Teachers gather for CONTACT 2008



    HALIFAX, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Close to 100 teachers from Atlantic Canada will
congregate at St. F.X. University in Antigonish for the annual CONTACT
(Conference on New Techniques and Classroom Teaching) August 5 to 8, 2008.
    "Effective teaching demands on-going professional development," says new
NSTU President Alexis Allen. "This conference brings teachers together to
share ideas, reflect on experiences and celebrate all that is best about
teaching. It is one of the best opportunities for classroom teachers to meet
and confer with colleagues from other Atlantic provinces."
    The year's conference hosted by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union will focus
on Classroom Connections. Highlights of the event include the following
plenary sessions: Connecting with Students presented by Charlie MacDonald,
relationship technologist and retired teacher from the Cape Breton-Victoria
Regional School Board; From Hopscotch to Hypermedia, presented by Brenda
MacIsaac, Elementary Programs' Coordinator for the Cape Breton-Victoria
Regional School Board; Diversity and Cultural Connections: Connecting
Diversity to Human Rights and Global Citizenship presented by Dina Desveaux,
UNICEF Canada, Atlantic Region and Connecting to Our Future presented by
Betty-Jean Aucoin, NSTU executive staff officer.
    In addition to the plenary sessions, other sessions focus on practical,
effective techniques for making environmental, diversity & cultural,
professional and technological connections designed to benefit all classroom
teachers. Delegates include teachers from all grade levels in all subject
areas.

    CONTACT is a regional conference organized by the Nova Scotia Teachers
Union, the New Brunswick Teachers' Association, l'Association des enseignantes
et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
Teachers' Federation and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association.
The conference provides teachers with the opportunity to remain current in
their profession and make contact with colleagues from the Atlantic region.
    For more information about CONTACT 2008 and/or to download a brochure, go
to Learning Opportunities under the professional development banner on the
NSTU website at www.nstu.ca. CONTACT is one of many professional development
opportunities available to Nova Scotia teachers this summer. A complete list
is available on the NSTU website under Summer Learning Opportunities in the
professional development area.




For further information:

For further information: Angela Murray, Nova Scotia Teachers Union,
Public Relations and Communications Staff Officer, (902) 497-0194 (cell)

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