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Peace country teachers flock to annual convention

Students across the Peace County have the next two days off school as their teachers make their way to Grande Prairie for the annual Mighty Peace Teachers’ Convention. On March 8th and 9th, an estimated 1,400 educators will take part in sessions spanning all subjects.

“We have some great health and wellness sessions, some physical education sessions,” says association president Julie Gummeson. “We’re looking at Truth and Reconciliation, what that’s going to mean for education, and we have many First Nations, Métis and Inuit to help us with that.”

Several courses on technology are also in the works, as well as a women’s luncheon to celebrate female contributions to education the same week as International Women’s Day. Teachers can choose whichever sessions they’d like.

The convention is held for teachers from the Grande Prairie area and as far away as Manning, Valleyview and McLennan as an opportunity for networking and professional development. Gummeson says it’s also a much needed break for the teachers in between the Christmas and Easter holidays.

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“It rejuvenates our passion for our jobs, so then we go back and we have new ideas, we’re enlightened, we have new perspectives, so I think it’s really a benefit for the students who have to come in with those new viewpoints, ideas, strategies, and techniques.”

The convention is largely held at Grande Prairie Composite High School, but sessions are also taking place at Peace Wapiti Academy, Harry Balfour and St. Joseph Catholic High School. Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park and the Eastlink Centre will also play host to physical education courses.

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