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CATCA recognizes that convention is situated on Treaty 7, South of Red Deer River the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the North of Red Deer River Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux territory. We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land.


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Paul Solarz

Author, Learn Like a PIRATE
Consultant, Curriculum Writer, Speaker, Retired 4th/5th Grade Teacher
Mount Prospect, Illinois


Prior to retiring last year, Paul Solarz taught fourth and fifth grade in Arlington Heights, Illinois since 1999. In 2014, Paul was named the Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. In 2015, he wrote the book, "Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower your students to collaborate, lead and succeed" and was also named a Top 50 Global Teacher Prize finalist by the Varkey GEMS Institute in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that same year. In 2017, he was named a Top 50 Qudwa Fellow at the Qudwa Teaching for Tomorrow Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 2020, Paul was named a Teacher of Excellence from the Van Andel Institute of Education. He's now consulting, speaking, writing curriculum, and working on Book #2.

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