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Sunday, April 15
 

2:00pm MDT

uLead Conference Registration Desk Open
Delegates may pick up their nametags and conference handouts at the Registration Desk in the President's Hall Foyer beginning at 2:00 PM.  You will need to wear your nametag to participate in conference sessions and meals at uLead.

Sunday April 15, 2018 2:00pm - 7:15pm MDT
President's Hall Foyer

5:30pm MDT

6:30pm MDT

Opening Keynote Presentation: Practical Creativity: How to recognize it and cultivate it in your school
Creativity. Businesses want to harness it in their employees. Educators want to foster it in their students. Schools want to inspire it in their teachers. Parents want to encourage it in their children. But how do we teach it? How do we measure it? How do we design creativity into an educational system that seems to discourage it at every turn? And how do we as leaders help students tap into it so they’re confident learners and problem solvers in any situation?

Join Rebecca Hare, industrial designer and educator, in a hands-on exploration of creativity. You’ll learn how to identify the five norm-referenced measures of creative thinking so that you and your faculty can teach students to consciously increase their creative problem solving skills. You’ll leave with some simple strategies that designers use to solve problems and generate innovative solutions that will empower you and your students as creatorsLunch on Monday and Tuesday will be in the Cascade/Conservatory Rooms and also the Van Horne Ballroom.

A map to the hotel is available here: http://www.fairmont.com/uploadedfiles/sites/banff_springs/pdf/bsh_key_to_the_castle_map.pdf
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Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hare

Rebecca Hare

DESIGNER EDUCATOR
After a decade in Italy as a design consultant and creative director, Rebecca Louise Hare became fascinated with education. The young designers she hired, she found, struggled with problem-solving and critical thinking. She returned to the U.S. to study education and built on her... Read More →


Sunday April 15, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

8:30pm MDT

9:00pm MDT

 
Monday, April 16
 

6:45am MDT

7:00am MDT

9:00am MDT

Monday AM Keynote Presentation: Designing the Future of Teacher Learning
Changing times require schools to become modern learning organisations - that are able to adapt to external shifts, embrace innovation and ultimately improve a range of valued student outcomes. It is the work of educational leaders to create the teams, cultures and organizational routines necessary for schools to become sites of powerful learning for both students and adults.

In this keynote Simon will explore the core components of schools that create both the technical and social infrastructure for teachers to collectively learn, improve and innovate together. He will make the case that your teacher learning strategy must become the core of your school/ district improvement strategy

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate complex change, harness research evidence and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon is the Founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, which equips educator teams with the research, routines and tools they need to drive improvement and innovation. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

10:30am MDT

11:00am MDT

Aménagement alternatif de la salle de classe
L’aménagement alternatif est une approche pour faciliter et améliorer l’apprentissage et l’attention des élèves en classe. Les recherches concluent que le cerveau apprend et retient davantage lorsqu’il est stimulé par des mouvements ou activités physiques. Dans une classe où il y a plusieurs endroits de travail, les élèves choisissent ce qu’ils considèrent comme étant la meilleure position pour apprendre et être le plus réceptif en classe. Lors de cet atelier, nous explorerons les bienfaits de cette approche, les étapes à suivre pour l'implantation , des petits trucs peu coûteux .

Speakers
avatar for Isabelle Côté

Isabelle Côté

Je suis employée du conseil scolaire FrancoSud depuis 2006. J'ai enseigné la maternelle pendant 8 années. À la maternelle, j'ai collaboré à l'élaboration d'une approche; Bouger pour apprendre. J'ai donné plusieurs ateliers à ce sujet. J'ai aussi travaillé avec la FSFA pour... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Communicating Through Materials to Influence Task Design
In this hands-on workshop, explore how material selection, set-up and task design can affect student learning. Join the team from TELUS Spark Science Centre (Calgary) to explore how unspoken signals communicate messages to students and can impact their success.  You will work with materials and use the understanding of their power to communicate to learners to design impactful learning moments.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelyn Oriold

Jacquelyn Oriold

Jacquelyn Oriold is the Professional Learning Specialist at TELUS Spark Science Centre. With a special interest in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and an evolving understanding of human centred design, she strives to always maintain an open-minded world view, valuing learning... Read More →
avatar for Elka Walsh

Elka Walsh

Dr. Elka Walsh is passionate about active learning. As a senior educational leader with almost 20 years of experience in higher education, Elka brings that passion to TELUS Spark in her role as Vice President, Education and Learning. She believes that learning happens everywhere and... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

11:00am MDT

Cultivating Critical Thinkers with Learn To Code
Coding is essential for students to thrive in a future driven by technology. When you teach coding, you also teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Learn from an Apple Distinguished Educator who uses the free Swift Playgrounds app and Learn to Code lessons in his middle and high school classes.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Petronech

Scott Petronech

Scott Petronech is the principal of Chamberlain School and the Arden T. Litt Centre for Learning for Horizon School District No. 67. Scott is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an Apple Professional Development Trainer.


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Designing systems for embedded teacher learning
This session follows on from Dr Breakspear’s keynote presentation to provide a conceptual model and practical tools to support leaders to build organisational cultures and routines for continual professional growth.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate complex change, harness research evidence and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon is the Founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, which equips educator teams with the research, routines and tools they need to drive improvement and innovation. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

11:00am MDT

Equity for all using the right digital resources
What are the effects on today’s modern classrooms as we move into the 4th industrial revolution?  How do we achieve equity in global, knowledge based classrooms for all students who have the same abilities but not the same access?  This talk will explore what initiatives have been successful around the world in promoting equity in the classroom and what Nelson, as Canada's largest educational publisher, is doing to change the way we prepare this country's students for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Brown

Steve Brown

President & Chief Executive Officer, Nelson
Steve Brown has made his mark in Canada and Internationally by leading organizations through digital transformation. His career spans a diverse mix of industry and technology experience from multi-media entertainment, logistics services, automotive, and now to learning solutions.Since... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
THEATRE

11:00am MDT

Leadership in 2030 –A brief history of tomorrow
Yuval Harari contends that in the 21st century it will be necessary to understand biotechnology and computer algorithms, and there will be a ‘gap between those who know how to engineer bodies and brains and those who do not’ (2014, p. 273). This session explores why Harari’s contention matters for school leadership, focusing on how Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience are already part of education, and their role in education in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Kalervo Gulson

Kalervo Gulson

Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
Kalervo N. Gulson is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia. His work draws on human geography, education policy studies, and science and technology studies. His current research investigates two areas: 1. the connections between... Read More →
avatar for P. Taylor Webb

P. Taylor Webb

P. Taylor Webb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. His work is situated within social theory, education policy studies, and non-representational methods. His current research examines the implications for educational... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

11:00am MDT

Leadership is a Choice, Not a Position
The key to any successful organization (district, school or family) is the ability to establish trusting relationships. This highly interactive, engaging session will focus on how to establish trusting relationships through principle centered leadership.  Participants will learn that the trust begins with the core 4 of credibility (Integrity, Intent, Capabilities and Results), once we have established our own credibility, we can develop trusting relationships. Participants will learn the power of language, the skill of listening and how to apply these leadership principles in their daily interactions. Participants will leave the day with leadership tools they can apply tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Leader in Me

Leader in Me

Client Partner, FranklinCovey - Leader in Me
Leader in Me is an evidence-based PK-12 model, developed in partnership with educators, designed to build resilience and leadership in students, create a high-trust culture, and help improve academic achievement.


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
MOUNT STEPHEN HALL

11:00am MDT

Leading Literacy Learning: Effective Education Paradigm Design
Learning concepts through acquisition is not the same as teaching concepts through a developmental paradigm. This presentation will provide inclusive literacy practices for all learners, including those with indigenous backgrounds.

Speakers
avatar for Ellyn Arwood

Ellyn Arwood

Professor, University of Portland
As a speech-language pathologist for 47 years, a practitioner-consultant across ages and grades, as a professor for 41 years in speech, language, general education, special education,and neuroeducation; Arwood is the author of 9 books, numerous articles, hundreds of invited presentations... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

11:00am MDT

Leading safer workplaces – designing responses to issues of occupational violence for principals, teachers and education support workers
Schools are workplaces as much as they are places of learning and teaching. There is mounting evidence of the incidence of occupational violence in schools and the measurable impact of that violence on the wellbeing of school leaders. In the Australian context, research such as that of Associate Professor Philip Riley, Australian Catholic University, through the Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey (https://www.principalhealth.org/au/index.php), provides a seven-year longitudinal view of this issue.

The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey has run nationally across all eight Australian school jurisdictions every year since 2011. Since the project began, approximately 50% of Australia’s 10,000 principals have taken part. Many have completed multiple surveys. Anecdotal evidence suggests many incidents of violence involving workers in schools are going unreported because of the normalisation of violence towards school workers. While there is a research gap in respect of education support workers and teachers, the compelling nature of the evidence available for school leaders necessitates inclusive action for all workers in schools.

As an additional consideration, occupational violence in the school context, by its very nature, is gendered violence. Women make up more than 70% of our school workforce. National and international attention on the issues of violence against women and girls, whatever the circumstances, has recently propelled this issue to greater prominence.

State governments as employers of workers in state (public) schools in Australia, have a legislated responsibility to provide safe and healthy working environments. Confronted by the evidence, Australian teacher unions, in cooperation with those governments, have been pursuing a variety of solutions to provide appropriate protections for school leaders, and all workers in schools, from all forms of violence perpetrated by parents, students and others.

This presentation will focus on both the processes of designing solutions and some of the outcomes targeted at preventing violence in schools as a workplace while delivering practical support and timely assistance to employees whose wellbeing has been compromised by experiences of occupational violence.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bates

Kevin Bates

President, Queensland Teachers' Union
Kevin is a secondary social science teacher and taught in Queensland state schools in Biloela, Redcliffe, Kedron and Dunwich from 1987-1994. He has been an officer of the QTU for 24 years, as an Organiser (1994-2000 and 2007-2011) and Industrial Advocate (2000-2006) prior to becoming... Read More →



Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
DAVID O'BRIEN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Pushing the Limits – Schools of the Future Exist in the Here and Now
Incorporating excerpts from their book, Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow, the authors will share stories of schools and educators across Canada that are pushing the limits of what’s possible to prepare our children today for the challenges of tomorrow.

Learn about:
i.  An inner-city elementary school in Toronto where students used mathematics to examine and change the culture of the playground;
ii.  One teacher in Regina who adapted creativity practices from Google to inspire his students to uncover their own genius;
iii.  How teachers and school systems in B.C. are helping students regulate their emotions and become more successful in school;
iv.  Schools in Toronto working in partnerships with scientists to create new technologies to allow students to communicate in ways that were previously impossible;
v.  Cutting-edge ways that families and community agencies are working with schools to make students more successful in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Leave with ideas to take back to your own context, whether you are a parent or an educator, and specific strategies for helping schools push the limits of what is possible and maintain high expectations for all children.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Kelly Gallagher-Mackay is a lawyer, researcher and education activitist. She is an assistant professor of Law and Society at Wilfre Laurier University, where she researched issues of equity in education and children's services. Before joining the faculty, she was Research Director... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Steinhauer

Nancy Steinhauer

Nancy Steinhauer is an educational leader with over twenty years of experience ranging from Canada's top private schools to divers, inner-city public schools. As principal of George Webster Elementary School, she was one of the first principals to be part of the Model Schools for... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

11:00am MDT

Reaching At-Risk Youth Through Experiential Learning - My Experience Leading an Experiential High School
Experiential learning has been shown to one of the most effective educational programs for at-risk youth.  This session will focus on the recent innovative approach the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board in Nova Scotia, Canada has taken in establishing three experiential high schools for at-risk youth that have not been successful in the traditional high school setting.  In its 2015 Education Action Plan, the Nova Scotia government recognized the innovative design of these experiential high schools and the alternative pathway they offer students to succeed within an educational setting.  This session will focus on how these schools, through their specific design, meet the unique and often complex needs of the at-risk students it serves.  Topics will also include experiential/adventure based education and the successes that have been achieved with at-risk students.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mason

Michael Mason

Principal, Highbury Education Centre
Mike Mason is the principal of Highbury Education Centre in New Minas, Nova Scotia.  Highbury Education Centre is an alternative high school that focuses on providing experiential learning opportunities for students who have not been successful in a traditional high school setting... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
OAK ROOM

11:00am MDT

The Joy of Professional Learning: Teachers are Learners First
This session will give school leaders and teachers a variety of tools and activities which will help them implement innovative professional learning practices in their learning environment. You'll also learn where you can access over 50 easy to implement exciting professional learning "recipes."

Speakers
avatar for Camilla Gagliolo

Camilla Gagliolo

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools
ISTE Program Director | Instructional Technology Coordinator | Apple Distinguished Educator | United StatesI am currently working as an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Klynen

Kurt Klynen

Leadership and Vision Coach | Apple Distinguished Educator | CEO Rethink | BelgiumI’m a lifelong learner and teacher who started his career 16 years ago. Nowadays I teach from age 2 to 65+ in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. After school hours I worked with teachers on... Read More →
avatar for Christine Klynen

Christine Klynen

COO|Leadership Coach|Professional Learning Consultant|, Joy of Professional Learning
I am an Innovator |  Leader | Consultant | Author | Vision Former | ADE |  ISTE Program Committee Change Maker | Teacher of Teachers | Disrupter | @joyofpl | “Let failure be a tailwind not a headwind.” | United StatesI am committed to collaboration with leadership teams, working... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

11:00am MDT

The Principal’s Role in Supporting TQS Implementation
With new Teaching Quality Standards comes questions of teacher growth, supervision and evaluation for principals. This session will help principals understand their role in implementing the new TQS and will provide valuable information, resources, and contacts that will be instrumental in the coming months.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Cameron

Carolyn Cameron

Alberta Education
Carolyn Cameron has been a teacher and administrator, both at the school and district level. She has presented on numerous occasions with her school and district staff on creating learning organizations that emphasize ongoing professional learning through collaborative communities... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson has served as a school and district-level leader in Alberta for many years and is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He has served in a leadership role in both the Council for School Leadership and also Alberta... Read More →
avatar for James Trodden

James Trodden

Alberta Education


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

11:00am MDT

Working As A School System And Not A System Of Schools
In response to recognizing that we were working as a system of schools rather than a school system, Battle River School Division implemented a professional learning collaborative, "Principal Academy". The Academy sessions provided time to collaborate with the principals on the instructional leadership aspects of their work to create vibrant learning communities. The focus was on: instructional leadership, school culture, relationships, classroom visits and providing meaningful feedback, and analysis of school data to advance student learning. The role of principals is pivotal in transforming our public education system.

Speakers
MS

Maria Schaade

Maria Schaade is an experienced middle school principal in the Battle River School District.   She holds the conviction that relationships are crucial in their work as educators, learners, and leaders.
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Alan Welde

Alan Welde is a K-12 principal in the Battle River School District. He holds the conviction that relationships are crucial in their work as educators, learners, and leaders.


Monday April 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

12:00pm MDT

Lunch
Lunch on Monday and Tuesday will be in the Cascade/Conservatory Rooms and also the Van Horne Ballroom.  If you have just attended a concurrent session in the main hotel your closest lunch venue is the Cascade/Conservatory.  If you attended a concurrent session in the conference centre then your closest lunch venue is the Van Horne Ballroom.

All delegates will need to make their way to the Van Horne Ballroom by 1 PM to participate in the afternoon keynote presentation each day.

A map to the hotel is available here: http://www.fairmont.com/uploadedfiles/sites/banff_springs/pdf/bsh_key_to_the_castle_map.pdf 

Monday April 16, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
CASCADE/CONSERVATORY & VAN HORNE BALLROOM

1:00pm MDT

Ministerial Panel on Curriculum
The panelists will engage in a conversation on the role of curricula worldwide in public education and the importance of the teaching profession leading its development.

Speakers
avatar for Lilja Alfredsdottir

Lilja Alfredsdottir

Minister of Education, Science and Culture - Iceland, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Lilja Alfredsdottir is Iceland‘s Minister of Education, Science and Culture and former Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Ms. Alfredsdottir is also a member of Parliament.Before her participation in politics, Ms. Alfredsdottir served as Deputy Director of the Central... Read More →
avatar for Judge David Arnot

Judge David Arnot

Judge Arnot was seconded from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan to be Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on January 15, 2009 for a five year term. On January 15, 2014, Judge Arnot was reappointed as Chief Commissioner for an additional five year term... Read More →
avatar for David Eggen

David Eggen

Minister of Education, Government of Alberta
David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education on May 24, 2015. He previously also served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism. Mr. Eggen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on April 23, 2012 and again on May 5, 2015. He previously represented... Read More →
avatar for Tony Mackay

Tony Mackay

Anthony Mackay is CEO of the Melbourne-based Centre for Strategic Education. The Centre focuses on Educational Leadership, Professional Practice, School Improvement, Curriculum and Assessment, and Innovation in Education at state, national and international levels – encompassing... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM
  Keynote Presentation
  • Moderator Anthony Mackay

2:15pm MDT

Break & Transition
Monday April 16, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

2:30pm MDT

The Joy of Professional Learning: Leaders are Learners too
This session will give administrators, instructional coaches, and school leaders a variety of tools and activities which will help them implement innovative professional learning practices on their sites or with their teams. You'll also learn where you can access over 50 easy “recipes” to create engaging professional learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Camilla Gagliolo

Camilla Gagliolo

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools
ISTE Program Director | Instructional Technology Coordinator | Apple Distinguished Educator | United StatesI am currently working as an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Klynen

Kurt Klynen

Leadership and Vision Coach | Apple Distinguished Educator | CEO Rethink | BelgiumI’m a lifelong learner and teacher who started his career 16 years ago. Nowadays I teach from age 2 to 65+ in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. After school hours I worked with teachers on... Read More →
avatar for Christine Klynen

Christine Klynen

COO|Leadership Coach|Professional Learning Consultant|, Joy of Professional Learning
I am an Innovator |  Leader | Consultant | Author | Vision Former | ADE |  ISTE Program Committee Change Maker | Teacher of Teachers | Disrupter | @joyofpl | “Let failure be a tailwind not a headwind.” | United StatesI am committed to collaboration with leadership teams, working... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

A practical exploration of the curriculum work key competencies should do – The New Zealand experience
Every nation that includes some version of key competencies in their curriculum aligns them with “21st century” learning imperatives. Beyond that high-level thinking, it is not obvious exactly how they should provide the impetus for changing teaching and learning. After a decade of implementation endeavours in New Zealand we know that simply adding them to the existing curriculum won’t work. Come to this workshop if you would like a practical experience of the “weaving” approach we have been slowly developing and are now in the process of consolidating. Bring a favourite learning task with you. We’ll use a novel set of weaving cards to explore possibilities for enriching the intended learning with that extra “something” any set of key competencies could add to the curriculum that students (and their teachers) experience.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Hipkins

Rosemary Hipkins

Chief Researcher, NZCER
Rosemary (Rose) is a Chief Researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. She has a strong interest in the complex space at the intersection of curriculum and assessment practices. Rose was actively involved in the development of both the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC... Read More →
avatar for Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles

Principal, EPSB
Jean


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Citizenship Education: The New 3 R’s – Rights, Responsibilities, and Respect
What responsibility do students, classrooms, and schools have in building stronger and more inclusive communities? What responsibility do we have, as educators, leaders, and stakeholders, to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed as global citizens?

Unresolved issues, including ignorance about difference, race, and gender, threaten every society. Judge David Arnot, Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, will speak about the need to engage students to become advocates for equality, equity, and democracy, and the work of the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation that supports these goals.

Concentus is helping students, teachers, and schools in two ways. First, with classroom ready citizenship education resources that integrate with curriculum to provide seamless instruction on difficult topics such as: mental health and addictions, disability, racism, gender, and Indigenous culture. For example, the Concentus resources link directly to the Teaching Treaties in the Classroom (“We are All Treaty People”) resources.

The Concentus citizenship education resources are about helping students understand the new 3 R’s – rights, responsibilities, and respect. The resources help students become enlightened, empowered, empathetic, ethical, and engaged – the five essential citizenship competencies (the “5 E’s”). With an understanding of the 3 R’s and the 5 E’s, students are informed, understand how they can contribute to the dialogue, and become part of the responsibility revolution.

Second, Concentus is challenging students, educators, and communities to act on the 3 R’s by entering into community-based dialogues. The first ever-Courageous Conversations event, held in Saskatchewan in November 2016, was a blueprint for dialogue, and a starting point for meaningful action, between students and community leaders. Chief Commissioner Arnot will speak about that event, how it can be modeled in other communities, and the need to learn about the issues that matter.

Effective courageous conversations will positively affect our schools, workplaces, and our communities. As Arnot will emphasize, responding to the challenges of today in a way that respects democratic principles will define the twenty-first century.

Speakers
avatar for Judge David Arnot

Judge David Arnot

Judge Arnot was seconded from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan to be Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on January 15, 2009 for a five year term. On January 15, 2014, Judge Arnot was reappointed as Chief Commissioner for an additional five year term... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Dream Big - The Building of a High School Sports Complex
Dakota Collegiate is one of the most innovative, progressive, and inclusive secondary schools in Manitoba. In 2015, Dakota Collegiate was awarded the C21 National Shifting Minds Award and in 2016 was voted The Winnipeg Free Press, Best of Winnipeg Readers’ Choice Award as the top rated high school in Winnipeg. With close to 100 elective courses, more than 60 extra-curricular groups and activities and over 80 languages spoken within its doors, it is easy for students to find and explore what they’re passionate about, whether it’s football and hockey, drama and music, or computers and cars.  In keeping with a commitment to be innovative, in 2014 Dakota Collegiate started to ‘Dream Big’ and began the planning process to construct a multi-sport athletic complex.

What started with a simple idea grew into a multi-million dollar capital campaign. Through an innovative process combining private and public partnerships and grassroots community involvement the simple dream became reality in the fall of 2017.

Dakota Collegiate and the surrounding community did not have a usable sports field for recreation, practice or competition.  For five decades, the field has been nothing more than an expanse of land with a set of goal posts. The athletic field was previously a landfill for new home construction making the field unsafe for student or community use.

Dakota Collegiate now has the facilities for its students and community to match its successful athletic history. While focusing on the needs of the athletic department, physical education classes and the increasing diversity of the changing community demographic the school now has a cricket batting cage, state of the art out-door basketball court and new artificial turf field.

This core conversation will focus on the highs, lows and in-betweens of the process followed to lobby government, partner with community, and reconnect with alumni to raise the necessary funds to construct a complex that will change both the physical landscape, culture of the school and wider community.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Favoni

Dean Favoni

Math Teacher/Coach, Dakota Collegiate
Dean has been a teacher at Dakota Collegiate for over 25 years and is the teacher leader for the math cohort. Apart from teaching math and a dual credit course in university calculus he has strong belief in supporting extra-curricular activities and student involvement in those activities... Read More →
avatar for Robbie Mager

Robbie Mager

Vice Principal, Louis Riel School Division
Robbie Mager, a graduate of Dakota Collegiate, returned to his alma mater in 2011, serving the school as its vice principal. Mager sees the value of connecting education to recreation, and in providing various cultures an opportunity to engage in sport. His most recent endeavor is... Read More →
avatar for Jill Mathez

Jill Mathez

Jill Mathez has 16 years of experience as an administrator in both middle years and high school and has been an educator for 32 years.  During her career, she has mentored numerous assistant principals particularly at the high school level.  Her student centered approach and focus... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
OAK ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Engaging and Empowering Students to Improve School Culture
In this presentation, Joe will share the strategies he has used to engage and empower students to take ownership of their learning, and their school community.  Joe will share the details of his top 10 strategies to support students through initiatives designed to help support positive school culture.  These strategies come from Joe’s experience as a principal of two school settings, a K - 6 and K - 8, his work as a counsellor in high school and junior high and his teaching experiences during the past 17 years.  “It is always exciting to explore with students what else they may pursue to support our school community!”

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Dumont

Joseph Dumont

Principal, Elk Island Catholic Schools
My name is Joseph (Joe) Dumont and I am currently the principal at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Elk Island Catholic Schools.  I have been a principal, assistant principal, teacher and school counsellor in two different school districts in the Edmonton area.  I have... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

2:30pm MDT

How 1% Milk Led to Performance Standards
Over the past year, Delta's educational programs department has been trying something new in supporting teacher learning... and it all started with what they learned about skim milk. During this session Neil and Brooke will share their team's inquiry into how leadership for teacher learning turned into viral marketing techniques, 31 cakes, and the power of small wins. Think Dylan Wiliams plus Simon Breakspear. So far this initative has shifted teacher assessment practice and made significant impacts on student learning. Participants in this session will leave with several strategies for leading change in their own context.

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Moore

Brooke Moore

District Principal of Inquiry and Innovation, Delta School District
Brooke Moore is Delta School District's Principal of Inquiry and Innovation. As part of her role, Brooke co-leads a collaborative teacher inquiry initiative called the "Coordinators of Inquiry" which supports teacher leaders in their work with colleagues using a collaborative inquiry... Read More →
avatar for Neil Stephenson

Neil Stephenson

Director of Learning Services, Delta School District
Neil Stephenson is the Director of Learning Services, Education Programs for the Delta School District. As part of his position, Neil co-leads the District’s Coordinator of Inquiry program; a district-wide system that is inspiring and supporting collaborative teacher inquiry whereby... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Mt. Stephen Hall

2:30pm MDT

Instructional Leader or Emailer-in-Chief: A Phenomenological Study on Email in School Administrators' Lives
"I roll out of bed grab my phone and unplug it from the charging cord. Still sleepy, I make my way to the bathroom and before I even turn on the light, I start reading my email. I wonder how my day is going to be?
 Is anyone going to be away? Does anyone need an answer before school starts?" Does this scenario sound familiar? Email is a communications tool that, though now older, is still used heavily today's schools. This presentation highlights research that began with an explratory study in 2015 and a fully developed study in  2016-17. One aspect of the study focused on the lived experiences of administrators as they received email outside regular school hours. As a ubiquitous tool that provides many benefits, it is also imperative to consider its thoughtful use.  Research specific to school administrators' experiences of email will be shared and participants will have an opportunity to discuss this important issue together.

Speakers
avatar for Joni Turville

Joni Turville

Associate Executive Secretary, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Joni Turville is a teacher of many grades and subjects and has worked in many roles including administrator, consultant, and university instructor. She is also author of numerous books, articles and chapters focused on research and instructional practices. Her latest publication... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
THEATRE

2:30pm MDT

Leading for Learning: How does professional learning and levelled-leadership impact teacher practice and increase student learning?
How does a large system build leadership capacity and maintain systemic coherence while at the same time addressing the unique learning needs of a new generation of aspiring leaders? And how might the growing expertise of this new generation of aspiring leaders be further leveraged in helping to achieve important system and ministry goals while at the same time attending to each school’s unique school improvement agenda? These were some of the leadership issues that Calgary Board of Education system and school leaders were wrestling with and that this design-based professional learning and research study was attempting to investigate.

Through this initiative, CBE hoped to better understand how designing, implementing and sustaining professional learning could enable aspiring leaders to acquire the kind of principled practical knowledge and adaptive expertise necessary to help lead from within today’s diverse contemporary school contexts.

Each year for the past three years, CBE has invited approximately 700 of their aspiring school based teacher leaders, identified as Learning Leaders, to participate in ongoing professional learning in collaboration with the Galileo Educational Network. These Learning Leaders are teachers with expertise in teaching and the desire to lead pedagogical leadership initiatives within their respective schools.  Although, the responsibilities of the Learning Leader vary from school-to-school, there are two aspects of their role that are common. All of the individuals who were selected for these entry-level leadership positions were asked to:
1.  play a key role in supporting colleagues in developing evidence based practices and
2.  support school administration with leading effective teaching practices to positively impact student learning.

This design-based research study is therefore significant because of its potential to increase understanding of and inform professional learning practices for school leaders around two of the key competencies that have been identified for all school leaders in the province of Alberta: Leading a Learning Community and Providing Instructional Leadership (draft SLS 2016). Initial findings suggested that the professional learning was having a significant impact on teacher learning and practice.  

Determining the impact of professional learning for middle level leaders on teacher practice was relatively straight forward. However, tracing the impact of this type of professional learning to student learning becomes far more challenging.  Therefore the second phase of this research study seeks to identify impact on student learning through cross-referenced and triangulated data sets that include site visits, observations, interviews, and  an examination of student and teacher artifacts. This session will describe preliminary findings in tracing the impacts of leadership learning, to teacher learning and student learning within individual classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Barb Brown

Barb Brown

Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Dr. Barbara Brown is associate dean, teaching and learning in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include research-practice partnerships, professional learning, and technology-enhanced learning environments.
avatar for Lori Pamplin

Lori Pamplin

Dr. Lori Pamplin is the Director of Leadership and Learning in the Calgary Board of Education. Her doctoral research was designed to better understand the always emergent, ambiguous and contingent nature of being a school principal within a large urban school district and how such... Read More →
avatar for Candace Saar

Candace Saar

Candace Saar is the Director of Professional Learning for the Galileo Educational Network at the University of Calgary. She has worked with educators and school authorities throughout Alberta, across Canada and internationally to demonstrate how students of all ages become confident... Read More →
avatar for David Stevenson

David Stevenson

Chief Superintendent, Calgary Board of Education
David Stevenson brings over 40 years of CBE experience to his role as chief superintendent of schools. His strong commitment to student learning provides CBE students, parents and staff with solid guidance for improving student achievement. He has a unique combination of skills and... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Personalized Professional Learning - An Effective Model for Teacher Learning
Learn how one school division is engaging teachers in personalized professional learning.  We will present our model, share our ongoing collaborative planning process and highlight teacher reflections of professional growth.   We will also discuss the role of senior administration, school administrators and divisional support.

Personalized Professional Learning in Action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtq-7-49uJQ

Speakers
avatar for Kimberley Adair-Gagnon

Kimberley Adair-Gagnon

Instructional Support Teacher, Louis Riel School Division
Kimberley Adair-Gagnon is a member of the instructional support team for the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She supports teachers in grades 5 - 12.  Kim is an educator with a thirst for learning, passion for literacy, inquiry and joy in learning.  She is a seeker... Read More →
avatar for Christian Michalik

Christian Michalik

Louis Riel School Division
Christian Michalik is an Assistant Superintendent in the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Christian provides primary support to the Instructional Support Coordinator and Team, French Immersion Schools, French language and culture in English Schools, and Indigenous... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Mitchell-Lawson

Lauren Mitchell-Lawson

Instructional Support Coordinator, Louis Riel School Division
Lauren Mitchell-Lawson is the Instructional Support Coordinator for the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She supports literacy, numeracy and assessment for teachers K – 12.  Lauren believes in collaborative learning alongside colleagues, has a passion for numeracy... Read More →
avatar for Cathy-Ann Winters

Cathy-Ann Winters

Instructional Support Teacher, Louis Riel School Division
Cathy-Ann Winters is a member of the instructional support team for the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She supports teachers in grades 5 - 12. Cathy-Ann is dedicated to inspiring cultures of collaboration, learning focused relationships and personalized learning... Read More →



Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Primary Principals’ Association Principal Credential
This presentation will articulate the purpose and the results of a principal association led professional learning and capacity building program for school leaders, against the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (AITSL).
The purpose of the program is to provide principals and aspiring principals with a rigorous program involving national and international educational researchers to drive innovative change, whilst also developing an e-portfolio of action learning, leading to both a professional and internationally recognised university credential - Masters in School Leadership.

Speakers
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Ann McIntyre

Ann McIntyre is recognised for her work in effective teaching and leadership and school and system improvement. Her work is known internationally as a result of its rigor, innovation and efficacy.Ann is the Australian national researcher for the International Teacher Policy Study... Read More →
avatar for Graeme Ross

Graeme Ross

representing PPA Leadership Standing Committee, NSW Primary Principals' Assoc.
Graeme Ross is he principal of Bellingen Public School with the NSW Department of Education. Graeme has been a principal of 4 schools, all medium sized, over 14 years, both city and rural based. Graeme has chaired the NSW Primary Principals' Association (PPA) Leadership Standing Committee... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

ProtoHack is an education experience that engages and empowers people to solve big problems through technology. No code required.
ProtoHack aims to empower students with the tools to succeed in tech without having to be technical. Our methodology has subverted the conventional notion that you start with coding then develop the product. At ProtoHack, innovation starts with ideation and understanding your product and the marketing share available to you.

Speakers
avatar for Rukshana Hassanali

Rukshana Hassanali

Co-founder of Protohack, Protohack
Rukshana is the co-found of ProtoHack, her vision is to help educators reimagine the experience of education. She received her BA in psychology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Watson’s behavioural... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Re-Designing The Learning Experience In Our Schools
“What is the learning experience in your school?”

Whether it is in the classroom, the staff room, at faculty meetings or in the parking lot, our students, parents and educators have dozens of experiences with our schools each day.  Yet with growing curricula, shrinking budgets, students with more diverse needs, and broadening parental and societal expectations, schools and districts have never been more challenged to find ways to design the authentic and unforgettable learning experiences for our entire school community. So where do we start?

In this upbeat and interactive session, participants will look outside of education into the field of design to discover how they can create innovative learning experiences in their schools. Participants will use the Learner-Centered Design (LCD) model to develop their capacity to appreciate the experiences of the learners in their schools, to become designers of immersive learning tasks, and to re-think their approach to resisters of change. By looking ‘outside of the box’ while embracing the parameters ‘inside of the box’, participants will learn to co-create and model the engaging learning environments we want for each of our learners in the K-12 system.

Speakers
avatar for Cale Birk

Cale Birk

Cale is a District Head of Innovation and former high school Principal in British Columbia, Canada. He is the co-author of 'Changing Change Using Learner-Centered Design' and Senior Associate for Agile Schools. Cale works with schools, districts, health care professionals and industry... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Re-imagining High School for the 21st Century; Excite, Engage, Empower
Re-imagining high school and implementing change whole school comes with unique challenges and exciting opportunities.  This year, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate has rolled out its second year of change by introducing a Project Based Learning model into our Grade 10 programming.  We had a successful, exciting and fulfilling year in 2016-2017 as we implemented this model into our Grade 9 programming and this year, we will finalize our design of Grade 11 and Grade 12 to complete our vision.  
Our PBL model affords students an opportunity to incorporate authentic deeper learning opportunities into their studies. It focuses on 21st century skills that we call the 6Cs (Fullan, 2014).  These are:  Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Citizenship, and Character.  We have added a 7th C to the 6Cs with one of our own—Career Development—delivered to our students through Weeks without Walls.
Our design and re-imagining of high school has been successful because an intentional design process, incorporating teachers at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate as well as other interested teacher leaders across the division.  Because of this process, we have been able to create excitement about this innovative teaching and learning opportunities that rippled through the division, quickly making our school become a desired place to work through a time of change.
Change is always difficult and whole school change brings unique challenges.  Our journey has been rapid but successful, because of a number of processes we have put in place to increase voice in our teachers and our students. We are excited to share our journey as well as learn how others have accomplished these shifts in pedagogy.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Nordheim

Irene Nordheim

Assistant Superintendent, Louis Riel School Division
Irene Nordheim is currently the Assistant Superintendent in the Louis Riel School Division. Prior to that Irene was the Principal at Glenlawn Collegiate, Windsor Park Collegiate and Vice Principal at J. H. Bruns Collegiate, Samuel Burland, and St. George. She is a physical education... Read More →
avatar for Charlene Smallwood

Charlene Smallwood

Charlene Smallwood is the Vice-Principal of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate.  Charlene has been an administrator and teacher with a variety of school experiences, both rural and in 4 schools in Louis School Division.  Charlene has researched and visited many schools across North America... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Wagner

Ralph Wagner

Ralph Wagner has been the Principal of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate (located in the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba) for the past five years.  Prior to Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, Ralph was the Principal at Victor H. L. Wyatt School and a Vice Principal at Windsor... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
DAVID O'BRIEN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Teacher Professional Learning and Design Thinking: Towards a Typology of Teachers Inquiry Disposition
Presently, there is a political push for the Victorian Education System to “introduce practitioner-led research, requiring teachers to undertake a new individual or team-based research project every two years” (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [DEECD], 2012, p. 19). The justification is that high performing, or top tier, systems in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “support research undertaken by teachers to drive innovation and school system improvement” (DEECD, 2012, p. 15).  Similarly, in Shanghai teachers are “encouraged to identify a particular aspect of learning and examine the theory and evidence base, then trial different teaching practices drawing on their findings” (Jensen, Hunter, Sonnemann & Burns 2012, p.23). However, further exploration into practitioner research, as a form of professional learning, and how this can result in changes to teacher practices that lead to a positive influence on student achievement is required.  As Zeichner (2003) stated when discussing the impact of teacher research, “we are often provided with little or no information about the specific characteristics of the research experience and/or research context that are responsible for promoting this growth” (p. 303). Taking into account this explicit focus on the development of a teacher’s role as a researcher during their working lives, we present the development of an inquiry disposition as a promising concept to discuss and conceptualize. This presentation will focus on a district wide professional learning initiative in California that sought to conceptualize and define a typology for a teacher’s inquiry disposition while undertaking Design-Based Research as a form of teacher professional learning.

Speakers
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Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn has advised schools and systems in the U.S and Australia to develop innovative educational solutions.  He has worked extensively in the United States, where he led large-scale research and maths professional learning initiatives in New York City and California. In Australia... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

3:30pm MDT

Transition
Monday April 16, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

3:45pm MDT

Alberta Provincial Curriculum Update
Many school leaders want to proactively prepare for the new Alberta curriculum. This session will be extremely informative and allow leaders to gain clarification about what to expect from the new programs of study.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wondga

Greg Wondga

Director, Government of Alberta
Greg Wondga is the Director of Mathematics and Sciences Branch in the High School Curriculum Sector of the Curriculum Division at Alberta Education. Greg is one of several leaders from Alberta Education who oversees the development of K - 12 curriculum across 6 subjects.


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Career guidence - in a life long learning perspective
Networking and partnership in the career guidance of students and adults in a life long learning perspective. How the different regional units and participants can cooperate and work together to secure a uniform and developing career guidance in life long learning

Speakers
avatar for Soelvi Jacobsen Waldeland

Soelvi Jacobsen Waldeland

Head of the career centre of Rogaland, Rogaland fylkeskommune
Worked as a school leader for 15 years. Former principal at a vocational high school. Have also worked as head of the department of language, foreign language and minority pupils in high school. I am now Head of the department of career guidance at Rogaland county council. @sjwal... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Co-Teaching: Transforming the Collaborative Classroom
By design, co-teaching provides a way to transform the teaching and learning that occurs within an educational system.  In this session, we will open with a hands on, co-teaching mini lesson featuring LEGO Mindstorms.  We will guide participants through a simple coding task and demonstrate the co-teaching model in action.  Together we will share our experiences in a co-teaching classroom, and help facilitate a conversation on intentional actions required to bring forth this best practice in your own division or school. We will discuss planning, management, physical structure and challenges faced in a co-teaching environment.  As well, we will outline the many benefits for school communities, students and teachers, including how co-teaching elicits deep and authentic learning experiences for students.  Co-teaching has the potential to evolve collaborative practices in education.  If you are looking for an innovative way to improve teacher wellness, enhance collaboration and revolutionize the modern classroom, then this session is a must!

Speakers
avatar for Petra Hynes

Petra Hynes

Petra teaches in a grade five classroom in Drayton Valley, AB in a co-teaching environment. Through this experience she has both come to strongly believe that co-teaching is the key to a successful educational experience for both students and teachers. With her teaching partner she... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
DAVID O'BRIEN ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Creating a Culture of Change For Diverse Learning - Building Capacity with Faculties
This session will capture a case story about how a district changed its climate to create an environment where all students - specifically students with extreme behaviors and Autism diagnoses are accepted and programmed for. The goal of the session is to provide information and practical strategies that revolutionized our district and will explore the use of positive behavior interventions and ABBLS assessment – skill building. We have created a transitional program that teaches and builds capacity throughout our district to enable for community school teams to be successful with students with severe behaviors and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  We will provide an inspirational overview of the strategies and resources used to create a change and empower other school communities.


Speakers
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Jacquelin Dahlen

Jacquelin Dahlen is a principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools at the St. Margaret Catholic  School Centre for Diverse Learning. St. Margaret is a training and transitional facility for school communities who are working with students with severe behavior and Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More →
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Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman is a learning coach with Edmonton Catholic Schools at St. Margaret  Catholic School for Diverse Learning. Catherine's role as a learning coach is to coach and mentor teachers. Catherine is instrumental in academic programming for students with diverse needs.  She... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Diverse approach to supporting schools
Join us for a panel discussion as four dynamic teachers from different districts share innovative approaches to supporting K-12 schools. This session will provide you with practical strategies and resources to support students and teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Dukeshire

Tanya Dukeshire

Tanya Dukeshire is the assistant principal in a pre K to grade 6 elementary school with Black Gold Schools.
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Caitlin Hudon

Caitlin Hudon teaches for Edmonton Public Schools and is currently a grade 5 teacher at K-6 French Immersion School. She is currently completing her Masters of Education degree through the University of Alberta.
avatar for Dawn Schmitz - Victoria

Dawn Schmitz - Victoria

Dawn Schmitz is currently an Assistant Principal at Victoria School of Arts K-12 with Edmonton Public Schools. She is currently completing her Masters of Education degree through the University of Portland.


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Le code du leader
Ça prend quoi au juste pour être un bon leader? Retrouve-t-on chez ces personnes des caractéristiques, des compétences, des actions et des attitudes semblables? Être un bon leader, c'est être perpétuellement en devenir, un apprenant à vie. Venez découvrir des pistes
concrètes pour développer vos compétences de leadership afin de bien accompagner les autres, et avoir un impact durable bien après votre passage.

Speakers
avatar for Joël McLean

Joël McLean

Leader Pédagogique, CFORP
C'est en 1997 que Joël a entrepris son parcours professionnel en éducation. Il a œuvré aux paliers intermédiaire et secondaire en tant qu'enseignant des sciences et de la chimie, et il est direction d'école depuis 2006. Joël est actuellement leader pédagogique au... Read More →



Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Leading Our Staff and Students Through this Mental Health Crisis: A Wellness Model Foundation to Build Your Divisions On
In collaboration with a number of school divisions across Alberta, we have developed a model of Wellness, based on an understanding that through the relationships children have with their caregivers and their teachers, they begin to develop the “story” of themselves and others around them. When children have "anchors" in place, they have a much greater chance of developing into healthy, regulated, and competent learners. Similarly, when staff are able to do this for each other, incredible and resilient teams come together. In a model designed with this in mind, we hope to assist school divisions across our province, and this country, in addressing the significant mental health challenges our students and our educators are facing.  Creating capacity in a team who can lead their Divisions from a trauma-informed, relationship based approached, will take staff back to why they started and allow students, their families, and our staff to weather the storms that will come our way.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carrington

Jody Carrington

CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Dr. Jody Carrington
For the last 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially... Read More →
avatar for Darlene Ferris

Darlene Ferris

Darlene Ferris is the Director of Wellness and Human Services for Wild Rose School Division in Alberta. Darlene has been an educator for over 20 years, has a Masters Degree in School and Child Psychology and is a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

3:45pm MDT

Measuring Global Competence: Some thoughts on PISA 2018
In 2018, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will assess ‘global competencies’ alongside science, maths and literacy.  The OECD defines global competencies as “the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, to understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development”. Assessing global competencies is voluntary for PISA participants and a number of countries have opted including Finland, Germany, U.K. and U.S. However, to date all participating provinces in Canada have chosen to administer this portion of PISA, adding to the overall testing burden in each province. This presentation will explain how the OECD understands global competence, is proposing to measure global competence, and the potential implications for teachers and jurisdictions.

Speakers
avatar for Roar Grøttvik

Roar Grøttvik

Political adviser, Union of Education Norway
Roar Grøttvik is a political adviser to the elected leadership of Union of Education Norway, the dominant teacher union in Norway with 175 000 members. He is a member and representative of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and a member of the NORCAN partnership between... Read More →
avatar for David King

David King

Dave King is a former Minister of Education of the Province of Alberta (1979 - 1986). He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 - 1986, during which time he also served as Legislative Secretary to the Premier and Minister of Technology, Research and Telecommunications... Read More →
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David Rutkowski

David Rutkowski is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Educational Policy and Educational Inquiry at Indiana University. Prior to IU David was a Professor of Education at the Center for Educational Measurement (CEMO) at the University of Oslo, Norway. David’s research... Read More →
avatar for Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson is Associate Professor of Education Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a high school teacher in Western Australia for 13 years. Thompson’s research focuses on educational theory, education policy, and... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Mini Parliament
Mini parliament is a three day roleplay with approx. 200 students as participants. The students take part in political debates, work in departments and in party groups during the three days.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Prestegård

Annie Prestegård

Head of department for Pupil-support and, Restaurant and food, Rogaland Fylkeskommune
Head of department for Pupil-support and, Restaurant and food I have been a teacher in secondary school in 8 years, worked as a teacher.And teacher, student- adviser and Head of department in High school from 1999- 2017.Bryne high school (student-age from 16-19 years old) It is a... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Reconciliation through Education - the Assembly of First Nations’ Education Toolkit
It’s time for all students to learn about our First Nations history and culture. It’s time to support all teachers with classroom resources created to help students learn about residential schools and treaties. It’s time to share First Nations stories, traditions, and teachings. Join us for the international launch of the Assembly of First Nations’ Digital Education Toolkit. The toolkit provides education leaders, teachers and students with a wealth of classroom resources designed to foster understanding among all Canadians of First Nations” cultures, peoples, and our roles as we move together toward reconciliation. The workshop will focus on the digital version of the Toolkit available through iTunes U.

Speakers
avatar for Dakota Edwards

Dakota Edwards

Assembly of First Nations
Dakota Edwards is Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, Quebec, born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Dakota graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, specializing in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and a Minor in Feminist and Gender Studies. Dakota has worked... Read More →
avatar for Renee St.Germain

Renee St.Germain

Renee St.Germain is an Ojibwe from Rama First Nation and born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Renee has obtained Bachelors of Art, Bachelors of Education and Masters of Education all from the University of Ottawa. Spending most of her career... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

3:45pm MDT

REFRESH - Celebrating A Team Approach to Leading a Learning Community
Red Deer Public Schools' Learning Services Team will share their model and strategies for refreshing professional practice throughout the dsitrict.  Members of the team will share perspectives on literacy, numeracy, early learning, integration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit eductaion, and instructional support.

Speakers
avatar for Hayley Christen

Hayley Christen

Coordinator, Learning Services, Red Deer Public Schools
Hayley Christen is a coordinator with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Services with Red Deer Public Schools. She has been an Elementary school vice-principal and teacher for over 20 years. Hayley works with administrators and teachers to build staff capacity and help meet... Read More →
avatar for Nicola Golby

Nicola Golby

Associate Superintendent, Learning Services, Past Principal/VP, Student Services Coordinator. @RDPSD_Learning
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Shari Jensen

Learning Services Coordinator - responsible for leading district-wide numeracy practices. Past math department lead at Hunting Hills High School.
avatar for Purnima Lindsay

Purnima Lindsay

Learning Services Coordinator, ELL District Lead, Central Alberta Regional Consortium Consultant - Literacy and PBL., Past school administrator.
avatar for Jason Moline

Jason Moline

Principal G.W. Smith School
Principal G.W. Smith Elementary School
avatar for Susan Parkins

Susan Parkins

Student Services/Learning Services Coordinator- responsible for Early Learning. 
avatar for Karen Vanderwater

Karen Vanderwater

Learning Services Co-ordinator, Red Deer Public
As a Learning Services Co-ordinator, I am responsible for leading district-wide literacy practices. I have served Red Deer Public for 31 years as a teacher and administrator. I was privileged to work as part of the team at many Red Deer Public Schools. Upon retirement from my full... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Time's up. Transform or become Irrelevant
Improving schools is a global phenomenon. Schools have become the whipping posts for their continual failure to 'improve'. This should come as no surprise to anyone because for decades we have been trying to improve a broken model.

School improvement is a delusion. If all we are doing is just trying to improve schools, we will change nothing and help noone. Schools have to transform or become irrelevant.
This presentation argues that we are doing a disservice to young people everywhere if all we are prepared to do is tinker around the edges of an education model that is no longer fit for purpose.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby is a teacher, advocate, administrator and leader. His mission to transform schooling for every child and young person is driven by a strong commitment to justice and equity.As a Catholic Education leader in the Parramatta and Wollongong Dioceses in NSW, Greg has led significant... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
THEATRE

3:45pm MDT

Using Design Thinking to Improve Your School
Everyone is expected to analyze results every year and set forth on an improvement plan, but how can you use design thinking to set aside your assumptions and gain insight into users and their needs? Our school  incrementally improved High School graduation rates and decreased drop out rates through a plan that focused on relationships with students, staff, and parents, and involved simple strategies that can be used in any school.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Backs

Kim Backs

Principal, EPSB
Kim Backs has been a principal for twelve years in EPSB. She is part of a dynamic team of administrators who use modelling and relationship building to make connections with their learning community at M.E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton. They are always looking at how they can work... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
Mt. Stephen Hall

3:45pm MDT

What Do You Do with a Makerspace? Engage Learners by MAKING the Curriculum
Maker what? Maker who? Find out how Maker Education can engage your students and build student success by providing the opportunity for students to collaborate, problem-solve and think critically as they acquire, apply and create new knowledge. Discover how to incorporate design thinking to build empathy, effective relationships and student confidence. Think Makerspaces are restricted to building things in science? Come and see how Makerspaces/Maker Education can be mapped to outcomes found in all curricula. Makerspaces are inclusive learning environments in which diverse learners participate in cross-curricular, real-world problem-solving projects for authentic audiences. Competencies developed through Maker Education are foundational and will remain relevant through curriculum redesign.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Belter

Karen Belter

lberta School Learning Commons Council
Karen Belter has been a passionate educator for the past twenty-eight years and is presently loving her work as a teacher-librarian at Centre High Campus in Edmonton celebrating all literacies as well as developing Makerspace learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. She... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools


Monday April 16, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
OAK ROOM

5:00pm MDT

Conference Centre to Rimrock Hotel
Shuttle from the Banff Springs Conference Hotel TO the Rimrock Hotel

Monday April 16, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL
 
Tuesday, April 17
 

6:45am MDT

Rimrock Hotel Bus to the Conference Centre
Shuttle FROM the Rimrock Hotel TO the Banff Springs Hotel

Tuesday April 17, 2018 6:45am - 7:30am MDT
RIMROCK HOTEL (FRONT)

7:00am MDT

Breakfast
Breakfast at the Banff Springs Hotel for those registrants who wish to participate.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 7:00am - 8:45am MDT
CASCADE, CONSERVATORY, NEW BRUNSWICK

9:00am MDT

Tuesday AM - Leadership Panel Discussion - Designing the Future of Leadership Development
Educational Leadership of learning in schools matters. School leaders and their teams are second only to teaching quality in their impact on student learning outcomes. Systems around the world acknowledge they need more leaders, and they need to support current leaders to become more effective in improving learning. Governments are investing in a myriad of programs, certifications and evaluations designed to lift the quality and quantity of leaders available. Inspired by Dr Breakspear and Dr Alfalda’s global report on Leadership Policy around the world, this panel session aims to explore international examples of how systems are preparing leaders for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr. Simon Breakspear

Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate complex change, harness research evidence and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon is the Founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools, which equips educator teams with the research, routines and tools they need to drive improvement and innovation. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

10:30am MDT

Transition to sessions
This is a break and transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

11:00am MDT

Alberta’s new professional practice standards: Leading First Nations, Métis and Inuit education for all students
For the first time in Canada, professional practice standards for teachers, school leaders and system leaders express an expectation of educator competence in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. Competency 5 appears in each of Alberta’s new professional practice standards. While the expectation for teachers is to apply foundational knowledge for the benefit of all students, the expectation for principals and other leaders is to support the school community in acquiring and applying this foundational knowledge. This presentation introduces the core background that led to the development of this new competency expectation, to help Alberta’s educational leaders in supporting their school communities.

Further detail: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People - Article 14, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action and Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which recognizes and affirms the “existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada,” are among the foundational leadership documents. The Joint Commitment to Action announced June 2016 by the Minister of Education and major education system stakeholder organizations affirms the emphasis on ensuring teachers, principals and superintendents in the province have the skill sets and capacities to develop and apply foundational knowledge about Canada’s First Peoples, for the benefit of all students in Alberta.

Speakers
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Karsten Koch

Education Manager, Alberta Education
Karsten works in policy development to support the professional practice of teachers and leaders in the education system. Prior to joining Alberta Education, he was in post-secondary Education for over ten years, including at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. A... Read More →
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Eileen Marthenson

Executive Director, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Directorate, Alberta Education
Eileen Marthiensen is Executive Director, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Directorate – Alberta Education. In this role, she has led the development of the Joint Commitment to Action, a collaboration between the Alberta Teachers' Association, Alberta Regional Professional Development... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Mt. Stephen Hall

11:00am MDT

Discipline Literacy: Investigating the Impact on High School Subject Specialists
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Suess had the right idea in identifying reading as a vehicle for opportunities in life. Yet the rigor of reading disappears as students enter high school and teachers are at a loss as to how to address reading deficiencies in students. Susan Woo, a literacy curriculum coordinator and Anne Linville, a high school literacy consultant from Edmonton Public Schools share their experience of how they piloted a disciplinary literacy collaborative framework to motivate teachers to incorporate literacy instruction in their classrooms. Discipline literacy differs from content literacy strategies in that it considers the approaches, perspective and processes that are unique to a subject discipline. Their work is based on Releah Cossett Lent's best-selling book This is Disciplinary Literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Woo

Susan Woo

Literacy Curriculum Coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools
Susan Woo is a Literacy Curriculum Coordinator at Centre High Campus for Edmonton Public Schools.@SusanWooepsb


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
OAK ROOM

11:00am MDT

Hacking Personalized PLD (Professional Learning & Development)
Do you feel disconnected from your professional development as an educator? Do you feel like PD means that you are talked to, rather than engaged in a professional conversation?
It's time to hack your professional learning and development. This session will open up conversations around how you can personalize your learning, centring around common PD problems and hacks to these problems.
Come out and be empowered to make decisions around your own personalized professional learning and development with this engaging session.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Deforge

Kevin Deforge

Supervisor Learning Services, Calgary Catholic
Kevin DeForge is the current Supervisor of Learning Services, Teaching and Learning, with Calgary Catholic School District. He is the recipient of a CSL Distinguished Leadership Award in 2014, as well as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals in 2016. Kevin continues to focus on... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Linton

Kirk Linton

Kirk Linton is a Supervisor of Learning Services in the Calgary Catholic School District. He completed his EdD in the Learning Sciences in 2019 from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He is the recipient of a Council For School Leadership of the Alberta... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
THEATRE

11:00am MDT

Inclusive Education in Catholic Schools in Oregon & Alberta
This core conversation will center on policy and best instructional practices and challenges in inclusive education in Catholic schools in the 21st Century.  Attendees will actively participate in this critically important conversation throughout this session.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia (Pat) Thompson, EdD

Patricia (Pat) Thompson, EdD

Instructor/Coordinator of Administrator Leadership/Catholic Leadership Program, University of Portland SOE
Dr. Patricia Thompson, EdD, has served as an educator in the State of Oregon for 44 years, including 25 years as a secondary principal in Catholic and Public Schools, 3 years as a central office administrator, and as a professor and coordinator of preliminary administrator licensure... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

11:00am MDT

Leading From Within: Designing Professional Learning For Teachers By Teachers
This session will look at designs for professional learning that puts the classroom teacher at the centre of their learning. Delegates will examine models for professional learning that encourage teachers to work together collaboratively to explore and pose questions about their practice to guide their professional growth. This “by teachers for teachers” approach, which includes teacher inquiry and workshop facilitation, draws from the teacher’s own lived experience to equip teachers with the tools they need to facilitate powerful professional learning.
Delegates will explore practical strategies and program models for supporting teacher-led professional learning and collaborative inquiry that can be implemented on school and system-wide levels.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Garrels

Jenny Garrels

Assistant Director, British Columbia Teachers\' Association
Jenny Garrels is an Assistant Director in the Professional and Social Issues Division with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation in Vancouver, Canada. She has had 35 years of classroom experience in Queensland, Australia and in the BC K-12 public school system in BC. She currently... Read More →
avatar for Anne Hales

Anne Hales

Anne Hales is a Senior Researcher with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to working as a K-12 public school and university instructor, she is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, whose research... Read More →
avatar for Henry Lee

Henry Lee

Assistant Director, Professional and Social Issues Division, BCTF
Henry Lee is an Assistant Director in the Professional and Social Issues Division with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation in Vancouver, Canada. He is responsible for professional development, teacher inquiry and issues related to educational policy. Additionally, he teaches... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

11:00am MDT

Levelled-Leadership Designed to Improve Coherence, Pedagogy and Student Success
The impact of strong leadership development cannot be underestimated.  In this session we will share an intentionally designed levelled-leadership model that promotes systemic coherence and leadership practice.  This design flows from novice teachers through to superintendents with a key focus on mid-level leaders.  The collaborative process is transforming leadership practices and administrative teams in a large school jurisdiction to better action shared priorities, standards, and values.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Ard

Ann Ard

Director, Leadership and Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Ann Ard is the Director of Leadership and Learning with the Calgary Board of Education. She has over two decades of public education leadership experience in two provinces, small rural and larger urban settings, the charter system, and with all ages pre-school through grade twelve... Read More →
avatar for Kim Hackman

Kim Hackman

Kim Hackman is a System Principal in the Leadership and Learning department in the Calgary Board of Education. Previously, he was a school-based Principal in the Calgary Board of Education of a large urban high school.  He has 28 years of experience as a teacher and instructional... Read More →
avatar for Lori Pamplin

Lori Pamplin

Dr. Lori Pamplin is the Director of Leadership and Learning in the Calgary Board of Education. Her doctoral research was designed to better understand the always emergent, ambiguous and contingent nature of being a school principal within a large urban school district and how such... Read More →
avatar for Dallas Wheeler

Dallas Wheeler

System Principal, Calgary Board of Education
Dallas Wheeler is a System Principal in the Leadership and Learning Department of the Calgary Board of Education. Prior to assuming this position, she was a school based principal and an educator and leader with over 30 years of experience with the CBE. Her master's research was focused... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

11:00am MDT

Partnering with Educators to Protect Canada’s Children
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our agency operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, which is part of the federal Government's National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. For over 30 years, we have continued to innovate and increase our programming, expanding our missing children’s services to a national scale and gleaning information from our operation of Cybertip.ca to create educational resources for law enforcement, educators, and families to reduce children's risk of victimization. The presentation will introduce attendees to the organization and educational resources available to educators.



Speakers
avatar for Graham Milliken

Graham Milliken

Program & Training Specialist, CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION INC.
Graham Milliken is the Program and Training Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. He is a passionate advocate for the organization’s mission to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children by providing programs and services to Canadians. Graham... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
DAVID O'BRIEN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Raconte-moi le monde...
Pour certains élèves, la lecture ouvre une porte à l’aventure, le mystère et la connaissance. Pour d’autres, c’est un fardeau auquel ils n’associent aucune valeur ou bon souvenir. Mais il n’est jamais trop tard pour changer cette perspective! Parfois, il nous faut des idées créatives afin de ranimer notre enseignement, surtout lorsqu'on a le désir qu'il soit durable. Imaginez que même les adolescents ont envie qu’on leur raconte des histoires, qu’elles soient narratives ou descriptives. La lecture à haute voix peut ranimer l’amour de la littérature et les compétences en littératie chez les apprenants de tout âge. Cette présentation mettra en lumière les bienfaits de cette approche, en particulier chez les élèves de l'intermédiaire/secondaire.



dany.dias@cepeo.on.ca

Speakers
avatar for Dany Dias

Dany Dias

Enseignante, apprenante perpétuelle, CEPEO
Mon nom est Dany Dias et je suis enseignante au Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario. J'enseigne les langues et les études sociales au palier intermédiaire à l’École secondaire publique Le Sommet, à Hawkesbury, Ontario, depuis 10 ans. Étant leader en littératie... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Reconciliation through Education - the Assembly of First Nations’ Education Toolkit
It’s time for all students to learn about our First Nations history and culture. It’s time to support all teachers with classroom resources created to help students learn about residential schools and treaties. It’s time to share First Nations stories, traditions, and teachings. Join us for the international launch of the Assembly of First Nations’ Digital Education Toolkit. The toolkit provides education leaders, teachers and students with a wealth of classroom resources designed to foster understanding among all Canadians of First Nations” cultures, peoples, and our roles as we move together toward reconciliation. The workshop will focus on the digital version of the Toolkit available through iTunes U.

Speakers
avatar for Dakota Edwards

Dakota Edwards

Assembly of First Nations
Dakota Edwards is Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, Quebec, born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Dakota graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, specializing in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and a Minor in Feminist and Gender Studies. Dakota has worked... Read More →
avatar for Renee St.Germain

Renee St.Germain

Renee St.Germain is an Ojibwe from Rama First Nation and born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Renee has obtained Bachelors of Art, Bachelors of Education and Masters of Education all from the University of Ottawa. Spending most of her career... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

11:00am MDT

Talking About A Revolution in Reykjavik
In 2015 board members of the Reykjavik's Committee on Education and Youth along with many principals and staff members of the Education Department attended uLead and were profoundly inspired. The Chair of the Committee and Department Director met Pasi Sahlberg at uLead and discussed the idea of collaborating in the near future. A year later the Mayor of Reykjavik formally approached Pasi Sahlberg with a proposal  that he would lead a team of international and local consultants in making a new long term educational policy for the City of Reykjavik. In the eighteen months that have followed, many things have happened. Thousands of teachers, principals, staff members from all across the spectrum, parents, scholars , the general public through on-line participation and last but not least children in preschools, primary schools and leisure work have discussed the future of education in Reykjavik and what changes need to be made in order to provide future generations of Reykjavik children with education that brings out the best in every child.  This comprehensive policy making process has generated more than 5,000 ideas and proposals on how to improve educational policy and practice in Reykjavik from now until 2030 .   A key moment was a two day working session in February where Andy Hargreaves joined Pasi Sahlberg and members of the big consultative forum in discussing and reflecting on the most important findings.

Skúli Helgason, a member of the Reykjavik City Council in Iceland and Chair of the Committee on Education and Youth in Reykjavik will walk us through this whole process from Banff 2015 and back to Banff 2018 and introduce some of the key findings. He will present a short preview of a documentary about this amazing journey.
While this work was unfolding, the teacher union in Primary and Lower Secondary Schools in Iceland had the book Finnish Lesson 2.0 by Pasi Sahlberg translated. At the same time, Pasi Sahlberg had started as a consultant for Reykjavik regarding their work.  Suddenly there was a bridge between the policymaker’s and the union. Since than the union has participated in several committees and workgroups where the aim was to work together for a better school in the future. Several important things where done. We had working groups in every school in Reykjavik with teachers, principals and representatives from the Department of Education and youth. Everyone was working on the same task and the answer to the same question: What can we do, to improve the schools and the teachers' working conditions? Every school made a report on this and a plan with suggestions about improvements.

In Iceland we are facing serious lack of teachers within very few years. The teacher union along with Department of Education and Youth asked the University of Iceland to do a study to determine why those that have been educated as a teacher don’t show up in our classrooms. There are about 10.000 that are licensed to teach in Primary and Lower secondary Schools. We only need about 5000 to teach at any given time. Despite of this fact we do not have enough teachers that are willing to teach. Why not?  Ólafur Loftsson from the Teacher Union will take us through this journey and will connect with the work Reykjavik started in Banff 2016 from the point of view of the teaching profession.

Moderator will be Jón Torfi Jónasson
In the Panel:  Skúli Helgason, Ólafur Loftsson, and Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education.

Speakers
avatar for Lilja Alfredsdottir

Lilja Alfredsdottir

Minister of Education, Science and Culture - Iceland, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Lilja Alfredsdottir is Iceland‘s Minister of Education, Science and Culture and former Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Ms. Alfredsdottir is also a member of Parliament.Before her participation in politics, Ms. Alfredsdottir served as Deputy Director of the Central... Read More →
avatar for Skúli Helgason

Skúli Helgason

Skúli Helgason is a Member of the Reykjavik City Council in Iceland. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Education and Youth in Reykjavik since 2014.  Skuli was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Alliance from 2009-2013, and Party Secretary from 2006-2009.  He... Read More →
avatar for Jón Torfi Jónasson

Jón Torfi Jónasson

Professor emeritus, University of Iceland
Jón Torfi became professor of education at the University of Iceland in 1993 and was Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, 1995-2001. In 2008 he became the Dean of the School of Education when it was merged with the University of Iceland. In recent years he has studied the problem... Read More →
avatar for Ólafur Loftsson

Ólafur Loftsson

President, Félags grunnskólakennara
Ólafur is a Teacher B.e.d. from the University of Iceland. He has also finished business and marketing studies and taken several executive seminars at PON (Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School), among others, Negotiation Master Class. He has also finished several courses... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

11:00am MDT

The design of a team-based organisational structure in schools
The organizational structure of schools is often ignored as a steering domain for school leaders. This research provides evidence that a specific team-based organisational structure may dramatically increase agility and resilience of schools. The presentation will provide the 9 building blocks of such an organization and the paradigmshift in leadership that is involved.

Speakers
avatar for Ben van der Hilst

Ben van der Hilst

Researcher, Open University The Netherlands
Ben van der Hilst has been working as a teacher (Physics) and a schoolleader for nearly 35 years in several schools for secondary (Montessori) education in the Netherlands. Then he was for 5 years the head of the Amsterdam Institute for Lifelong Learning in Education of the Amsterdam... Read More →



Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

11:00am MDT

The New Zealand Curriculum verses National Standards - A cautionary tale with a happy ending.
 Join in a conversation that will cover the journey New Zealand’s  education system has been through over the last nine years and the impact it has had on our ‘Key Competency” based curriculum. Following the October 2017 election of a new government, New Zealand now has a great opportunity to rebuild a curriculum and create competent, able, global citizens without political influences that were forcing teachers to spend more time measuring than teaching. There is always hope if teachers don't lose sight with what effective learning could look like.

Speakers
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Peter Hopwood

Peter has been principal of Donovan primary school (Year 1-6) since it opened 13 years ago with an increasing ethnic mix. Peter has worked in several roles all in Southland schools. But always consider himself a teacher first. Currently he is Chair the Principals Council for NZEI... Read More →
avatar for Teijo Päkkilä

Teijo Päkkilä

Seinäjoen lukio
An experienced school leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Currently working also as a coordinator for upper secondary school development network (established by the Finnish National Agency for Education) consisting of twenty schools... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

11:00am MDT

University of Portland Teachers as Researchers
Completing their capstone through the University of Portland, join these six innovative leaders as they share their insights and discoveries from their data driven research on topics including mindset, inclusion, and increasing academic acheviement.

Speakers
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Meredith Aubin

Meredith is a Grade 5 teacher at a socially vulnerable school in Edmonton. Her school population consists of mostly Indigenous and ELL students. She is in her eighth year of teaching.
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Kristine Willis Dengler

Kristine is a high school Inclusive Learning Services Facilitator and Academic Counsellor. Before working in division IV, Kristine spent 20 years teaching grades 4-8.
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Sandra Hartum

Sandra is currently teaching junior high language arts to grade eight and nine students,for a Catholic school in Edmonton. She has worked for four different school boards in Alberta and has taught all grade levels from one to nine.
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Shara O'Connor

Shara teaches grade 5, drama, and musical theatre at a K-8 Catholic School, in Sherwood Park. She is in her  fifteenth year of teaching, which includes teaching abroad in Birmingham, England, for one year.
avatar for Rachel Radmanovich

Rachel Radmanovich

Assistant Principal
Rachel is a Assistant Principal at a newer Edmonton Public School in Edmonton. She is in her 18th year of education, has taught all grade levels from K-12, has worked for three different school boards, and taught internationally in Japan.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

11:00am MDT

What’s the One Thing?
This session will share key insights from author Gary Keller who has honed in on a critical question to help with productivity, personal wellness and relationships in the work place.  Whereas Keller develops much of his views from a business perspective, this session will focus on taking his learnings and apply them directly to the position of the school leader.  Yes, as school leaders we are responsible for taking care of others. However, as our flight attendants remind us, “Put your mask on first!”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Arief Ebrahim

Dr. Arief Ebrahim

Principal, EPSB
Dr. Arief Ebrahim has enjoyed opportunities to serve as a school leader in both Elementary and Junior High School settings.  He has instructed at two Alberta Post Secondary institutions in the Faculty of Education. To broaden his contribution to the field, he served on the Executive... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

12:00pm MDT

Lunch
Lunch on Monday and Tuesday will be in the Cascade/Conservatory Rooms and also the Van Horne Ballroom.  If you have just attended a concurrent session in the main hotel your closest lunch venue is the Cascade/Conservatory.  If you attended a concurrent session in the conference centre then your closest lunch venue is the Van Horne Ballroom.

All delegates will need to make their way to the Van Horne Ballroom by 1 PM to participate in the afternoon keynote presentation each day.

A map to the hotel is available here: http://www.fairmont.com/uploadedfiles/sites/banff_springs/pdf/bsh_key_to_the_castle_map.pdf


Tuesday April 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
CASCADE/CONSERVATORY & VAN HORNE BALLROOM

1:00pm MDT

Tuesday PM Keynote - Ministerial Panel Discussion - Building public confidence and the alchemy of standards - The big questions for system and political leaders in the next five years
This panel of ministers and policy analysts will share their perspectives on the possible and probable futures of assessment and accountability  and the implications for system and political leadership.

Speakers
avatar for David Eggen

David Eggen

Minister of Education, Government of Alberta
David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education on May 24, 2015. He previously also served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism. Mr. Eggen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on April 23, 2012 and again on May 5, 2015. He previously represented... Read More →
avatar for David King

David King

Dave King is a former Minister of Education of the Province of Alberta (1979 - 1986). He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 - 1986, during which time he also served as Legislative Secretary to the Premier and Minister of Technology, Research and Telecommunications... Read More →
avatar for Tony Mackay

Tony Mackay

Anthony Mackay is CEO of the Melbourne-based Centre for Strategic Education. The Centre focuses on Educational Leadership, Professional Practice, School Improvement, Curriculum and Assessment, and Innovation in Education at state, national and international levels – encompassing... Read More →
avatar for Tore Bernt Sorensen

Tore Bernt Sorensen

Post-doctoral researcher, Université Catholique de Louvain
Tore Bernt Sorensen is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Université Catholique de Louvain, involved in the five-year project “Cultural roots and institutional transformations of teachers’ careers and the teaching profession in Europe”, funded by the European Research... Read More →
avatar for Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson is Associate Professor of Education Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a high school teacher in Western Australia for 13 years. Thompson’s research focuses on educational theory, education policy, and... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM
  Keynote Presentation
  • Moderator Tony Mackay

2:15pm MDT

Transition to Concurrent Sessions
Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

2:30pm MDT

A ‘Champion’ For Every Child: How the Calgary Catholic School District in ensuring that no child falls through the cracks
The research is clear, a child that has a trusted adult in their school has a better chance of being successful that one who does not.  The Calgary Catholic School District has embarked on a journey to ensure that every single one of its 55,000 students have at least one adult that they can go to for support or even just to share the good things in their lives.  The ‘Champions Initiative’ was created last year to make this a reality.  Every school is responsible for creating an individualized program to identify each child’s champion.  All hands are on deck for this challenge, including teachers, support staff and caretakers.  We all have a role to play!

Speakers
avatar for Gary Strother

Gary Strother

Chief Superintendent, Calgary Catholic Schools
Chief Superintendent - Calgary Catholic Schools.  We educate and empower students from kindergarten to Grade 12 through our mission of Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith. CCSD is the largest Catholic school district in Alberta, serving more than 57,000 students in 115 schools... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Designing Flourishing Schools Through Targeted Professional Learning
How do we design schools with a plan for purpose, passion and play that will allow for the development of flourishing schools? Using examples from Edmonton Public Schools and the West 6 Network in Edmonton, this session will illustrate and bring discussion about how we can purposefully develop schools that flourish.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
OAK ROOM

2:30pm MDT

DI is common but is DA? (Differentiated Assessment)
It is common for teachers to instruct students differently, based on the individual needs of the students, and to provide individual feedback.  Let's continue this journey into assessment!!  

Come and find out how to design policy, structures, and protocols to allow teachers to assess students in a personalized matter.  Asking the question of "Does everyone have to complete the same thing on the same day to demonstrate understanding?" will allow us to start the dialogue around differentiated, or ultimately personalized, assessment.

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

President, Math Council of Alberta
Dave Martin has a Masters of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and has a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 12 years, during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed grades in most... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Engendering Curriculum Change Through Positive Emotion, Trust and Support
An open dialogue on extraordinary change in large and diverse communities with access to ordinary levels of resources.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Slater

Adam Slater

Adam Slater is the Deputy Principal of Holy Family Catholic School. Adam sees all learners as competent and embraces the vision of a new paradigm in education. Adam Slater has been invited by schools in Adelaide to share learning about Positive change in schools.  @hfcsadelaide
avatar for Kerry White

Kerry White

Principal, Holy Family Catholic School
Kerry White is Principal of Holy Family Catholic School at Parafield Gardens. He applies a growth mindset to his work and embraces a sense of optimism and gratitude to the people around him. Kerry is a leader who likes learners and thinking to be visible in schools and promulgates... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

How do we assess results of a broad, holistic education?
Everyone is talking about social and emotional competencies. To what extent, with what instruments and by whom should such competencies be assessed? This session will provide
a discussion of the role of small data in improving the lives of students at the school level rather than a focus on metrics that feed system-level data-gathering infrastructures. How might schools move ahead of the curve in terms of the growing policy focus regarding social-emotional learning? What kinds of assessments do we need to develop this capacity?

Speakers
avatar for Roar Grøttvik

Roar Grøttvik

Political adviser, Union of Education Norway
Roar Grøttvik is a political adviser to the elected leadership of Union of Education Norway, the dominant teacher union in Norway with 175 000 members. He is a member and representative of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and a member of the NORCAN partnership between... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

2:30pm MDT

Leaders in limbo: Lessons in enhancing efficacy in vice-principals
The contention can be fairly made that vice principals have been an under-represented group in studies about leadership efficacy. This presentation will describe results of one ongoing study examining processes that are effective in enhancing levels of leadership efficacy in a small group of five vice-principals. Particular attention will be paid to the process of generative dialogue, as it has been created and implemented by University of Lethbridge researchers in partnership with five Alberta school authorities. Several vice-principals in the Leader of Learning Network will describe their experiences with the generative dialogue model and will identify ways in which sustained rigorous reflection has impacted their professional learning, leadership competence, and sense of efficacy. The case will be made that a generative dialogue approach to leadership development can reframe many existing assumptions about leading the learning of leaders and, specifically, the conditions and practices that can support the professional growth of vice-principals.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Leading big improvement from small data
In 2016, the Department of Education (DoE) and Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) released a joint statement for principals and teachers on the purpose and use of data in Queensland state schools (Queensland Teachers’ Union, 2016).  The statement outlined an agreed position on the use of data within schools to make positive, evidence-based decisions around student learning and school improvement.  This collaboration has proven pivotal in building a shared understanding in the Queensland state education sector, from the classroom to the executive boardroom, around the use of data within schools and managing teacher workload demands around collecting, analysis and responding to the data (Queensland Teachers’ Union, 2016).

The glut of data, both in collection and dissemination to teachers, are phenomena many education systems are struggling to address (Baeder, 2011; Roderick, 2012).  In Australia there are national testing programs annually for all Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students, participation in large-scale international assessments like the Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), in addition to standard state data covering student achievement, attendance and behaviour.  In response to this challenge, the Queensland state education sector worked closely with partners like the QTU and Principals’ Associations to intentionally design an approach to data management that has enabled individual schools and teachers to deliver sustained implementation of school improvement measures and drive growth in performance using ‘small data’.  

‘Small data’ refers to the highly-detailed and specific information available at the student, class, and school level. Compared to ‘big data’, which is often obtained through large scale collections such as standardised national (NAPLAN) and international testing (PISA, TIMSS) which lends itself to analysis of performance and general trends, small data is more granular and allows educators to look at correlations, causation, details and relationships. Small data is obtained largely at the school level through the range of summative and formative assessments undertaken by students, as well as through other school-level observations and data collections.

The presentation will outline the Queensland success that led Professor John Hattie to describe our achievements as “the Queensland miracle … a growth effect-size of 0.45+, which means Queensland’s Year 5s in 2017 are working 13 months ahead of the Year 5s in 2011” (Hattie, 2017).

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bates

Kevin Bates

President, Queensland Teachers' Union
Kevin is a secondary social science teacher and taught in Queensland state schools in Biloela, Redcliffe, Kedron and Dunwich from 1987-1994. He has been an officer of the QTU for 24 years, as an Organiser (1994-2000 and 2007-2011) and Industrial Advocate (2000-2006) prior to becoming... Read More →
avatar for Leanne Nixon

Leanne Nixon

Acting Deputy Director-General, State Schools Division, Queensland Department of Education
Ms Leanne Nixon is currently the acting Deputy Director-General, State Schools, Queensland Department of Education.  Ms Nixon was appointed to the role of Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Performance in 2014 and her priority is to develop innovative strategies to improve... Read More →



Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Leading towards Positive Growth with High Risk Youth
Leading a learning community of teachers and other professionals working with a student body of high risk youth can be challenging but extremely rewarding. As a leader you must monitor staff overload and vicarious trauma, support teachers through little to no success at times and also build a school environment which is vigorous in learning goals and a beacon of positive change for students. This workshop would discuss how our school has been able to maintain staff stability, engagement and dedication to learning even in the face of tragedy and loss.

Speakers
avatar for Mavis Averill

Mavis Averill

Mavis Averill, M.Ed. has worked at Boyle Street Education Centre as a teacher, Vice Principal and now Principal since its inception in 1996.  BSEC is an inner city charter school designed to meet the educational needs of high risk youth. She works extensively in designing learning... Read More →
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Huiy Tang

Assistant Principal at Boyle Street Education Centre for the last two years. His Master's degree was in leading and teaching in high poverty schools.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
DAVID O'BRIEN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Learning, Improving, and Innovating TOGETHER - How Teachers Can Learn and Grow to Transform Pedagogy
Follow the story of how Instructional Leadership practices in one of the most culturally diverse local government areas in Australia has shifted school culture through the understanding of narrative. This workshop will allow participants to understand the narrative of their school setting and the role they play in identifying a problem of practice and creating culture shifts in learning teams.

Speakers
avatar for Kristie O'Neill

Kristie O'Neill

Kristie O’Neill is an avid learner who believes high impact leadership practices can transform teacher pedagogy and create optimum environments for every student to achieve progress. Over the past 15 years, Kristie has had experience as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal and... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Networked Learning: The science of communities of practice
Schools are quite literally awash with professional learning and so called ‘improvement’ stimulus. Professional bodies, publishers, consultants, research institutes, bureaucrats, policy makers, social media and collegiate networks – but to name a few – inundate schools with material that more often than not has simply no impact on the quality of learning inside the classrooms. Irrespective of quality, these propositions are quiet simply unable to influence the cognitive maps, beliefs and understandings of educators to the extent necessary to effectively improve outcomes for students by design. This presentation explores the characteristics of highly effective networked learning models. Drawn from both research and the experience of the Science of Learning Research Centre Network of Schools (SoLNoS). The SoLNoS is learning partnership made up of 13 schools that are working closely with researchers from the University of Melbourne in the translation of Learning Science research and the design and enactment of school-based improvement strategy.

Speakers
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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is an expert in learning design and teacher professional development. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne in the areas of Learning Culture and Teacher Beliefs under the expert tutelage of Professor John Hattie. He has been working in a range... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Mt. Stephen Hall

2:30pm MDT

Reconceptualising Assessment Practices and Teacher Identity - The Design Challenge for School Leaders
For policy makers and school leaders alike, aspirations to “build assessment capacity” and “enhance assessment literacy” while admirable goals, often fall short in capturing the challenges in developing classroom and system assessment that has the confidence and support of those who design and lead assessment, interpret, report and act on the data gathered and who take on the role of ‘assessor’ within or aligned to pedagogical processes.
 The complex and overlapping interplay of assessment purposes and types adds to the technical complexity of assessment as a process for educational development.
 This session will review insights from an international study in Ireland, Queensland and South Australia that has demonstrated the interaction between the personal, professional, and political contexts for teacher identity as it relates to their Teacher Assessment Identity (TAI). This is especially important in considering the impacts of the growing pressures on teachers related to large scale assessments and efforts in some quarters to undermine public confidence in teachers’ professional and deprofessionalize the teaching force. The session will provide an overview of this promising survey instrument that will be adapted to the Alberta context to explore four key elements of TAI: knowledge and skills; beliefs; confidence; and dispositions. Session participants will be invited to explore implications both for Alberta’s new standards of practice for teachers, school and system leaders and their own jurisdictions.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Bennett

Sherry Bennett

Executive Director, AAC
Sherry Bennett is the Executive Director of the Alberta Assessment Consortium (AAC). She has had extensive experience with the organization as a developer of classroom assessment materials, a facilitator of professional learning, and a co-author of five AAC publications. She is passionate... Read More →
avatar for J-C Couture

J-C Couture

Dr. J-C Couture's is the Associate Coordinator, Research for the Alberta Teachers' Association. J-C's work for the ATA involves strategic planning, initiating and supervising research projects; and liaising with local, national and international research communities on education issues... Read More →
avatar for Anne Looney

Anne Looney

Anne is the founding Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early-years, primary and post-primary... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

2:30pm MDT

The Joy of Professional Learning: Designing the Learning Experience
This session is aimed at educators who are making their first steps in creating larger professional learning events in their own learning environment and want some options. It will give administrators, instructional coaches, and school leaders a variety of tools and activities which will help them create conference style engaging professional learning using our "recipes.”

Speakers
avatar for Camilla Gagliolo

Camilla Gagliolo

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington County Public Schools
ISTE Program Director | Instructional Technology Coordinator | Apple Distinguished Educator | United StatesI am currently working as an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Klynen

Kurt Klynen

Leadership and Vision Coach | Apple Distinguished Educator | CEO Rethink | BelgiumI’m a lifelong learner and teacher who started his career 16 years ago. Nowadays I teach from age 2 to 65+ in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. After school hours I worked with teachers on... Read More →
avatar for Christine Klynen

Christine Klynen

COO|Leadership Coach|Professional Learning Consultant|, Joy of Professional Learning
I am an Innovator |  Leader | Consultant | Author | Vision Former | ADE |  ISTE Program Committee Change Maker | Teacher of Teachers | Disrupter | @joyofpl | “Let failure be a tailwind not a headwind.” | United StatesI am committed to collaboration with leadership teams, working... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

Understanding and solving persistent behavior problems in schools: Function-based positive behavior support
This presentation focuses on evidence-based practices to reduce persistent student problem behavior in inclusive settings. It provides an overview over a variety of positive behavior support strategies, ranging from class-wide behavior management to individualized support plans. Case studies will be provided to exemplify the procedures as well as data showing large effects on students disruptive behavior and academic engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Anna-Lind Pétursdóttir

Anna-Lind Pétursdóttir

Anna-Lind Pétursdóttir is an Associate Professor of educational psychology at the School of Education, University of Iceland and Head school psychologist at the municipality of Kopavogur. She holds a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota and has over 20... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

2:30pm MDT

What leads educators to learn and evolve with the pedagogical practices?
Teachers design their own pathway when they see opportunities for learning that reflect their personalized learning inquiries derived from the work with their students. As a collaborative community we engaged in new pedagogical practices that supported student thinking and innovation. Leading learning evolved as educators questioned their own practices and experimented with new concepts. Sustained change was embedded when teachers became explorers of innovative concepts in deep learning through “Design Thinking”.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Fiorino

Patricia Fiorino

Educator, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Patricia Fiorino’s teaching experiences with OCSB, including the positions of Elementary Art Consultant and classroom teacher in both primary and junior divisions. She currently teaches as a resource teacher. She has supported the implementation of success criteria and assessment... Read More →
avatar for Rola Tibshirani

Rola Tibshirani

Ottawa Catholic School Board
Rola Tibshirani is a French Immersion Intermediate teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about students’ taking ownership of their learning by creating and applying Integrative Thinking and Designing Thinking processes to embrace challenges. Rola participated... Read More →



Tuesday April 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
THEATRE

3:30pm MDT

Transition to Concurrent Sessions
Transition to Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

3:45pm MDT

Alberta's Teacher Growth, Supervision, and Evaluation Policy: What We Now Know
Researchers from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge spent the better part of 2017 doing a deep and wide review of Alberta's Teacher Growth, Supervision, and Evaluation policy. In this session, we will share "What We Now Know" about what is working in the implementation of this policy and what still needs to be incorporated into teacher, principal, and superintendent practice.

Speakers
avatar for Darryl Hunter

Darryl Hunter

Darryl Hunter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta.  He has served in ministries of education in three provinces, and has been a teacher and school administrator. His research expertise is in educational assessment.
avatar for Carmen Mombourquette

Carmen Mombourquette

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Carmen Mombourquette is an Associate Professor of Education specializing in Educational Leadership at the University of Lethbridge. For many years he was an elementary, junior high school, and high school principal in Alberta and Ontario.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
PETRAK ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard (2018) : Unpacking the competencies for school and system leaders by 2019?
In September, 2019 all leaders are expected to meet the Alberta Education Leadership Quality Standard. This session will provide opportunities for leaders to critically review the competencies and accompanying indicators school leaders and system leaders must demonstrate to teach and lead in Alberta’s education system.  Participants will have an opportunity to view and provide feedback on both an online Self-Reflection on My Professional Practice Tool for Leaders developed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association as well as the underlying knowledge, skills and attitudes of each competency that support quality leadership, teaching and optimum learning that is required by the Leadership Quality Standard. The online tool also provides a framework to support the professional growth of all principals and school jurisdiction leaders in achieving the standard.

Speakers
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Gary Heck

Gary Heck is an architect of the Alberta Teachers' Association's Online Professional Growth Planning Project in Alberta, Canada.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

3:45pm MDT

District Perspectives to Building a Collaborative Response for all Schools
Come learn from a panel of Alberta district leaders, sharing aspects of their system's journey as they have established a district-wide Collaborative Response framework.  The discussion will focus upon how each district has strived to maximize collective efficacy and support school-based structures and process that ensure a planned response to the identified needs of all students.  Leaders will share successes, challenges and next steps that have defined their jurisdictional approach to ensuring inclusive learning environments across all schools.  Numerous district, as well as school-based, artifacts and resources will be shared through the conversation and through digital platforms during and after the session.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson

Superintendent, Medicine Hat Public School Division
Mark is serving in his 27th year in public education.  For 23 of these years he has served as an administrator.  From his early time as the Vice-principal in a small, rural elementary school through service as Principal of several rural and urban high schools to his current role... Read More →
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson is an award-winning former administrator and teacher, as well as teaching faculty at the post-secondary level. He is the co-founder of Jigsaw Learning, a co-author of the text Collaborative Response: Three Foundational Components That Transform How We Respond to the... Read More →
avatar for Mark McWhinnie

Mark McWhinnie

Assistant Superintendent - Learning Services, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Mark has over 20 years of experience as an educator, school administrator, technology leader and systems leader with learning in Wolf Creek Public Schools. Leading a team of education and support staff, Mark has led various initiatives that supports learning innovation in schools... Read More →
avatar for Reagan Weeks

Reagan Weeks

Assistant Superintendent, Prairie Rose School Division No. 8
Reagan Weeks is the assistant superintendent of Prairie Rose School Division. She has served as a school principal, vice-principal and classroom teacher. In 2014 she was recognized with the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. Currently part of her work is to establish the collaborative... Read More →



Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

Engaging and Empowering Students to Improve School Culture
In this presentation, Joe will share the strategies he has used to engage and empower students to take ownership of their learning, and their school community.  Joe will share the details of his top 10 strategies to support students through initiatives designed to help support positive school culture.  These strategies come from Joe’s experience as a principal of two school settings, a K - 6 and K - 8, his work as a counsellor in high school and junior high and his teaching experiences during the past 17 years.  “It is always exciting to explore with students what else they may pursue to support our school community!”


Speakers
avatar for Joseph Dumont

Joseph Dumont

Principal, Elk Island Catholic Schools
My name is Joseph (Joe) Dumont and I am currently the principal at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Elk Island Catholic Schools.  I have been a principal, assistant principal, teacher and school counsellor in two different school districts in the Edmonton area.  I have... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
BEATTY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

3:45pm MDT

Moving from me to we: Oh the places you'll go
This session focuses on teaching teams.  We will give practical examples of how we have moved from traditional to a team based approach for planning and teaching our students.  Common planning time, gradesbook, UBD, and vertical grouping will be areas that guide our presentation.  We will discuss what we have learned as we developed a shared vision and learned to use each other's strengths.

Speakers
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Alexis Mitchell

I was part of Team Humanities at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy before it was a “real” thing!  I have been involved in high school redesign since its inception.  Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying different things is what I aspire to do.  Being a part... Read More →
avatar for Angie White

Angie White

Living Waters CRD No. 42
Angie White is the Principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy. Recently, she completed a Masters of Education degree with a focus on instructional leadership and supporting and enhancing children’s mental health. I have been proactive in creating a climate that is conducive... Read More →
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Neena Zacharia

Neena Zacharia is a member of the Math and Science team at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy.  She has taken on different roles during her many years of teaching, and believes that teachers can powerfully activate students' need to know through creative and diverse projects... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
Mt. Stephen Hall

3:45pm MDT

STEAM Rolling Our Way Through Technology
This session will share our story of how our STEAM themed Learning Common evolved from a school library into a vibrant, creative, collaborative place of discovery where our students are encouraged and inspired to explore and engage in multiple levels of learning.

Speakers
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Cheryl

Cheryl Fogarty is the Technology Facilitator at Vanier Community Catholic School in Edson, Alberta. She maintains various technologies in the K to 6 school. She also designs and facilitates the Learning Common and Maker Spaces.
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Betty Churchill

Principal, Holy Redeemer High School
Betty Churchill is the principal of the Vanier Community Catholic School in the Living Waters School District. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Research. Technology development has been a focus for many years at Vanier School, and we continue to ensure that we are keeping... Read More →
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Sian Haack

Sian Haack is an educator at Vanier Community Catholic School. She holds a Masters Degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. She is currently teaching grade 5 and strives to infuse technology across the curriculum through meaningful and engaging instruction.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

3:45pm MDT

Teacher and Administrator International Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
Educator exchanges are a unique professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate within their profession. The opportunity to experience one’s vocation in a different location opens the door to new practices and perspectives. Teacher exchanges allow educators to experientially gain insight into teaching methods practiced elsewhere, and how other systems approach matters such as inclusion, indigenous ways of knowing, second language learning, remote and rural education. Collaborative international initiatives build programs that benefit students, administrators and teachers, and help foster understanding between peoples and countries. For the short term exchange, you are hosted by your exchange partner for 2 weeks, and you then reciprocate by hosting the overseas teacher. For full year exchanges you switch homes and positions for the entire year. Please join us for a session on exchange opportunities to sail your ship in the direction of global citizenship and international community building.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Liaison for the International Education Exchange Program. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
OAK ROOM

3:45pm MDT

The Impact of Art, Technology, Extra-Curricular and Social Events on School Function: University of Portland Results-based Research Capstone Projects
To positively impact the school experience for staff and students, these presenters embarked on a variety of research projects within the same school. In this session, the impacts of art on student self-esteem, Chromebook technology on student comprehension and enjoyment of learning, extracurricular activities on attendance and social events on staff morale will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Coffey

Kristen Coffey

Kristen Coffey is a Junior High Art and Language Arts teacher who brings learning to life in her classroom. Through her passion for art-based learning, Kristen pushes students to believe in themselves and reach their potential.
avatar for Amy Hodge

Amy Hodge

Amy Hodge is a dynamic Grade One teacher who focuses on hands-on learning. Eager to see her school community thrive, Amy boosts staff morale through collaboration and social events. All presenters have or are pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership through the University... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Pauls

Sharon Pauls

Sharon Pauls is a University of Portland Master's in Educational Leadership student and Junior High teacher. She is committed to making learning engaging and meaningful for students. Through innovative lesson plans, positive relationships and the pursuit of best practices, Sharon... Read More →
avatar for Megan White

Megan White

Megan White has taught a variety of grades from Kindergarten to Junior High. Her commitment to coaching and extra-curricular activities promotes positive relationships with students, making the school experience meaningful both inside and outside the classroom.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

3:45pm MDT

The internationalization of school-community partnerships-three case studies
Join the panelists in an exploration of how community partnerships enrich the educational experience of high school and upper secondary school (Videregående skole) students in three countries. These three school leaders whose schools are part of international partnerships will share their perspectives on two questions:  How do we make partnerships truly reciprocal in our communities? and, How do we determine success – from  the view of students and the community when our work is informed by international partnerships? The panelists will share examples of how students say they see the relevance and correlation between work at school and in the workplace that is enhanced by the internationalization efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Johanne Guldvik

Anne Johanne Guldvik

Principal, Lier Upper Secondary School
Anne Johanne Guldvik, is principal at Lier Upper Secondary School, in Norway. She is leading a school that primarily aims at being a professional and future-oriented vocational school. The school is also renowned for its many new attractive educational programs that provide both vocational... Read More →
avatar for Teijo Päkkilä

Teijo Päkkilä

Seinäjoen lukio
An experienced school leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Currently working also as a coordinator for upper secondary school development network (established by the Finnish National Agency for Education) consisting of twenty schools... Read More →
avatar for Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles

Principal, EPSB
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Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

3:45pm MDT

What’s the One Thing?
This session will share key insights from author Gary Keller who has honed in on a critical question to help with productivity, personal wellness and relationships in the work place.  Whereas Keller develops much of his views from a business perspective, this session will focus on taking his learnings and apply them directly to the position of the school leader.  Yes, as school leaders we are responsible for taking care of others. However, as our flight attendants remind us, “Put your mask on first!”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Arief Ebrahim

Dr. Arief Ebrahim

Principal, EPSB
Dr. Arief Ebrahim has enjoyed opportunities to serve as a school leader in both Elementary and Junior High School settings.  He has instructed at two Alberta Post Secondary institutions in the Faculty of Education. To broaden his contribution to the field, he served on the Executive... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm MDT
THEATRE

5:00pm MDT

Conference Centre Bus TO Rimrock Hotel
Shuttle Bus Available FROM Banff Springs Hotel TO Rimrock Hotel

Tuesday April 17, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL
 
Wednesday, April 18
 

6:45am MDT

Shuttle FROM Rimrock Hotel TO Banff Springs Hotel
Shuttle available from the Rimrock Hotel TO the Banff Springs Hotel Conference Centre

Wednesday April 18, 2018 6:45am - 7:30am MDT
RIMROCK HOTEL (FRONT)

7:00am MDT

Breakfast
Breakfast available at the Banff Springs Hotel for delegates who would like to participate.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am MDT
CASCADE, CONSERVATORY, NEW BRUNSWICK

8:45am MDT

Wednesday AM Keynote Panel Discussion - Building public confidence in educational reform and the alchemy of standards - The big questions for school leaders in the next five years
While educational reforms promise meaningful positive change, the undertow of accountability and public confidence ultimately determine success of failure of these efforts. For example, the dogged focus on gathering big data in many jurisdictions is now intersecting with the growth of standards of professional practice. These developments present increasingly nettlesome questions as school leaders aspire to pursue social democratic values and human rights in their communities. These practice and policy issues flow from the classroom level (regarding the primacy of teachers’ judgement); to the growing impacts of technology (computer-administered assessments); to the increasing influence of international benchmarking (the OECD Framework for Global Competencies); and to the emergence of artificial intelligence.
 
This panel of international experts will share their perspectives on the possible and probable futures for school leaders as these critical influences shape educational reform efforts in the next five years

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bates

Kevin Bates

President, Queensland Teachers' Union
Kevin is a secondary social science teacher and taught in Queensland state schools in Biloela, Redcliffe, Kedron and Dunwich from 1987-1994. He has been an officer of the QTU for 24 years, as an Organiser (1994-2000 and 2007-2011) and Industrial Advocate (2000-2006) prior to becoming... Read More →
avatar for Kalervo Gulson

Kalervo Gulson

Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
Kalervo N. Gulson is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia. His work draws on human geography, education policy studies, and science and technology studies. His current research investigates two areas: 1. the connections between... Read More →
avatar for Anne Looney

Anne Looney

Anne is the founding Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early-years, primary and post-primary... Read More →
avatar for Tony Mackay

Tony Mackay

Anthony Mackay is CEO of the Melbourne-based Centre for Strategic Education. The Centre focuses on Educational Leadership, Professional Practice, School Improvement, Curriculum and Assessment, and Innovation in Education at state, national and international levels – encompassing... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Naylor

Charlie Naylor

Charlie Naylor was the Senior Researcher for the BC Teachers' Federation and is currently an Affiliated Scholar with Simon Fraser University, an independent researcher and a Coach with the McConnell Foundation in projects addressing teacher and student well-being/mental health in... Read More →
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David Rutkowski

David Rutkowski is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Educational Policy and Educational Inquiry at Indiana University. Prior to IU David was a Professor of Education at the Center for Educational Measurement (CEMO) at the University of Oslo, Norway. David’s research... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM
  Keynote Presentation
  • Moderator Tony Mackay

10:00am MDT

Better All the Time: Learning Sprint Story from Evergreen Catholic
The successful implementation of Learning Sprints relies heavily on the engagement of all levels of leadership.  In this session you will hear the story of Evergreen Catholic and how senior administration, principals and teachers collaboratively use Learning Sprints to empower teacher teams and improve student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Dempsey

Dave Dempsey

Evergreen Catholic Schools
Dave Dempsey is Associate Superintendent of Evergreen Catholic School Division.  Dave is a lead learner and supports administrators, instructional coaches and teachers in promoting best practices to improve student learning.
avatar for Terri Lynn Guimond

Terri Lynn Guimond

Principal, Evergreen Catholic Schools
Terri Lynn is a lead learner who serves as a Principal with Evergreen Catholic Schools in Spruce Grove, Alberta. In her more than 20 years in education, Terri Lynn has explored learning in all grades, and has firsthand experience with the power of embedded professional learning, agility... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
BEATTY ROOM

10:00am MDT

Closing the Gap: Leading schools in focused collaboration
The seemingly intractable disparities in education, health and employment between Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are sometimes called ‘wicked problems’.  These are problems perceived as so complex and multi-causal that attempts to resolve them, especially by government, are often seen as superficial, vague and doomed to failure (Australian Public Service Commission, 2012; Harris, 2012).  

In 2008, a national strategy called Closing the Gap was devised to guide government actions to eliminate disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Australian Government, 2017). This long-term, cross-government effort targets early childhood, education, economic participation, healthy homes, safe communities and governance and leadership.  The Closing the Gap education goals were to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children by 2018 and to halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 attainment rates by 2020.  Queensland has shown the largest improvements in Australia, with significant improvement in six of the eight measures from 2008 to 2016 in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous students.  Queensland is the only state to have achieved the goal of halving the gap in Year 12 attainments by 2020, and in 2015 was the first education system in the country to effectively close the gap in Year 12 certification between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (Australian Government, 2017).  

The next target is closing the gap in Year 3 reading results, and Queensland is already demonstrating major improvement and leading the nation in systems change (Hattie, 2017).  In 2008 only 66% of Indigenous students achieved the national minimum standard for Year 3 reading in Queensland, one of the worst records in Australia.  By 2016 the proportion of Indigenous students reaching national minimum standards in Year 3 reading had increased to 85%, a 20% jump in performance since 2008 and narrowing the gap to only 11 % against non-Indigenous students in Year 3 (Australian Government, 2017).  

The following presentation describes the approach taken by the Queensland state school sector, in collaboration with communities and major stakeholders like the Queensland Teachers’ Union, to seize the moral imperative and drive behavioural change across a vast system.  It details the deliberate and purposeful actions taken by system leaders, regional directors, principals and teachers to grasp the ‘big picture’ but act in ways that responded to the needs of individual students using innovative and flexible approaches and a sharp and narrow focus to achieve success.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bates

Kevin Bates

President, Queensland Teachers' Union
Kevin is a secondary social science teacher and taught in Queensland state schools in Biloela, Redcliffe, Kedron and Dunwich from 1987-1994. He has been an officer of the QTU for 24 years, as an Organiser (1994-2000 and 2007-2011) and Industrial Advocate (2000-2006) prior to becoming... Read More →
avatar for Leanne Nixon

Leanne Nixon

Acting Deputy Director-General, State Schools Division, Queensland Department of Education
Ms Leanne Nixon is currently the acting Deputy Director-General, State Schools, Queensland Department of Education.  Ms Nixon was appointed to the role of Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Performance in 2014 and her priority is to develop innovative strategies to improve... Read More →



Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
ALBERTA ROOM

10:00am MDT

Digital Learning for All: Fostering a Culture of Creativity & Innovation
Three Apple Teachers from École Dr. Bernard Brosseau School will present their journey of transforming a small, bilingual middle school into an amazing Apple Distinguished School via the use of one-to-one Apple technology. Through this digital learning opportunity, they have established three main goals: 1) Provide students various opportunities to access and acquire information and knowledge, 2) Explore alternative ways for students to show what they know, and 3) Tap into students’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn. In this hands-on session, you will get a chance to “play” with the newest technology that the school is using, and experience the innovative teaching and learning that is unlocking student creativity.

Speakers
avatar for Jilliane Smyl

Jilliane Smyl

Teacher, Dr Bernard Brosseau Middle School
avatar for Vince Spila

Vince Spila

Principal, Apple Teacher, Lakeland Catholic School District
Vince Spila was a principal at a grade 5-8 Middle School in Northern Alberta, and is now a principal of a grade 9-12 High School in Northern Alberta. Over the last 30 years, he has had the role of teacher, counsellor, vice-principal and now principal. He has taken the lead on a number... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Yoshida

Colleen Yoshida

Science & Math Teacher / PD Co-Chair, Lakeland Catholic School District
Wife and Mom to 2 amazing boys, Math and Science Teacher, and Ed Tech Integrator.This year, I'm trying out a new challenge in Junior High. I am LOVING it!Always a student and a lover of learning, life, challenge and change.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
DC COLEMAN ROOM

10:00am MDT

Ditching Report Cards and Grades: Yes it is Possible!
Many schools in Surrey, British Columbia have eliminated report cards and even letter grades. In this session we will reveal how we have successfully  implemented a new way of communicating student learning through digital portfolios and eliminated letter grades at the elementary school level.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Brett

Shelley Brett

Principal, Surrey School District
Shelley Brett is the principal of the Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning and Brookside Elementary. She is the mother of 2 boys and has been an educator for 30 years. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Assessment. She is an international... Read More →
avatar for Iram Khan

Iram Khan

Principal, Surrey School District
Iram Khan is the principal of McLeod Road Traditional School in Surrey, British Columbia and has been an educator for 20 years and an administrator for 10 years. She is the co-creator of and blogger for the education website, CanTeach. As a parent of a 7 and 10 yr. old, Iram keeps... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
ROB RITCHIE ROOM

10:00am MDT

Inspiring Change: Lead by Doing, there is no try
Enacting change requires a vision, embracing change requires dedication, inspiring change requires taking risks for the greater good. Change is not always easy, but when leaders lead by example, they assist their staff members by providing them with the agency they need to develop a growth mindset and to willingly embark on their professional learning journey. We will share our experience with manifesting change within our staff regarding effective classroom practices, with a specific focus on mathematics instruction and assessment. Through a collaborative approach of learning, doing, sharing, reflecting and refining, we created a culture where making mistakes is a welcomed part of the process, and where creativity is valued.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Hui

Justin Hui

Justin Hui teaches grade six and is the Math Lead Teacher at Mount Joy P.S. in Markham, Ontario. He has presented multiple times at the Ontario Association for Mathematics Educators conference and teaches a additional qualification course in mathematics for York University.
avatar for Ken Pettigrew

Ken Pettigrew

Ken Pettigrew has been an educator for over twenty years, having taught every grade from one through eight. He has been a consultant, and additional qualification instructor, and is currently an elementary school principal. Ken has presented alongside Justin at the Ontario Association... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
PETRAK ROOM

10:00am MDT

Leading Schools through Measuring What Matters
Across the world there is consensus that student success in both school and life consists of much more than just academic learning. Over the past four years, People for Education has worked with educators, policymakers, the public, and scholars to build a set of school conditions and student competencies that, in combination with literacy and numeracy, represent the broad, foundational skills and practices that are critical for students to be successful in today’s society. The goal of this workshop is to look at how leaders can use these conditions and competencies to plan and track school and system improvement.

This session will provide concrete examples of how educators are using conditions and competencies to monitor teaching, learning, and improvement across contexts - in the classroom, the school, and at the system level. Delegates attending this workshop will engage in a discussion of the implications of this work, analyzing how this work might be supported in different policy environments and practice across Canada.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Schandl

Christine Schandl

Research Manager, People for Education
Christine Schandl is the Research Manager at People for Education. She is a former teacher from Edmonton, Alberta and earned her Masters at OISE at the University of Toronto, where her research focused on assessment in K-12 education. She is currently working towards her PhD in Educational... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Strangway

Lynn Strangway

Superintendent of Education, Toronto District School Board
Lynn Strangway is a Superintendent of Education in the Toronto District School Board. Lynn was the principal at Sprucecourt Public school in 2015 and before that, Lynn returned from a secondment on the Capacity Building and Research Team at the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ontario... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
NEW BRUNSWICK A

10:00am MDT

Les sept enseignements de grand-père
Cet atelier examinera les sept enseignements de grand-père (Anishnabe/Ojibwé) transmis à travers les générations tout en y ajoutant la perspective Crie.  Durant la session, nous aborderons entre autres sujets les animaux qui ont été associés à chacun de ces enseignements et la façon dont ils utilisent les dons offerts par le Créateur.En s’inspirant de la littérature, nous allons explorer les moyens de faire découvrir ces enseignements à nos élèves, dans toutes les matières

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

Consultant, Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP)
Éric Caron est consultant en technologie éducationnelle auprès du Consortium provincial francophone. Spécialisé en histoire, Éric a enseigné de nombreuses matières durant sa carrière. Passionné par la pédagogie, il a mené de nombreux projets autant en classe qu’en activités... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
OAK ROOM

10:00am MDT

Networked Learning: insights from the Curiosity & Powerful Learning Project
The Curiosity & Powerful Learning (C&PL) project has a partnership with 87 schools across two states in Australia. The project is based on profession-led collaborative partnerships where schools work together and learn from each other. The C&PL project is designed for teachers, principals and system leaders leaders who are embarking on a school improvement journey.

Speakers
RD

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn has advised schools and systems in the U.S and Australia to develop innovative educational solutions.  He has worked extensively in the United States, where he led large-scale research and maths professional learning initiatives in New York City and California. In Australia... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
SHAUGHNESSY ROOM

10:00am MDT

Putting Yourself Out There: Resonances and Tensions Among Parents' Sense of Community in Rural Secondary Schools
Principals know the value of engaging parents as key educational stakeholders in their school communities.  It is assumed that rural contexts are close knit, uniform, and stable, making it relatively easy to establish a strong sense of community with parents.  In my research on parents in rural secondary schools, however, it is clear that parents experience displacement as a result of the shifting relationships and expectations in parent-student dynamics; parents often report feeling “unneeded” by teachers, and children’s maturation requires them to renegotiate how they continue their involvement in their school lives.  While rural contexts make it somewhat easy for parents to feel known and to know others, McMillan and Chavis’ (1986) sense of community theory suggests that membership, influence, fulfillment of needs, and emotional connection are necessary conditions for parents to have a meaningful experience of belonging.  This presentation will share insights gained from a nationally funded study of rural secondary schools in Alberta regarding what makes parents feel in community in their children’s schools.  Tensions and resonances unique to rural contexts will be shared through these discourses: (1) Putting Yourself Out there:  The Discourse of Personal Responsibilization; (2) Breaking Barriers: The Discourse of Navigating Legacy/Generational Families; and (3) Re-centering Students: The Discourse of Students as Relationship Brokers for Community. An important insight from this research is that rural schools are more complex than we might imagine. The overlap of norms and structures in the school and external community demand rural schools to consider “school community” as a fluid medium where relationships are diversely constructed and interpreted.

Speakers
avatar for Marcela Herrera Farfan

Marcela Herrera Farfan

Doctorate candidate, University of Alberta
avatar for Bonnie Stelmach

Bonnie Stelmach

Professor, University of Alberta
I am a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. My research program includes parents' roles and sense of community in their children's schools. My particular interest is in rural and northern schools, and I have conducted research on policy impacting school... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
CHAMPLAIN ROOM

10:00am MDT

Relationships matter: strengthening school climate, support systems and prosocial behaviors in schools.
Strong relationships provide one of the most essential support for student learning. We are aware that the social climate of the school and classroom has a direct impact on student learning yet why is it so hard to achieve at a schoolwide level? We will explore positive and negative factors which impede our leadership efforts to build strong social climates. We will discuss strategies and supports to help implement and maintain healthy relationships within the school community.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Candace Grossjohann

Dr. Candace Grossjohann

Student Support Services and Pastoral Care Director, Phorms Education
Dr. Candace Grossjohann has been engaged in the field of education and public health for over 20 years as a direct service provider, trainer, consultant, researcher, and administrator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Hofstra University in New York, and both her Masters... Read More →
avatar for Selena Mell

Selena Mell

Education Director, Phorms Education (Germany)
Selena Mell is from Quebec, Canada and has been involved in the field bilingual education, in a range of public and private school positions from Kindergarten to adult education, since 1989. She has worked as a Principal/Head for multiple K-7 schools in Quesnel, British Columbia... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
THEATRE

10:00am MDT

Supporting Smooth Transitions to High School
This presentation focuses on using school resources to design a structure that targets the common struggle of successful high school transition.  Delegates will benefit from this session as it will have them experience a structure that was put into 2 high school in the same district and its proven success on student attendance, engagement and academic achievement. Delegates will also be able to ask questions about resources, strategies and other potential obstacle they may be facing when trying to support their transition.

Speakers
avatar for Dionne Deer

Dionne Deer

Principal, LRSD
Dionne Deer is  the Principal at Glenlawn Collegiate School in Winnipeg. Glenlawn is a Grade 9-12 high school of about 1200 students. Dionne has held multiple positions within Louis Riel School Division both at the school and divisional level. The experience gained from Physical... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Mager

Nicole Mager

Vice-Principal, LRSD
Nicole Mager is a Vice-Principal at Windsor Park Collegiate, a grade 9-12 high school. Nicole worked extensively with at-risk youth as a foster parent of a group home and as a summer program coordinator for Winnipeg's disadvantaged youth. Nicole has a passion for working with children... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
NORQUAY ROOM

10:00am MDT

Teacher Research as a foundation assurance in public education: An international conversation on the role of school leaders
The authoritative voice of the teaching profession is vital to the future of public education. How might school leaders support the aspirations of teachers to engage research in action and action in research in ways that enhances public assurance? Panelists from Australia, Canada, and Finland will share their perspectives on how they are advancing teacher research as a vital element for building public confidence in the teacher on the frontline of making meaning of public education in the increasingly complex and brittle lives of children and youth.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Boreland

Carly Boreland

Editor, Journal of Professional Learning
Carly Boreland is from Sydney, Australia. She is the Editor of the Journal of Professional Learning (JPL), creator and host of the JPL Podcast and Assistant Director of the Centre for Professional Learning. Her work seeks to enhance the quality of teaching and public education through... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Murgatroyd

Stephen Murgatroyd

CEO, Futures Leaders for Change
Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD is an experienced leader, change agent and inspirational speaker. He has worked in a great many places in the world on issues and actions associated with educational leadership, innovation and change. Author of over forty books and a frequent keynote speaker... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Naylor

Charlie Naylor

Charlie Naylor was the Senior Researcher for the BC Teachers' Federation and is currently an Affiliated Scholar with Simon Fraser University, an independent researcher and a Coach with the McConnell Foundation in projects addressing teacher and student well-being/mental health in... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
ALHAMBRA ROOM

10:00am MDT

Leadership is a choice, not a position
The key to any successful organization (district, school or family) is the ability to establish trusting relationships. This highly interactive, engaging session will focus on how to establish trusting relationships through principle centered leadership.  Participants will learn that the trust begins with the core 4 of credibility (Integrity, Intent, Capabilities and Results), once we have established our own credibility, we can develop trusting relationships. Participants will learn the power of language, the skill of listening and how to apply these leadership principles in their daily interactions. Participants will leave the day with leadership tools they can apply tomorrow

Speakers
avatar for Leader in Me

Leader in Me

Client Partner, FranklinCovey - Leader in Me
Leader in Me is an evidence-based PK-12 model, developed in partnership with educators, designed to build resilience and leadership in students, create a high-trust culture, and help improve academic achievement.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

10:00am MDT

Primary Principals' Association Principal Credential [RECOMMENDED]
This presentation will articulate the purpose and the results of a principal association led professional learning and capacity building program for school leaders, against the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (AITSL).
The purpose of the program is to provide principals and aspiring principals with a rigorous program involving national and international educational researchers to drive innovative change, whilst also developing an e-portfolio of action learning, leading to both a professional and internationally recognised university credential - Masters in School Leadership.

Speakers
AM

Ann McIntyre

Ann McIntyre is recognised for her work in effective teaching and leadership and school and system improvement. Her work is known internationally as a result of its rigor, innovation and efficacy.Ann is the Australian national researcher for the International Teacher Policy Study... Read More →
avatar for Graeme Ross

Graeme Ross

representing PPA Leadership Standing Committee, NSW Primary Principals' Assoc.
Graeme Ross is he principal of Bellingen Public School with the NSW Department of Education. Graeme has been a principal of 4 schools, all medium sized, over 14 years, both city and rural based. Graeme has chaired the NSW Primary Principals' Association (PPA) Leadership Standing Committee... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
MOUNT STEPHEN HALL

11:00am MDT

Break and Transition to Closing Keynote Event
Break and Transition to Closing Keynote Event

Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

11:15am MDT

Wednesday Closing Keynote - Learning Space Design for Leaders
If we want to cultivate creative and flexible minds, we need to design our learning spaces to promote innovative thinking. In this interactive experience, we will explore three design aspects that affect collaboration and creation. Leaders will discover how their spaces can empower teachers and students as leaders and drive their school’s vision and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hare

Rebecca Hare

DESIGNER EDUCATOR
After a decade in Italy as a design consultant and creative director, Rebecca Louise Hare became fascinated with education. The young designers she hired, she found, struggled with problem-solving and critical thinking. She returned to the U.S. to study education and built on her... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

12:15pm MDT

Conference Wrap-Up and Prize Draws
Conference wrap-up and closing activities including prize draws.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm MDT
VAN HORNE BALLROOM

12:30pm MDT

Shuttle FROM Banff Springs Hotel Conference Centre TO Rimrock Hotel
Shuttle FROM Banff Springs Hotel Conference Centre TO Rimrock Hotel

Wednesday April 18, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm MDT
BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL
 
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