Association of Teachers of Young Adolescents


Are We There Yet?


Friday, October 22, 2021


Conference Registration now closed
 Receipts for conferences will be distributed electronically from NSTU Central office starting the week following the conference.
They will be emailed to the address provided during registration.

October Conferences will be 100% virtual this year.

Every year, Professional Associations begin planning for their October Conference very early in the New Year. The decision to hold virtual conferences was made in the spring of 2021 based on COVID protocol information available at that time.


Dawn Chapman -

Conference Fees

  • Members:  $60.00
  • Substitutes / Retirees / Pre-Service Teachers:  $50.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. IV.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Conference Agenda:  

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Sign-in (mic and video check)
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introduction of Keynote
9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Keynote - Dashboard Living
10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session A - Human Traffickiing
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch 
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Session B - Pencil Sketching
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. AGM
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Session C - Yoga

Keynote - Dashboard Living - Sara and Brent Miller

Sara & Brent are the powerhouse couple behind Dashboard Living - a travel media company and micro agency that specializes in content and influencer marketing, business strategy and a no BS approach to modern marketing.  

They are passionate about supporting local business and acting as champions for Nova Scotia as a whole.  Sara and Brent host a weekly live show, act as brand ambassadors and teach modern marketing and brand strategy inside their flagship program, The Hive.

Dashboard Living was established in 2015 and operates remotely in Nova Scotia.  With innovation and collaboration at the forefront, Sara & Brent have had the privilege of working with more than 400 local businesses since its inception and look forward to many more years of service to their community.

Session A - Human Trafficking

This presentation will contain stats, define Human Trafficking, the process of recruitment, signs and symptoms of someone who is being recruited, videos and connections to resources
Presenter - Cst. Michelle Harrison, School Liaison Officer, Amherst Police Department

Session B - Pencil Sketching

(Supplies required: pencils, eraser, and 10 sheets of 11x17" paper)
Helen will begin with a brief talk about the types of pencils, the different paper qualities, various erasers and their uses. Then she will focus on the Elements of Art and how they can be worked into art projects useful for teaching. You will create sketches based on this discussion. Remember that ART is not just about drawing. Participants will be encouraged when they feel that they actually CAN produce drawings that represent the ideas they want to express and THAT confidence trickles into other art forms. 
Presenter - Helen Boucher (retired EA and local artist)

Session C - Yoga

You will need a comfortable, quiet (ish) space to move around, and if you don't have a yoga mat maybe you can borrow one from school.  "Are we there yet?" is a great theme to explore, as a yoga practice encourages us to come to the present tense, and out of our busy, planning "teacher-minds". This movement class will be suitable for all levels of practice, and we will start with seated poses (either on a chair or the floor), move to standing, balance, and a long guided meditation practice to end our day.
Presenter - Karen Berezowski (NRHS Yoga 11 teacher since 2007).

Registration Closed

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