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Tuesday, April 26 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Transforming School Culture from the Ground Up - Using your people to turn a spark of inspiration into a flame

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The only constant in schools today is change. As leaders we are asked to navigate the waters of change when at times it feels like we are moving upstream without a paddle. Our culture often celebrates “heroic leaders” who seem to be everything to everyone. But, for most people, trying to be heroic is a recipe for burnout. In this session, we will discuss what it means to be a transformational leader and create the spark for transformational change in schools through creating inclusive, strength-based school cultures. Together we will explore ways that leaders can build leadership capacity in their schools and nurture the spark of change at the grassroots level. Can transformational leadership come from places other than the principal’s office? How can leaders create opportunities for leadership amongst their teachers and staff? What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of building transformational change from the ground up?

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Kevin DeForge

Principal, Calgary Catholic
Kevin DeForge is a Principal in Calgary Catholic, currently at St. Dominic Fine Arts School. He is the 2016 recipient of a Canada’s Outstanding Principal award, as well as the Alberta CSL Distinguished Leadership Award 2014. He has been a speaker for the uLead Conference, Rural Education Symposium and the Calgary Regional Consortium. | Kevin is a happy husband and proud father of two precocious boys. He is a competitive runner and a... Read More →
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Kirk Linton

Kirk Linton is a Vice Principal with the Calgary Catholic School District and was recently nominated for the Canadian Association of Principals distinguished Vice Principal award. He has spoken at the Alberta Rural Education Symposium, ATLE and AISI conferences, and the Symposium for 21st Century Learning attended by educational leaders from around the globe. He is a champion of inquiry-based learning, technology in schools, and physical... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Norquay Room