beading: Incorporating Aboriginal Teachings in Home Economics
    » more information
    Trista and Dawn will give hands on examples of how to incorporate Aboriginal Learning and content into Home Economics classes. They will begin with an example of lessons that they have taught in classes in the Coquitlam School District, then will give teachers other ideas and samples of lessons and projects which can be used in Food Studies and Textile Studies classes.
  • Demystifying the Serger LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    Not sure how to thread your serger or still figuring out the tension? This hands on workshop (part of the Build a Better Relationship with your Serger course) will teach you how a serger works, and how to get the most out of it for yourself and your students.
  • Foundation Pieced Pillow Project
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    I will present a hands-on workshop that a Home Economics teacher can use to meet the following learning outcomes; - using design and colour theory - working competently with sewing machines, sergers and irons - safe use of rotary cutters and other equipment - hand -basting, insertion of zipper, accurate measurement - the completed project meets the learning objectives for Grade 9/10  Textiles
  • Fun Ways to Bring Sustainability into Your Textiles Classroom LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    Show your students some alternatives to cheap, unsustainable fashion. In this workshop, Catherine and Denise will show some of the problems caused by the global fashion industry and then show some fun, fast and fashionable ways to recycle clothing and textile items. The workshop will conclude with a quick hands-on scrap project. Hand outs will be provided.
  • Little Zippered Bag
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    In this workshop, you will create a little zippered bag, which could be used as a pencil case, make-up bag, or to store sewing notions. A great project to use up fabric scraps.
  • Making Middle School Home Economics Work For You! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    Melissa Edstrom and Rachel Labossiere will guide you through what it is like to teach Home Economics to grades 6, 7, and 8. If you are new to teaching Home Economics, thinking about moving to the middle school level, or just in need of new ideas then this session is for you! Melissa and Rachel will share with you how to plan for an 8 week term, as well as tried and true strategies for teaching 40 minute periods. Be prepared to explore creative ways for approaching the following topics with your students: safety and sanitation, equipment use, running a successful cooking lab, basic nutrition, food systems, issues related to food, food trends, and more! Successful ways to manage a sewing lab, as well as machine and hand sewing projects appropriate for this level will also be discussed. A resource package will be available for purchase.
  • New Teacher Workshop - 60 years of experience! LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    Ying and Yang (Susan) have over 60 years of experience teaching in Home Economics and we are still learning new ways to engage our students and make our teaching lives easier! If you are new to teaching Home Economics and haven't joined one of our workshops before, come soak in the experience and take home a package of resources, tips and ideas.  Resources and strategies for both Middle and Secondary Home Economics courses will be discussed. 
  • Photo Transfer To Fabric
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    Every picture tells a story, so if you have pictures and you sew you will love this class. Bring yesterdays memories together with today’s technology to create an heirloom in fabric. Whether you pictures are old or new, film or digital, you can transfer them to fabric with you inkjet printer and scanner. Create heirloom quilts, design your own custom labels, wall hangings, repair old quilts by duplicating fabrics in the quilt.... your imagination is the limit. This class is loaded with helpful tips, creative ideas as well as unique projects.
  • Scrap Happy LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
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    This class is filled with creative ways to utilize your mountain of scraps in ways other than quilting. These unique, fast and easy projects can be sewn in no time. All of the projects are perfect for beginner sewing students. You will be amazed at how fast and easy these projects are to make, they are great projects for your sewing students.  Cindy will have kits with everything pre-cut so that you will just sit and sew in this session.
  • Scrappy Hour FULL
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    This seminar is filled with easy projects and quick gift ideas. Come prepared to be inspired in this one hour lecture / demonstration--guaranteed to reduce that mountain of scraps you can’t bare to part with. All of the projects shown in the seminar are fast and easy to make and are perfect for beginner students.
  • Should my Sewing Machine Do That? LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER NOW
    » more information
    This workshop will help demystify the inner workings of sewing machines and sergers. You will learn when you can fix a machine yourself, and when to call in a professional. We will also go over basic machine maintenance to help ensure that your machine is running in great shape!
  • Stampin' Up Card Making Session
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    Today, we communicate and send our greetings via text messaging, Facebook and email. Everything is about speed and convenience, which we can all relate to, as our lives only seem to be getting busier. But think back for a moment, to the last time that you picked up the mail and was surprised to find within the stack of bills a handmade card with a personalized message from someone that was thinking about you. Those generic “happy birthday” messages from 100 of your closest friends on your Facebook wall can’t even compare to how special even one handmade card makes you feel. In an age where technology overruns snail mail, getting or sending a handmade card is a real treat. Perhaps, we should all take a little time to brighten up someone’s day by giving something more personalized. The kids nowadays don’t know this - but it is all these personal touches that truly make us human. Whether you teach home economic courses, like to give out thank-you notes or treats to your students and colleagues or just want to give a special card or gift to a friend or family member; this workshop will give you an introduction to the beautiful paper crafting possibilities. Slow down for a moment and spend some time making something that means something. This workshop consists of a brief demonstration and then it will be all hands-on! You will leave this class with super cute handmade cards and a fun treat holder!
  • The Art of Fashion Illustration: Fashion Design
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    The world of fashion design often brings to mind glamorous images of fashion magazines and runway models. Fashion design is a multi-faceted field requiring not only artistry but also technical skills. This workshop will give participants a realistic approach to the industry by incorporating these areas. Participants will learn to draw a croquis, the figure outline on which designs are sketched. They will also learn how to draw clothing and represent the texture of fabric in their sketch.
  • We are the Makers: Exploring Approaches, Application and Appreciation of fashioned textiles, clothing and craft globally and locally
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    The workshop format will be blended ; lecture and discussion  will combine with a hands on activity. The lecture would include a powerpoint presentation of images of weaver, spinners and dyers engaging textile creation and handcraft, and a display of textile pieces form Peru, India and Ghana. Participants will be exposed to complexities of handworked textiles and the challenges faced by the artisan maker.  The approaches used to create design, convey meaning and how these facets are applied and incorporated in the production of the cloth.  Gain awareness of sustainable markets for textiles and fashion and re-awaken wonder of the complexities of hand crafted cloth and textiles.  Participants will learn about valuing the time, skill and aesthetic aspects of hand crafted cloth and textiles, while also exploring the cultural meaning and traditions related to the cloth used. Be prepared to engage in conversations about sustainable clothing consumption and fashion!


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