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Sunday, April 24
 

5:30pm

Rimrock Hotel Bus to Conference Center
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Rimrock Hotel for the conference centre at the Banff Springs Hotel at the following times on Sunday starting at 5:30 pm, Monday: 6:45 am, 7:10 am, and 7:30 am   These will arrive in time for you to enjoy breakfast at the Banff Springs Hotel

Sunday April 24, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Rimrock Hotel

6:30pm

Opening Keynote Presentation - Multidimensional Learning: Growing a Successful Learning Ecosystem
For more than a century, we’ve imagined a future learning space filled with marvelous technologies, yet those visions were rarely transformative, often failing to understand either the nature or impact of technological change. Beginning with an exploration of the characteristics of successful ecosystems, this presentation will propose a multidimensional approach to learning that ties content inextricably to meaningful contexts and collaborative communities. Building on a number of existing and emerging learning paradigms and practices, this talk will offer a pragmatic structure for engagement supported richly by technology and offering teachers and learners a framework for building a truly productive vision of the future of learning. 

Speakers
avatar for William Rankin

William Rankin

Bill Rankin is a Director of Learning at Apple, Inc., with responsibility for promoting and enhancing innovative teaching and learning. Prior to joining Apple, he worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding his time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation, he helped design the world’s first... Read More →


Sunday April 24, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Van Horne Ballroom

8:30pm

Opening Night Concert - Peter Katz

Katz is a 2012 Juno Award nominee and Emerging Artist of the Year nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Katz has sold over 15,000 copies of his discs and performed with notable artists such as The Swell Season (The Frames), Dan ManganThe Good LoveliesJoel PlaskettBahamasRoyal WoodLucky Fonz IIIDonovan FrankenreiterJordan Raycroft, and Garth Hudson from The Band, members of Levon Helm's band (on stage with Glen Hansard's band). His music is moving and the message in his lyrics will inspire.

During the Sunday evening reception following the opening keynote address at uLead - if you feel like taking time to relax and let some good music wash over you join 250 colleagues in the Theatre room at the Banff Springs Hotel for an evening with Peter Katz!  Seats are limited and will be filled on a "first-come" "first-served" basis.

“Try listening without getting goosebumps” London Free Press

“One of the most promising songwriters of our time” B.Y.E. Magazine Germany

“If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name of everyone’s lips” The Record




Artists
avatar for Peter Katz

Peter Katz

“If you want to make something that’s like nothing you’ve made before, then you have to shake yourself up, go beyond what’s comfortable and known and let yourself feel disoriented, overwhelmed, even intimidated.  Those moments, when you lose your bearings, when you’re forced to sink or swim, are the moments when you have an opportunity to rise to the occasion, to surprise yourself, to do the things you... Read More →


Sunday April 24, 2016 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Theatre

8:30pm

Reception in Foyer - No Host (Cash) Bar

Following the Sunday evening keynote address there will be a no host (cash) bar reception and an opportunity to mingle with colleagues.


Sunday April 24, 2016 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Van Horne Foyer

9:00pm

Conference Centre Bus to Rimrock Hotel
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Conference Centre (Banff Springs) for the Rimrock Hotel at the following times on Sunday:  9 pm, 9:20 pm, and 9:40 pm

Sunday April 24, 2016 9:00pm - 9:40pm
Banff Springs Hotel
 
Monday, April 25
 

6:45am

Rimrock Hotel Bus to Conference Center
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Rimrock Hotel for the conference centre at the Banff Springs Hotel at the following times on Monday: 6:45 am, 7:10 am, and 7:30 am   These will arrive in time for you to enjoy breakfast at the Banff Springs Hotel

Monday April 25, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Rimrock Hotel

7:00am

Breakfast
Continental Breakfast is served on Monday, April 25, Tuesday, April 26, and Wednesday, April 27.

(*NOTE: You must be wearing your conference lanyard and nametag in order to participate)

Monday April 25, 2016 7:00am - 8:45am
Mezzanine 2

9:00am

Monday AM Keynote Presentation: Creating Agile Schools - Setting up our schools to embrace change and to adapt to the future
International benchmarking in education is a common practice today in educational leadership in all developed education systems in the world. But international benchmarking is still relatively young and therefore underdeveloped area in educational leadership. In many countries education policies are introduced and changed based on what seems to be the evidence from so called 'high performing' education systems. In this presentation I will offer more critical perspective to understanding lessons from one of the most often referred educational systems, Finland. This perspective includes still to be tested hypothesis that – at least regarding Finland – much of the explanation of its consistent high educational performance may be associated to invisible factors that are primarily found outside the school and formal education system. The conclusion is that if this hypothesis is verified, then education leaders need to take much broader and systemic view also in international education benchmarking, policy-making and education reform design than what has been done until now. 

Speakers
avatar for Simon Breakspear

Simon Breakspear

LearnLabs
THOUGHT LEADER. SPEAKER. WRITER.Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of Agile SchoolsTM and LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Van Horne Ballroom

10:30am

11:00am

Finding Your Focus

Based on the work of Daniel Goldman, this session looks at the complexity and importance of being able to 'FOCUS.' Attending to what's most important first, is extremely challenging as we deal with multitasking, changes and the general demands of the profession. Learn how to look at 'focus' as a key element in moving from being good to being great at what you do as and individual and team.


Speakers
avatar for Arief Ebrahim

Arief Ebrahim

Principal, Edmonton Public Schools
Arief is currently an Elementary School principal with experience as an Elementary and Junior High School teacher/administrator. Arief has instructed at both the University of Alberta and Concordia University Collage in the Faculty of Education. He obtained his M.Ed in the area of School Improvement and Leadership. He is about to receive his Graduate Diploma after completing his Ph.D course work with the Department of Educational Policy... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Norquay Room

11:00am

Impact and Evidence: Exploring the Leadership Narrative through the Professional Practice Competencies in Alberta

The importance of developing a strong narrative around leadership practice is critical in the ongoing evolution of our profession. In this Core Conversation session, members of the Leadership and Learning team from the Calgary Board of Education will describe how they are working with the leaders within the district to generate and document evidence of leadership practice. With a focus on impact, the team will describe how they are addressing leadership evidence that moves from a list of ‘what we do’, to asking, ‘what is the impact of our leadership?’. The team will discuss how the Professional Practice Competencies have inspired and impacted the leadership development within the district. This Core Conversation session will appeal to educators responsible for leadership development. All educators regardless of leadership experience are encouraged to attend and participate.


 

Speakers
avatar for Ann Ard

Ann Ard

Ann Ard is a Leadership and Learning Consultant 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. Ann's strong focus on action research is the foundation of her leadership
avatar for Lori Cooper

Lori Cooper

Consultant, Leadership & Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Dr. Lori Cooper is a Consultant in the Leadership and Learning department in the Calgary Board of Education. Previously, she was a Principal with over 19 years of formal and informal leadership experience at the elementary and middle school levels. She recently completed her Doctorate in Education in Leadership at the University of Calgary.
avatar for Kim Hackman

Kim Hackman

Kim Hackman is a Consultant, Leadership and Learning for the Calgary Board of Education. Previously, he was a Principal in the Calgary Board of Education of a large urban high school. He has 24 years of experience as a teacher and instructional leader at elementary, middle school and high school levels. Kim is a recent recipient of the Canada's Outstanding Principals award.
avatar for Dr. Lori Pamplin

Dr. Lori Pamplin

Dr. Lori Pamplin is the Director, Leadership and Learning in the Calgary Board of Education.  A former principal, she has worked at both the school and system level to improve the learning experiences of students as well as the adults who work with them.  Lori holds a Doctorate in Education.  Her research was designed to better understand the always emergent, ambiguous and contingent nature of being a school principal within a... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
D.C. Coleman

11:00am

Leadership and Social Justice: How Schools Can Change Our World

Schools today are called to be Leaders in a World of Change. Leadership skills can be learned and lived by every single child within a school setting, regardless of their age. This dynamic presentation demonstrates how children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 use the power of a Social Justice mind, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Effective Behaviour to become leaders for a lifetime. Using concrete practical examples, this presentation will give the educator a step by step process to support the current culture of their school, and invite every child to practice the habits of effective leadership, setting and fulfilling goals, and working together to change our world.



Speakers
avatar for Dan Friedt

Dan Friedt

Principal, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Dan Friedt is the principal of St. Angela School. He has 36 years of teaching experience from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve. He has 18 years of administrative experience and is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator (2013). Dan’s passion is Leadership and believes that every single child, even as young as five, can be taught leadership skills. Dan has presented throughout North America, including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Frontenac

11:00am

Learning Without Limits : choosing a narrative of growth
According to Hattie (2014), a narrow focus on high achievement as the major outcome of education can lead to the wrong questions and the wrong answers. It can also lead to the misplacement of scarce resources at the cost of other reforms. In line with research conducted by the Assessment Research Centre at the University of Melbourne (Griffin ed. 2014), this paper reports on an initiative that eschews deficits and sources of failure. Instead, in a school where high ‘achievement’ is already entrenched, it focuses on how a narrative of growth and progress for all can point the way forward for an individual school, and even perhaps, by inference, the nation. Reporting on the promising early impact on teachers, teaching practice and students of a whole-school project (ELC to Year 12) to create and implement developmental progressions describing what growth and progress look like in all subject disciplines, the paper wades into the debate that all students can learn and improve if teachers identify what they are ready to learn (Griffin ed. 2014), and act accordingly. In addition, the alignment of the project’s principles to its methodology, whereby teacher readiness is identified, monitored and targeted with developmentally appropriate support (Krathwohl, Bloom & Masia, 1964), will be shown to support universal take-up.
 
 
 

Speakers
avatar for Heather De Blasio

Heather De Blasio

Heather De Blasio is Director of Learning and Teaching Excellence at Wilderness School in South Australia. Keenly interested in educational practices which promote growth for all students, Heather is studying her Doctor of Education at the University of Melbourne. @deblah123


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
New Brunswick Room

11:00am

The datafication of education – the pitfalls and possibilities of using data to improve our game.

Technological developments have made it possible to gather and statistically compute vast amounts of data about human behavior and the results of these behaviors. How can the teaching profession take charge of how these possibilities are used in education to strengthen our influence of education policies, our professionality and our development work in schools? Practical examples and assessments from the OECD to the classroom level will be offered. 


 

Speakers
avatar for Roar Grøttvik

Roar Grøttvik

Political adviser, Union of Education Norway
Roar Grøttvik has worked for the teachers' union movement, the last 27 years as an employee, since he started to work as a teacher in 1978 after finishing his university and teaching degree in Bergen, Norway. His subjects are Mathematics, Physics, History and English. He has worked as a teacher mainly in lower secondary education. In the union he has worked as a negotiator for wages and working conditions, as a research investigator, as a member... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Champlain Room

11:00am

The Shift to Imperfect Authenticity

Leading with your authentic self can be challenging, particularly in developing and sustaining a vision.   How can your unique perspective and honoring your most personal values as well as the values of the collective community, lead to an engaged and vibrant school?  Let's talk about how we can bring to life, the "Embodying Visionary Leadership" dimension from the Principal Quality Practice Guidelines.

 

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Kardynal-Bahri

Laurie Kardynal-Bahri

Elk Island Catholic Schools
Laurie Kardynal-Bahri is the principal of St. Theresa Catholic School, a middle school in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  She started her career teaching in the Ukrainian Bilingual Program for 11 years. Laurie was then seconded as a Field Experience Associate at the University of Alberta, and later returned to her district as a Curriculum and Assessment Consultant.  She has also served as an Assistant Principal and Principal with Elk Island... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alberta Room

11:00am

Working With Government
Join Alberta's Minister of Education - the Honourable David Eggen in a stimulating discussion on how those who lead our education system can help foster a positive learning ecosystem in a synergistic way.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Ramsankar

Mark Ramsankar

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
H. Mark Ramsankar was elected president in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 following two terms of service as vice-president. Immediately prior to his election as vice-president, he served as president of Edmonton Public Teachers Local for four years. Since 1986, he has served the teachers of Edmonton in various capacities through the local executive and other committees, where his focus has been on the development of meaningful relationships... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Eggen, Honourable

David Eggen, Honourable

David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism on May 24, 2015. In addition to being a member of Cabinet, Mr. Eggen currently serves on the Economic Policy Committee and Social Policy Committee.   Mr. Eggen was elected to his third term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on May 5, 2015. He previously served as the critic for energy, education, environment and... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Baron Shaughnessy

11:00am

Case Studies of Agile Leadership in Action: How to create deep pedagogical change

Join Simon Breakspear alongside 3 highly effective change leaders to unpack what it ‘really’ takes to lead deep pedagogical change. This engaging and highly practical session will: 

  • Unpack a model of agile school improvement that is having impact around the world despite complexity and resistance 
  • Ground the model in real-world case studies of change occurring in three diverse school contexts: Sydney Australia, Mumbai India and Edmonton Canada. 
  • Apply these emerging change lessons to your own context

 

Speakers
avatar for Simon Breakspear

Simon Breakspear

LearnLabs
THOUGHT LEADER. SPEAKER. WRITER.Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of Agile SchoolsTM and LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon... Read More →
avatar for Dave Dempsey

Dave Dempsey

Associate Superintendent, Evergreen Catholic School Division
Dave Dempsey is the ​Associate Superintendent - Learning for the Evergreen Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada.  Dave Dempsey has served in the field of education for 29 years, Dave has seen a great deal of change but none as dramatic as the change that has occurred over the last 5. In his role of Associate Superintendent – Learning, Dave strongly believes that it is the teacher who has the greatest impact on learning and... Read More →
avatar for Jann Robinson

Jann Robinson

Principal, St Luke\'s Grammar School
MRS JANN ROBINSON |   | MEd (Lead), BA, Dip Ed, TC, MACE, MACEL |   | Mrs Jann Robinson was appointed as Principal of St Luke’s Grammar in 2005.  Previously she had held leadership roles in Student Welfare and Curriculum. |   | Mrs Robinson is committed to continual staff professional learning and staff development, believing that teachers are vital in promoting success for student outcomes. |   | Under Mrs Robinson’s... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alhambra Room

11:00am

Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta - Harvard Research Study on Achieving a Fine Balance in a Digitally Saturated World

Each day, the average Canadian student aged 8 to 18 years spends approximately seven hours and 45 minutes in front of some sort of screen, such as a smartphone, tablet, television or computer. Researchers from the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Harvard Medical School, University of Alberta, and Boston Children’s Hospital are engaged in a comprehensive and long-term analysis of the impact of digital technologies on Alberta children and youth’s health, development and learning. The primary goal of this provincial research, entitled Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta, is to study the scope of physical, mental and social consequences of digital technologies in areas such as exercise, homework, identity formation, distraction, cognition, learning, nutrition and sleep quality/quantity. In this session, Dr. McRae will explore the findings from the first year of this study, and share the themes emerging from the thousands of questions posed by Alberta teachers and school leaders about how technologies are actively (re)shaping our society and learning ecosystems.

 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and an Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D. He was the Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) at the University of Alberta from 2005-2009, and taught several graduate courses in the Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) program. Phil has worked in many... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivor Petrak Room

11:00am

iCan with iOS: Reach ALL Learners with Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

The built-in accessibility features and reader tools found within iPad's user interface are key in personalizing the device for one’s own learning, but these features are often underutilized or unknown entirely. When used as they were designed, students who struggle with reading, organization, attention and focus use these tools to reduce sensory overload, organize their thoughts and ideas and ultimately take charge of their own learning. 
Built-in iOS features support learning for students who have weak physical and motor skills, vision and hearing challenges, attention challenges and/or other cognitive and learning disabilities.  For example, students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD have average to above average intelligence and can function extremely well in learning environments, when provided with the tools to do so. This session will focus on specific iOS features that support reading comprehension, speech/oral expression, written expression and organization, time management & planning.  iOS accessibility features, such as dictation, speak selection with text highlighting, zoom, VoiceOver, Guided Access and MORE will be utilized with time for exploration, dialogue and application. Participants will also discover how struggling readers can utilize iBooks reader tools (highlighting, notes, bookmarking, built-in dictionary) to help them reach their full potential.



Speakers
avatar for Jenny  Grabiec

Jenny Grabiec

Director of Instructional Technology, The Fletcher School
Jenny began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in New York State. Selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Jenny has spent the past five years working primarily with iPads in education. Jenny is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at The Fletcher School, a K-12 school in Charlotte, NC for students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Here she had the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sir Edward Beatty

11:00am

If You Build it They Will Come

You've delivered an iPad to the Superintendent, all the principals and administrative teams. Now what? String Theory Schools has said goodbye to email maximized the use of iPad at all the administrative levels. Superintendents and principals can create courses in iTunes U that provide their school leadership teams and school boards with up-to-date information all in a single course. Join us to learn how announcements, resources and current districtwide policies can all be curated and delivered for just in time access. 




 

Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
 Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2009 • Google Certified Teacher •District Lead iTunes U  | Christine is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology at String Theory Schools in Philadelphia. Her role is to work with faculty and staff supporting technology and pedagogical initiatives in the classroom. In the 1 to 1 iPad program she creates learning opportunities for content creation for all members of the faculty and... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theatre

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch is served on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in the Van Horne Ballroom.

(*NOTE: You must be wearing your conference lanyard and nametag in order to participate)

Monday April 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Van Horne Ballroom

1:00pm

Monday PM Keynote Presentation - The Next Big Leadership Thing: Small Data²
Small data (sm'aē'āll DH(ə)ta) is data that is small enough size for human comprehension.  Learn what a revolutionary shift that means for you as school leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Van Horne Ballroom

2:15pm

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

Monday April 25, 2016 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Transition

2:30pm

Alberta Teacher and Administrator Exchanges: Year-Long and Two Week Exchanges to Germany, Spain, Australia, and the United Kingdom

Professional development is an important aspect of practice across many disciplines. Living abroad and experiencing life in another culture with your career can be a life-changing and career-enriching experience. 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, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Please join us for a session on short term leadership 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, a Government of Alberta Program administered by the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With a background in Communications and Technology, and working in the Department of Educational Policy with inquiry-based projects, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other. Her current areas of research centre on... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Champlain Room

2:30pm

Courageously Leading Inclusion: A Systemic Approach to Transforming School Based Practices

As a leader, when considering your most diverse learners; how do you know who to access, when to access them and for which supports? What structures are most impactful in meeting a broad range of diverse student needs? As a leader, how do I attend to all of this and build capacity with my support staff and teachers so that they feel confident and supported in an inclusive environment as outlined in Inspiring Education? Leading inclusion and attending to the above questions is possible with a well-defined model that clearly outlines a continuum of supports and services from front line classroom to intensive interventions involving multiple partner agencies. Wolf Creek Public Schools will share their continuum of collaborative team structures, an aligned calendar and clearly defined processes to support and lead inclusion. The Wolf Creek Public Schools Inclusive Learning Services staff will present: • dynamic team structures, supporting processes and resources • a method of identifying diverse learners through level of impact • innovative electronic program planning • developing effective collaborative partnerships WCPS Inclusive Learning Services will provide an overview of a variety of roles supporting this model ranging from: school level teams, psychologists, social workers, FNMI success coordinator, inclusive learning coordinators, and leadership.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Jay Cottell

Jay Cottell

Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Early Learning, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Jay Cottell is currently employed by Wolf Creek Public Schools as a Coordinator for Inclusive Learning Services. Jay's experience in building capacity with staff extends through support staff, certified teaching staff, Inclusion Coaches, Learning Coaches, administrators and district office staff. Jay has awareness of students' diverse learning needs and of the extensive applications available for teachers to meet these needs. His work with... Read More →
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Amber Hester

Amber Hester currently holds the position of the Assistant Superintendent of Inclusive Learning Services in Wolf Creek Public Schools. She leads a team of Inclusive Learning Staff that includes Directors, Coordinators, District Social Worker, Psychologists, 22 Social Workers and 14 Inclusion Coaches. Amber has previously worked in Saskatchewan as Assistant Superintendent of Schools (Chinook School Division), and as the Coordinator of... Read More →
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Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson is an educator with two decades of experience in schools and is currently a Coordinator of Inclusive Learning Services for Wolf Creek Public Schools in Central Alberta.  Lorna’s school wide, divisional and provincial opportunities have provided her with experience in learning support and inclusion, collaborative practice, pyramid of interventions development, enhancing external partnerships, effective assessment and grading... Read More →
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Lana Nogue

Director, Inclusive Learning Services, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Lana Nogue is Director of Inclusive Learning Services with Wolf Creek Public Schools. She brings to her position 16 years of experience teaching and consulting in the field of special education, along with school-based administration and instructional leadership. Her experience supporting students with diverse learning needs, leading inclusive school teams, and a focus on school-wide literacy and learning- improvement goals provides Lana with... Read More →
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Barb Pears

Barb Pears is the Coordinator for Inclusive Learning Services and Behavior Consultant for Wolf Creek Public Schools. She has spent her entire career in alternate education, working with students at risk. She received her Education degree from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Special Education from Flinders University in Australia. 
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Barb Reaney

Barb Reaney is the District Social Worker in the Inclusive Learning Services Department at the Wolf Creek Public School Division.  She brings with her over 22 years’ experience working with children, youth and their families in both long-term and brief interventions. As well as working in the school system supporting Administrators, teaching staff and support staff in building effective social/emotional/behavioral support plans, Barb... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D.C. Coleman

2:30pm

Deepening Leadership through Effective Collaboration
Research shows that many school leaders across Canada feel isolated in their roles. This session will explore the ways in which a school district supports school leaders as teams and as individuals through intensive collaboration with the District Principal.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Pitman

Joanne Pitman

District Principal, Grande Prairie Public School District
Joanne Pitman is the District Principal with Grande Prairie Public School District. Her focus is on developing and supporting effective and intentional leadership practice in learning communities. Follow Joanne on Twitter @JoannePitman5



Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Frontenac

2:30pm

Embracing Your Leadership Narrative

 Each one of us has a story; and it shapes our leadership practice whether we know it or not! Your lived experiences as a learner, teacher and leader shape your values, priorities and leadership practice; and it is critical to take time to reflect on your experiences—good and bad—so that you can mine them for the impact they have had on you. Leading schools is complex work; and it requires us to deeply understand ourselves in order to engage in collaborative, creative work in service of student learning. Living and reliving, telling and re-telling our stories is a powerful way to connect to our identity and values, to give voice to those who are vulnerable, to bring our intellectual and emotional sides together, and to help us connect with one another as leaders at a human level. This session will explore the research on the power of narrative to help you develop as an ethical leader and strengthen relationships. It will also provide practical strategies for digging into your own narrative individually and within a community.

 

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Toogood

Kathy Toogood

Learner, leader, strategic thinker, teacher, researcher, storyteller. Dr. Kathy Toogood is currently working as an Education Manager for Alberta Education. | @dr_kathy_t


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ivor Petrak Room

2:30pm

Holy Trinity High School's journey from great to excellent

Over the past decade, Holy Trinity Catholic High School has grown from a school with community concerns to a school of distinction. We have grown into a home, a community, a place where students want to and need to be.  Join us and share in our journey from great to excellence.


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Antonakis

Theresa Antonakis

Theresa Antonakis is the principal of Holy Trinity Catholic High School of ECS. Theresa is a tenured principal with a wide range of leadership experiences. She is a 2015 recipient of the Alberta Distinguished Leadership Award. 
avatar for Tony Martino

Tony Martino

Tony Martino is a long serving Assistant Principal of Holy Trinity. He is a leader in ensuring our diverse population has a successful high school career. Personal programing for students ensures that students graduate with success.  
avatar for Melissa De Stefanis-King

Melissa De Stefanis-King

Department Head of ESL, Holy Trinity High School


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Baron Shaughnessy

2:30pm

Leadership for Change

 Leadership in schools is often seen as a role taken up by administrators - which is one of the things that they do. However, in a connected world, leadership and it's role in schools is undergoing a change with different people doing the leading. In schools, it's no longer possible for any one person to do it all. Instead schools need to develop leadership in many people, including the students and parents, in order to create a positive school culture and meet the ever-changing needs of students. Who leads? How? When? These are some of the themes that will be explored during the session.


Speakers
avatar for Kelly Christopherson

Kelly Christopherson

Kelly Christopherson is currently a PhD student at the University of Regina. His research is focused on educators who connect.  His background includes 23 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator.Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kwhobbes - @kwhobbes


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Norquay Room

2:30pm

Redefining Success- 1200 Stories
Relationships form an essential foundation for a caring, vibrant and innovative school community. In order to best support our students' social, emotional, and academic growth, we must challenge ourselves to expand our definition of success to encompass a wider range of skills sets and abilities. Each student their own context, has a unique story, and it is our responsibility as educators to learn these stories. We must create an environment that supports and celebrates the diversity of all students.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Garr

Sarah Garr

Vice Principal, Richmond School District #38
"All that we are is story..." -- Richard Wagamese. Having overcome her own challenges in school, Sarah reminds us that each member of a school community has a story to share, a context that drives them and determines their unique path to success. As such, it is essential that we learn our students' stories, and be willing to share our own, in order to build relationships that help to connect, support and celebrate all learners. Ultimately... Read More →



Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sir Edward Beatty

2:30pm

Rethinking Professional Learning: A Systemic Action Research Model
Rethinking professional learning, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has developed an action research model that has significantly shifted resources and processes. This co-constructed professional learning model was developed by a broad-based committee as a result of collaborative exploration of research in the areas of literacy, job-embedded professional learning and the use of action research to improve learning outcomes for all. With a targeted focus of improving literacy outcomes from kindergarten to grade 3, division support was scheduled within schools supporting teachers in their classrooms collaboratively reflecting on student data, providing instruction and reflecting on their impact on student learning. Teachers are engaged throughout the year outside of the classroom in order to collaborate with teachers and explore student literacy learning along a continuum. School administrators are also engaging in action research throughout the year focused on providing literacy leadership and reflecting on their impact on teacher learning using targeted questions and feedback. Please join us for an overview of our experience in developing and deepening our culture of learning.

 

Speakers
avatar for Terri Fradette

Terri Fradette

Terri Fradette is an Assistant Superintendent of Education with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in Saskatoon.  Her background includes teacher, literacy coach, vice-principal, principal and coordinator.  Terri is passionate about teaching and learning.  Currently, she is working with division teams to make professional learning meaningful, authentic and lead to improved student outcomes.
avatar for Kent Gauthier

Kent Gauthier

Kent Gauthier has been a teacher and administrator with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division since 1993.  Kent has been an administrator for twelve of years, serving a variety of families and students in Saskatoon.  He has recently been working with the GSCS Learning Leader team to help fellow administrators plan and execute action research in their schools.
avatar for Joanne Weninger

Joanne Weninger

Joanne Weninger serves as a Superintendent of Education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic School and has been a teacher and in-school administrator with the division for the past 27 years.
avatar for Lauren Willey

Lauren Willey

Lauren Willey is a Literacy Support Teacher for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. In her role, Lauren supports classroom teachers through a job embedded professional learning model. Her background includes classroom teacher, teacher librarian, and gifted education teacher. 


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
New Brunswick Room

2:30pm

The Importance of Visual Spatial Skills: Transforming a Nation Through STEM Education
In the 21st Century, education is tasked with creating innovative and creative thinkers who have the skills, tools, mindsets and tenacity required to solve the problems of tomorrow. Recent neuroscience tells us that early visual spatial skills are the greatest predictor of over-all academic success - more so than early reading skills, socio-economic factors, or any other factors Thus, creating a nation of students with strong visual spatial skills is critical for today as well as for tomorrow. Hands-on STEM education provides us with opportunities to engage students in high level visual spatial training while equipping them with the STEM skills they need to become the innovative and creative problem solvers of tomorrow. 


Speakers
avatar for Gina Cherkowski

Gina Cherkowski

Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Founder and Director of Learning Contact: gina@stemlearninglab.com Dr. Gina Cherkowski is a Co-founder of STEM Learning Lab (SLL) and is the Director of Learning. Dr. Cherkowski holds a PhD in Mathematics Education as well as in Culture Studies in Education. She has extensive experience in teaching and learning as a remediation specialist, a classroom teacher, and as a university professor for both undergraduate and... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Alberta Room

2:30pm

A Roadmap for Leading Agile Change in your School

Join Simon Breakspear as he leads a ‘learn-by-doing’ practical session to enable you to have a greater impact on teaching and learning in your unique context. You will be guided through a structured process to reflect on your own improvement efforts and create a ‘roadmap’ for agile action over the coming 6-months. You will clarify your vision for learning, simplify your strategy and accelerate your impact. 


Speakers
avatar for Avnita Bir

Avnita Bir

Director-Principal, R N Podar School
Mrs. Avnita Bir, Principal, R.N.Podar School, Mumbai (since March 2003) is a recipient of the very prestigious National Award for Teachers 2009, having been conferred the award by the Honorable President of India. She is a post graduate in Economics from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College and has got a degree in education from Central Institute of Education, Delhi. She has also qualified the UGC... Read More →
avatar for Simon Breakspear

Simon Breakspear

LearnLabs
THOUGHT LEADER. SPEAKER. WRITER.Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of Agile SchoolsTM and LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon... Read More →
avatar for Dave Dempsey

Dave Dempsey

Associate Superintendent, Evergreen Catholic School Division
Dave Dempsey is the ​Associate Superintendent - Learning for the Evergreen Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada.  Dave Dempsey has served in the field of education for 29 years, Dave has seen a great deal of change but none as dramatic as the change that has occurred over the last 5. In his role of Associate Superintendent – Learning, Dave strongly believes that it is the teacher who has the greatest impact on learning and... Read More →
avatar for Jann Robinson

Jann Robinson

Principal, St Luke\'s Grammar School
MRS JANN ROBINSON |   | MEd (Lead), BA, Dip Ed, TC, MACE, MACEL |   | Mrs Jann Robinson was appointed as Principal of St Luke’s Grammar in 2005.  Previously she had held leadership roles in Student Welfare and Curriculum. |   | Mrs Robinson is committed to continual staff professional learning and staff development, believing that teachers are vital in promoting success for student outcomes. |   | Under Mrs Robinson’s... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Alhambra Room

2:30pm

Tomorrow's School Today: Multimodal Innovation

How can you engage and inspire a learning community using Instructional Coaching, Cross-Division Cohorts, School-Wide Learning Challenges and Targeted Technologies? Find out how the Learning Team at St. Elizabeth Seton is using a wide variety of strategies, practices and implementation tools to enhance the learning journey for the school community.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Caroline El Cid

Caroline El Cid

English Language Learner Coach & Technology Coach, Edmonton Catholic School District
avatar for Jeff Fillion

Jeff Fillion

Principal, ECSD
Jeff Fillion is the Principal of St. Elizabeth Seton School (K-9) with Edmonton Catholic Schools, He was a member of the original 2Learn Lead Teacher Group, he has always had a passion for innovation and infusing technology with good teaching and learning. Jeff encourages staff and students to explore and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways with many different tools.
avatar for Mike Myrick

Mike Myrick

Mike Myrick is a teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Edmonton


Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Theatre

3:30pm

Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
This is a transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Monday April 25, 2016 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Transition

3:45pm

Creating Professional Development that Works
This session presents a solution to the problem of designing effective professional development for in-service teachers. The presentation will illustrate a practical application of research-based theories in the topical areas of professional development, instructional design, and educational change. Each attendee will leave with an outline of the multi-step design process and a deeper understanding its theoretical framework.


Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ray

Andrea Ray

Liberty University
Andrea Ray is an assistant professor at Liberty University. She is a visionary in professional development design and on a mission to transform the processes used to create learning experiences for teachers. Educational and life experiences have merged and created a path from which she issues a call for action to all who are interested in designing effective PD. For the past six years she has researched, refined, and revised key elements of the... Read More →



Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ivor Petrak Room

3:45pm

Embracing Your Leadership Narrative
Each one of us has a story; and it shapes our leadership practice whether we know it or not! Your lived experiences as a learner, teacher and leader shape your values, priorities and leadership practice; and it is critical to take time to reflect on your experiences—good and bad—so that you can mine them for the impact they have had on you. Leading schools is complex work; and it requires us to deeply understand ourselves in order to engage in collaborative, creative work in service of student learning. Living and reliving, telling and re-telling our stories is a powerful way to connect to our identity and values, to give voice to those who are vulnerable, to bring our intellectual and emotional sides together, and to help us connect with one another as leaders at a human level. This session will explore the research on the power of narrative to help you develop as an ethical leader and strengthen relationships. It will also provide practical strategies for digging into your own narrative individually and within a community.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Toogood

Kathy Toogood

Learner, leader, strategic thinker, teacher, researcher, storyteller. Dr. Kathy Toogood is currently working as an Education Manager for Alberta Education. | @dr_kathy_t


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Alberta Room

3:45pm

Leading Integrated Curriculum for Elementary Students
École/Escuela Grandin School of Edmonton Catholic Schools is 100V-6 school which has both French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual Programs.  Part of the school team includes Jessica Kornder (Spanish Grade 1), Brittany Ellis (French Grade 2), Teresa Custodio (French Grade 4), and Gloria Antipán (Learning Coach).  This team strives to provide quality planning and instruction in language programs through a cross curricular approach.


Speakers
GA

Gloria Antipán

Gloria Antipán is the learning coach at École/Escuela Grandin School 100 Voices - 6 with Edmonton Catholic Schools. The team from École/Escuela Grandin School includes Jessica Kornder (Spanish Grade 1), Brittany Ellis (French Grade 2), Teresa Custodio (French Grade 4). This team strives to provide quality planning and instruction in language programs through a cross curricular approach.


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
D.C. Coleman

3:45pm

Non-negotiable Elements of World Class Learning
Hear the story of Riverside Christian College, a rural school situated in an area that experiences Queensland Australia's second highest level of disadvantage. Stuart is 'super proud' of what has been achieved at Riverside by making learning transparent. Students from 5yo to 18yo know where they are going (Learning Goals, Success Criteria, Exemplars), how they are going (constant checks for understanding) and where to next (goal setting, masterclasses). Staff are able to implement the Ontario SEF 1 reform process because of their commitment to PLCs and Learning Walks. Academic gains over the past two years run counter to Riverside's low SES. Riverside Christian College is a day school and distance education provider for over 1100 students.

 

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Taylor

Stuart Taylor

Assistant Principal, Riverside Christian College
Stuart has led schools in NSW, NT and QLD. His schools have included green field, pioneering Trade Training Centre, remote indigenous boarding, distance education provider, primary only and K/T/P-12. He knows nothing except the demands of independent schooling and is always up for the challenge. Nothing excites him more that seeing next generation learning unfold at his school. Throughout all this his abiding mantra has been- 'in the end the kids... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
New Brunswick Room

3:45pm

Walking the Thin Line Between Risk and Reward
Adventure, Action Sports, and Athletics take a certain kind of person… someone who’s willing to push his or her personal boundaries to the limit, in search of the next rush or feeling of gratification. The risk must be worth the reward otherwise why would anyone ever participate? Mike Shaw shares his perspective on risk and reward and how it relates to you, your life and your work place. You will walk away with a new perspective and new meaning behind the question: Is the risk worth the reward? 
 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Director of Education and Athletics, SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Ltd.
Mike Shaw is a UBC graduate with a degree in business administration and a background in athletics, freestyle skiing and high-performance coaching. He joined SafeStart in 2014 after recovering from a traumatic skiing accident in which he dislocated his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. | | Mike's unique story of triumph embodies human resilience in its purest form and it fuels his passion to help people improve their safety and... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Frontenac

3:45pm

A Great School for All - How do we get there? Where is there?
 Much of our current educational discourse is preoccupied with important operational issues: how do we organize our school system, who should run it, why do we emphasise testing and accountability? How do we teach and how do we weave ICT into our modern education? We are preoccupied with how do get to our destination. But, we often seem to neglect perhaps that we need a deeper vision that we want our students to carry with them as they encounter serious ethical issues related to sustainability, genetics and artificial intelligences and democratic living. Using the theory of change based on the three principles of thinking ahead, reaching across and delivering within - we will provide examples of schools might overcome the inertia all too often encountered by efforts to bring about system-wide change. 



Speakers
avatar for Jón Torfi Jónasson

Jón Torfi Jónasson

Professor, University of Iceland
Jón Torfi Jónasson, PhD. is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the School of Education of the  University of Iceland. He is the former Dean of the School Education and a prolific writer on all aspects of teacher professional development and growth.
avatar for P. Jean Stiles

P. Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles is the current principal at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Canada and a consultant with Targeted Leadership. | Ms. Stiles has been an educator for 30 years and has taught and been a principal at the Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School levels. Jean was named one of "Canada's Most Outstanding Principals" in 2007 and was the recipient of the Learning Partnership's National Award. She was inducted into Canada's National... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Alhambra Room

3:45pm

Leading The New Followers
 
 

Our digital world is filled and re-filled continuously with ideas around what effective leaders should do, should never do, or should be. Whatever leadership style, philosophy or approach you aspire to, the one non-negotiable requirement is that in order to be a leader, you must generate followers. The characteristics of todays followers are shifting significantly, are your leadership skills ready? The Boomers are moving on to re-invent whatever form of retirement that they see fit. The organizational structures that they are leaving behind are very similar to the ones that they worked in for years. However, the followers who will be residing within those structures are different in almost every way. Can you lead them?



Speakers
avatar for Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald

Principal, Calgary Board of Education
Mike MacDonald is a principal with the Calgary Board of Education. Mike also shares his Leadership and Learning ideas from 17 years as a principal through his blog, "The Leading Post".


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Baron Shaughnessy

3:45pm

The Maker Movement: Where do we begin?

The best way of getting started with the Maker Movement is to dive right in and model how we want our students to learn, think creatively, design and build to solve real-world problems. If you're interested in project based learning, design thinking, maker labs, and using instructables to scaffold learning, come brainstorm different ways of transforming your learning environments, curriculums, schedules, budgets and partnerships to make it happen!



Speakers
avatar for Lise Galuga

Lise Galuga

Technopédagogue, galuga.ca
As a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a technopedagogue in support of provincial digital schools initiatives, I demonstrate how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. An engineer by training, but a teacher by nature, I offer professional development sessions across North America and beyond on the pedagogical integration of new... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Theatre

3:45pm

Living the Principal Competencies: Stories from the Field
In this session we will explore the ways in which ten highly effective school principals met the competencies inherent in the Professional Practice Competencies for School Leaders in Alberta. Their stories will be addressed so as to highlight ways in which any school leader can meet the competencies mandate. A recently published book on the Alberta competencies will be available for purchase.

 

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Mombourquette

Carmen Mombourquette

Dr. Carmen Mombourquette is an Associate Professor of Education specializing in Educational Leadership at the University of Lethbridge. He is also an author. For many years he was an elementary, junior high school, and high school principal both in Alberta and Ontario. Carmen has been a long time member of the Alberta Leadership Framework Committee and played a key role in the development of the competencies inherent in the "Professional... Read More →


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Norquay Room

3:45pm

School Leadership Practices in Alberta: Results from OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)
 

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is an international, large-scale survey that focuses on the working conditions of teachers and the learning environment in schools across the world. TALIS aims to provide timely, comparable and useful information to help countries review and develop policies in support of a high-quality teaching. Alberta is the sole Canadian jurisdiction to participate in TALIS 2013 along with 33 countries/economies. The session will highlight key findings for Alberta in the following areas: Who are our school principals? What formal training/preparation and support do they have? What kinds of professional development opportunities do they have? What is the nature of their work and what do they focus more attention on? What factors impact their work and their level of satisfaction? How do leadership practices in Alberta compare with other top performing countries that participated in TALIS? This will be an interactive session with opportunities for participants to react to the findings and discuss the implications for their own work.


 
 

Speakers
avatar for Alfred Sakyi

Alfred Sakyi

Alfred Sakyi is the Senior Manager for Corporate Research at Alberta Education.  Alfred has worked for the past 18 years in different program areas within the Ministry of Education including student assessment, school improvement, workforce planning, and policy research.  He is also a trained psychometrician and a resident expert in analyzing large scale international studies.


Monday April 25, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Sir Edward Beatty

5:00pm

Conference Centre Bus to Rimrock Hotel
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Conference Centre (Banff Springs) for the Rimrock Hotel at the following times on Monday:  5:00 pm, 5:20 pm, and 5:40 pm

Monday April 25, 2016 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Banff Springs Hotel
 
Tuesday, April 26
 

6:45am

Rimrock Hotel Bus to Conference Center
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Rimrock Hotel for the conference centre at the Banff Springs Hotel at the following times on Tuesday: 6:45 am, 7:10 am, and 7:30 am   These will arrive in time for you to enjoy breakfast at the Banff Springs Hotel

Tuesday April 26, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Rimrock Hotel

7:00am

Breakfast
Continental Breakfast is served on Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18.

(*NOTE: You must be wearing your conference lanyard and nametag in order to participate)

Tuesday April 26, 2016 7:00am - 8:45am
Mezzanine 2

8:00am

Council for School Leadership Annual General Meeting
This is the Annual General Meeting of the Council for School Leadership of the Alberta Teachers' Association

Tuesday April 26, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Theatre

9:00am

Tuesday AM - Leadership Panel Discussion - Perspectives on Leadership
This panel discussion features perspectives on school leadership and education in general from 2 Ministers of Education - both national and provincial as well as the views of Pasi Sahlberg and Carol Campbell, both internationally recognized experts in education systems and educational reform.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Simon Breakspear, who is himself a global figure in the area of leadership for students in our age.

Moderators
avatar for Simon Breakspear

Simon Breakspear

LearnLabs
THOUGHT LEADER. SPEAKER. WRITER.Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of Agile SchoolsTM and LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.Simon... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop capacity for educational improvement. Carol’s career has spanned academic, education and government roles in Canada, USA and UK with a track record of contributing to improved educational strategies, practices and outcomes. Currently, Carol is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute... Read More →
avatar for David Eggen, Honourable

David Eggen, Honourable

David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism on May 24, 2015. In addition to being a member of Cabinet, Mr. Eggen currently serves on the Economic Policy Committee and Social Policy Committee.   Mr. Eggen was elected to his third term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on May 5, 2015. He previously served as the critic for energy, education, environment and... Read More →
avatar for The Hon. Adrian Piccoli

The Hon. Adrian Piccoli

The Hon. Adrian Piccoli is the Minister for Education of New South Wales in Australia. As Minister for Education - the first country MP to hold that position in 35 years - Adrian has built a reputation as a pragmatist with a keen focus on improving outcomes for regional students.  @PiccoliMp
avatar for Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Van Horne Ballroom

10:30am

Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
This is a coffee break and transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Tuesday April 26, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Transition

11:00am

Building Relational Competence - raising the relational temperature of your school community

Schools are complex organisations which impact the lives of many. The 'relational temperature' of the school has a significant impact on its effectiveness as a centre of the community. This presentation examines how school leaders can build a culture rooted in values which keeps the focus on building positive relationships across all areas of school life.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Arthur Preston

Arthur Preston

Principal, Elkanah House
Arthur is the principal of Elkanah House Senior Primary School in Sunningdale, Cape Town. He is passionate about effective 21st century education and has a progressive approach to primary education. | | In March 2012 Arthur founded the first Twitter-chat specifically aimed at South African teachers. #edchatsa has now developing into a growing community and is becoming a significant online voice for South African teachers. He also co-founded... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Champlain Room

11:00am

Change and Challenges Over 28 Years of High School Principalship
Learn how a school leader challenged, inspired, and motivated employees to seek innovation and high standards to ultimately build a school culture underpinned by academic rigor.

 

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Howlett

Patrick Howlett

Principal, Parramatta Marist High School
For the past 28 years, Patrick Howlett has been principal at three Australian Catholic High Schools and is currently Principal of Parramatta Marist High in Sydney where he introduced project-based learning (PBL). | | He has been recognised nationally and internationally for his achievements with this 21st century method of learning and teaching. | | Patrick has presented at conferences including: | 2015 - Republic Polytechnic PBL... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
New Brunswick Room

11:00am

New Narratives for A Great School for All

 “How can school leaders help to build new narratives of school success and rich accountabilities based on the principle of excellence through equity?”

The invited panel members will invite a conversation based on:

  • the deliberations of the international expert panel that met at the Twin Peaks summit
  • the presentations and conversations at uLead thus far
  • the wisdom in the room
You too can contribute a voice to uLead. Join an amazing group of leaders in education for this important discusion in the Alhambra Room for a conversation on what matters in education!

 “How can school leaders help to build new narratives of school success and rich accountabilities based on the principle of excellence through equity?”

The invited panel members will invite a conversation based on:

  • the deliberations of the international expert panel that met at the Twin Peaks summit
  • the presentations and conversations at uLead thus far
  • the wisdom in the room


Speakers
avatar for Sam Abrams

Sam Abrams

Sam Abrams is the director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016).
avatar for Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop capacity for educational improvement. Carol’s career has spanned academic, education and government roles in Canada, USA and UK with a track record of contributing to improved educational strategies, practices and outcomes. Currently, Carol is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute... Read More →
avatar for Mark Ramsankar

Mark Ramsankar

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
H. Mark Ramsankar was elected president in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 following two terms of service as vice-president. Immediately prior to his election as vice-president, he served as president of Edmonton Public Teachers Local for four years. Since 1986, he has served the teachers of Edmonton in various capacities through the local executive and other committees, where his focus has been on the development of meaningful relationships... Read More →
avatar for Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in... Read More →
avatar for Sam Sellar

Sam Sellar

Sam Sellar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Sam is currently working on research projects investigating national and global education policy, new accountabilities in schooling and the aspirations of young people in high-poverty regions. Sam is an associate editor of Critical... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alhambra Room

11:00am

Standards for Teachers and School Leaders
Engage in a sharing and discussion about the evolution of the Alberta School Leader Standard and the Teacher Quality Standard and discover how it can be a powerful tool for your growth as a school leader in your school.
 

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff, Alberta Teachers' Association
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 Technology Leaders in Education.  Jeff is an education innovator and a dynamic speaker.  He is also an executive staff officer with the Alberta... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Amiot

David Amiot

Senior Manager, Alberta Education
David Amiot is a Senior Manager in the Teaching Excellence and Certification Branch with Alberta Education. He is the Provincial Lead for revising the Teaching Quality Standard Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education in Alberta and is also involved in the important work of developing a new School Leader Standard (SLS) and a School Authority Leader Standard (SALS) for superintendents. David’s prior responsibilities include being the... Read More →
avatar for James Trodden

James Trodden

James Trodden is the Senior Manager of the Leadership Excellence Branch of Alberta Education.
avatar for Dr. Mark Yurick

Dr. Mark Yurick

Coordinator, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Yurick's portfolio within the Association includes work in teacher education and certification, teacher professional growth, school leadership, and the role of the profession in Practice Review. Prior to joining the Alberta Teachers’ Association as a staff officer in professional development in the summer of 2007, Mark was a principal with Edmonton Public Schools. His career with that district spanned over twenty years, as a classroom... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
D.C. Coleman

11:00am

Walking the Thin Line Between Risk and Reward
Adventure, Action Sports, and Athletics take a certain kind of person… someone who’s willing to push his or her personal boundaries to the limit, in search of the next rush or feeling of gratification. The risk must be worth the reward otherwise why would anyone ever participate? Mike Shaw shares his perspective on risk and reward and how it relates to you, your life and your work place. You will walk away with a new perspective and new meaning behind the question: Is the risk worth the reward? 
 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Director of Education and Athletics, SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Ltd.
Mike Shaw is a UBC graduate with a degree in business administration and a background in athletics, freestyle skiing and high-performance coaching. He joined SafeStart in 2014 after recovering from a traumatic skiing accident in which he dislocated his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. | | Mike's unique story of triumph embodies human resilience in its purest form and it fuels his passion to help people improve their safety and... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Frontenac

11:00am

“Building a Great School for Every Kid” – A Common Vision for Student Centered Learning.

Saskatoon’s Schools have experienced tremendous growth and increased diversity in the past few years.  Despite this growth and a challenging fiscal environment we have been able to maintain a high level of achievement in our publicly funded school systems.  What makes Saskatoon unique is the strong student centered partnership that has been built between the Saskatoon Public School Division, the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division, and the Teachers of Saskatoon.  This partnership is the product of a continuing positive and respectful dialogue between the school boards, their respective divisions, and their teachers.  While each of us works within our own domain we have developed a shared perspective and vision for student centered learning in Saskatoon based on a culture of collaboration, professionalism, and school improvement.  



Speakers
avatar for Diane Boyko

Diane Boyko

Diane Boyko is a strong advocate of Catholic education within the educational landscape of Saskatchewan.  She was elected to the Board of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in 2003 and has served in the capacity of Chair for the past 8 years. GSCS educates nearly 17, 000 students in 44 schools and employs 2000 teachers and support staff.  Diane works diligently building partnerships with numerous agencies, service and community... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Mamer

Vincent Mamer

Vincent Mamer is the President of the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association and has worked for the Saskatoon Public School Division for the past 10 years, teaching at the secondary level in a number of different subject areas.  Vincent has an interest in new teacher induction and educational leadership and has completed a B.A. with a major in Native Studies, a B.Ed. in Middle Years Education, and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration all... Read More →
avatar for John McGettigan

John McGettigan

Teacher, Greater Saskatoon Schools
I've been a teacher for 24 years. Teaching in rural, urban, inner-city, and suburban schools - only interrupted by four years as President of the Saskatoon Teachers Association. | | Claim to fame....I was in a Finnish smoke sauna with Sahlberg, Breakspear, and Pak Tee Ng.
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Ray Morrison

Board Chair, Saskatoon Public Schools
Ray Morrison has dedicated several years of service to promoting and supporting public education in Saskatoon. He has served on the Board of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools since 2003 and has held the position of board chair since 2006. Saskatoon Public Schools encompasses more than 24,000 students at 58 schools. He also sits as a Board member of the Saskatchewan Public Schools foundation and READ Saskatoon. He is passionate about public... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Baron Shaughnessy

11:00am

Building the Adaptive School - Leadership, Learning and Innovation
Building the adaptive capacity of a school requires leadership, innovation, focus and evidence. Using a model of adaptive capacity and resilience, this presentation will introduce some key components of this work and provide case examples of what it takes to make it happen.

 

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Murgatroyd

Stephen Murgatroyd

Stephen Murgatroyd has been a teacher, policy advisor and presenter for over forty years.Author of over forty books, frequent radio and TV appearances, Stephen is an insightful, fun presenter. | | Twitter: @murgatroydsteph
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P. Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles is the current principal at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Canada and a consultant with Targeted Leadership. | Ms. Stiles has been an educator for 30 years and has taught and been a principal at the Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School levels. Jean was named one of "Canada's Most Outstanding Principals" in 2007 and was the recipient of the Learning Partnership's National Award. She was inducted into Canada's National... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alberta Room

11:00am

Challenging and Changing Meeting Structures

We’ve all been in a meeting that could have been handled through email. And we’ve all been part of an email chain that, due to its complexity and nuance, really should have been handled in a face-to-face meeting. We’ve all had the experience of getting lost in our work, of forgetting time and restraints, of reaching what might be called an optimal flow state – and then receiving a phone call or receiving a notification that calls us away from that work…to a meeting. Our leaders serve us best when they think about our time and our talents – how to save the former and give us the greatest opportunity to develop, exercise, and share the latter. Meetings often have the opposite effect; executed poorly, organized around the wrong set of tasks, or calling together the wrong group of colleagues at the wrong hours of the day, meetings can waste time, grind good people down, and reduce opportunities for people to share their talents. In this problem solver session, we’ll open by sharing some best practices and ideas around appropriate ‘blending’ of meeting structures. We’ll then jump into a activity that will challenge participants to rethink and redesign the structure of meetings that they are called to or call people to, in order to best serve our colleagues and their time and talents.

 


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Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M from Harvard... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theatre

11:00am

Designing Mobile Learning Experiences for Professional Development

Now that mobile devices have become a great tool for teaching and learning, we can think about delivering professional development on the go. With so many great resources in our neighborhoods and beyond, let's move away from sit and get PD to creating the engaging learning experiences in the world around us. In our one to one iPad schools we want to create the kind of learning for teachers that we want for our students. See an example of how String Theory Schools used an iTunes U course and iBook for Learning on the Go at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and how that fostered new learning experiences for students. 




Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
 Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2009 • Google Certified Teacher •District Lead iTunes U  | Christine is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology at String Theory Schools in Philadelphia. Her role is to work with faculty and staff supporting technology and pedagogical initiatives in the classroom. In the 1 to 1 iPad program she creates learning opportunities for content creation for all members of the faculty and... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sir Edward Beatty

11:00am

Joyful Learning and Empowering Education
 Anna-Mari Jaatinen will share the vision, pedagogical mission and ethos of the real 21st century school culture. Her presentation Joyful Learning & Empowering Education will focus on the pedagogical developments, phenomenon-based education and innovative learning environments at the Siltamäki Primary School. These elements are based on collaborative & co-creative learning and design-pedagogy. The education culture of Siltamäki school is based on The Creative Fire Model. The CFM aims at holistic child-centered education. The most important objectives are the learning community, values, shared leadership, creative curriculum and educational technology. During the years 2010 -2014 the whole Siltamäki school community has created and produced two phenomenon-based Magic Forest Musicals. Teachers use a lot of different kind of technologies that are integrated in the production of musicals and other learning projects of the school. During the presentation you will see dynamic videos: • coding with robots (EU Certificate to school) • Minecraft integrated to curriculum • Learning games • “Amazing Race” integrated to role pedagogy • technology integrated to collaborative melody composing • music videos with students • student union and 6th grade students coaching to an innovation competition • and much more…
 


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Anna-Mari Jaatinen

Prncipal Siltamäki Primary School - Finland  | | Anna-Mari Jaatinen will share the vision, pedagogical mission and ethos of the real 21st century school culture. Her presentation Joyful Learning & Empowering Education will focus on the leadership, learning community, creative curriculum, project and phenomenon-based education and innovative learning environments at the Siltamäki Primary School. These elements are based on... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivor Petrak Room

11:00am

Engaging Teachers in Inquiry Through Action Research
Can you influence the thinking and mindset of mid-career professional teachers through creating opportunities for engaging in inquiry and action research supported within the school? Based on observations of Finnish teacher education programs, educators in Denali Borough School District (in Alaska) have embarked on a model of professional learning to support teachers in the process of action research and critical reflection to answer this question. Analogous to pre-service Finnish teacher competencies, can in-service teachers be empowered as professionals who can utilize scientific skills and thinking to critically exam their own practice and to make reflective changes in regard to pedagogical decisions they encounter in their daily work, as well as, over the duration of their careers? Through weekly early-release time, a part-time professional learning support teacher versed in basic research methods and continuing education coursework, DBSD has created the opportunity for career teachers to develop a “mind-set” of reflection and evidence-based inquiry that has the potential to infuse throughout a teacher’s pedagogical knowing and practice—and all of this work is occurring simultaneously within the school day. This session will present educational leaders with a concrete vignette to consider and add to the narrative of learning ecosystems that are creative and innovative. Additionally, because this ‘portrait’ is contextually situated within the educational culture of the United States, this session will present issues resultant in implementing this system of ‘creative resistance’ for teacher empowerment in the midst of a counter-reality of competing priorities and educational policies of teacher accountability. The single greatest factor influencing a child’s learning, within the classroom setting and regardless of other factors, is the strength and expertise of her teacher. This professional learning model is designed to strengthen teachers’ expertise as autonomous professionals enabled to make pedagogical decisions for students with greater agency.


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Karen Martin

Karen works as an Instructional Support Coach for Denali Borough School District, in Alaska. She had the opportunity to live and research, in Finland, as the recipient of a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grant. In her current capacity, she has the opportunity to develop professional learning opportunities for herself and her colleagues integrating her learning about teacher education in Finland. Karen taught for nine years as an... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Norquay Room

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch is served on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in the Van Horne Ballroom.

(*NOTE: You must be wearing your conference lanyard and nametag in order to participate)

Tuesday April 26, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Van Horne Ballroom

1:00pm

Leading with Evidence for Educational Improvement

Dr. Carol Campbell will share a framework, which presents the central purpose of leadership and educational change as one that develops professional capacity to support improved student learning, engagement, opportunity, equity and achievement. This framework will draw on a variety of inspirations including existing school leadership frameworks, the synthesis of the data/evidence in Visible Learning (Hattie, 2008 and 2011), and participants' personal knowledge of educational improvement gained from experience in classrooms and schools.

In completing her discussion of context, Campbell will expand on this framework by adding the four components which contribute to effective leadership and educational change:

  1. Leadership and professional knowledge
  2. Knowledge of specific education practices and policies
  3. Change knowledge and capacity building
  4. Research evidence and knowledge mobilization to inform understanding and action

These ideas will be shared through five components to leading effectively with evidence for educational improvement. These five Ps are persuasion, precision, professionalism, partnerships and perseverance.



Speakers
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Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop capacity for educational improvement. Carol’s career has spanned academic, education and government roles in Canada, USA and UK with a track record of contributing to improved educational strategies, practices and outcomes. Currently, Carol is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Van Horne Ballroom

2:15pm

Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
This is a coffee break and transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:15pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

Deeper Learning School Plan
School Plan for Deeper Learning As an elementary school principal, I am in our 2nd year of our deeper learning plan roll out using The Planning Guide by Monica R. Martinez. I learnt about the Deeper Learning School Plan approach at the Deeper Learning Conference at High Tech High in San Diego California. Theory of Action: If a culture in which educators and students trust and respect one another and feel responsible for each other’s success as learners is established; and teachers function as professionals in a collaborative community, then teachers can design or adapt learning experiences that are meaningful to students which will lead students to regularly engage in acquiring and applying knowledge and skills through the deliberate practice of Deeper Learning outcomes. This will result in students leaving school with the knowledge of how, why, and when to apply content knowledge and a set of non-cognitive skills to answer questions and solve problems related to the challenges of life (knowledge transfer). 4 Components of the Theory of Action (Understand & Assess) 1. Establish a Strong School Culture 2. Teachers Function as Professionals in a Collaborative Community 3. Teachers Design Meaningful Learning Experiences 4. Deliberate Practice of Deeper Learning Skills To move us through this plan, we have been integrating the following areas of focus: • Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck • Leaders of their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment) – by Ron Berger • Student Goal Setting & Learning Targets • Project Tuning using Protocol


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Lisa Bartlett

Principal, Sea to Sky School District 48
Lisa Bartlett is currently a principal in Whistler, British Columbia, part of the Sea to Sky School District #48. She has been an elementary and secondary teacher, district coordinator and school administrator for 20 years. She has worked as a district coordinator of school improvement, professional development, education technology & of French Language programs. Lisa learned about the Deeper Learning approach through Monica R. Martinez at... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Frugal Innovation in Education

"I want to be more innovative, but I don't have time!" Each year, it seems as though the position of school leader becomes more complex. Whether it is being a leader in the classroom, school, or district, the challenge of creating dynamic and relevant learning environments that engage our students, teachers, administrators, and school communities grows continuously with the unending changes that are taking place in the world outside of our schools each day. However, as an influx of new funding to education is unlikely, and there are only 24 hours in the day, how is it possible for us to find the time and money to be innovative? The concept of ‘frugal innovation’ encourages leaders to ‘think inside of the box’: to acknowledge and embrace the obstacles that cause us to lose sight of the vision that we have for our students, schools and districts. By utilizing a frugally innovative approach to the expertise and resources that currently exist within our organizations and communities, we can exponentially grow our innovative capacity through the process of co-developing the learning experiences that we want for our student (and adult!) learners at every level. In this interactive presentation, participants will leave with tools to generate urgency, develop think tanks, design compelling questions, co-create interactive tasks, and catalyze an innovative culture that they can use to generate solutions to the issues that arise in their own learning situations. All while ‘thinking inside of the box’!



Speakers
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Cale Birk

District Principal of Innovation, School District #73 - Kamloops, BC
Cale Birk is the District Principal of Innovation for School District #73 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.  Along with his own district, Cale works with districts in Canada and the US on Learner-Centered Experience Design, Frugal Innovation, Instructional Rounds, Professional Learning Communities, and strategies for engaging administration.  


Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D.C. Coleman

2:30pm

Growth Mindsets, Positive Psychology and Great Teaching: A Strengths Based Approach to Building a Positive Culture and Quality Teaching.

The overall aim of the session is to discuss an intentional approach to building quality teaching by embedding the practices of Positive Psychology, a strengths-based approach that promotes flourishing. Positive educational outcomes are the core business of all schools. In Australia, a recent focus on articulating what constitutes quality teaching and the development of the AITSL standards for teachers and leaders has provided a clear and constructive framework for enhancing learning and teaching in schools. As learning and teaching are human endeavours, how these frameworks are implemented to ensure authentic and sustainable initiatives requires a major focus on building a positive culture and a clear articulation and alignment of expectations, priorities, goals and intentions that are context specific and individualised. Utilizing a Growth Mindset, collegial coaching and fostering reflective practices are two approaches which clearly position teachers towards achievement of their goals and aspirations. At St Andrews Lutheran College, Queensland we have adopted a strengths-based approach to teacher development that incorporates these strategies. The approach uses the positive psychology framework of PERMA (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) and an individualised goals-orientated focus. While our journey with Positive Psychology was initially driven by a desire to improve student wellbeing and learning outcomes, we have found that it has also improved our levels of staff engagement and wellbeing. This has led to enhanced learning and teaching practices in line with the AITSL standards and College’s strategic priorities. The format for this session will be highly interactive and will model an Appreciative Inquiry approach.



Speakers
avatar for Virginia Warner

Virginia Warner

Virginia Warner is the Deputy Principal – Head of Secondary School at St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast, Australia. She is a graduate of University of Western Australia (BPE/DipEd), Griffith University (MTM) and the Australian Catholic University (Dip in Ed. Leadership). At the masters and post-graduate level her studies were focused on authenticity and values in leadership, interpersonal relationships in management, educational... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Baron Shaughnessy

2:30pm

How Can A Small School Do So Much?
In spite of a designation as one of the highest per capita needs schools in our district, St. Jerome School staff and students consistently manage to come out on top. This session will share innovative methods and will highlight ways in which a truly inclusive vision of education is integrated into every day. Learn how we create a culture of learners, educators and leaders where everyone is valued and welcomed. Our vision and brought to life in a real school community that embraces 21 century learning, district initiates, cross curricular competencies and pedagogical shifts to ensure that students can participate fully with their peers and be successful.
 


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avatar for Jackie Flynn

Jackie Flynn

Jackie Flynn is the principal of St. Jerome Science Academy in Edmonton Catholic Schools. St. Jerome is an inclusive school community that welcomes all learners and was the proud recipient of the 2015 National Inclusive Education Award. We are a progressive school that has been named one of the Smartest Schools in the World.
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Corinne Peacher

Assistant Principal, St.Jerome School
Corinne Peacher is the assistant principal at St. Jerome School Science Academy with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She champions inclusivity and voice of all students, staff and families and works hard to ensure that everyone feels valued and welcomed and can experience success.  Twitter: @MrsPeacher


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

2:30pm

Supporting a Collaborative School Culture

We call it collaborative efficacy. Marzano referred to collective efficacy. Students call it, "Everyone on the same page." At Catholic Central High School, we strive to create and maintatin a culture where staff rely on each other for instructional advice, share cross-curricular ideas and recognize the value of shared leadership. Results from a School Social Network analysis indicate that we have a strong collaborative culture that benefits student learning. In this presentation, we will share some of the strategies the administrative team has put in place to achieve these positive results.


Speakers
avatar for Carol Koran

Carol Koran

Carol obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge and her Master’s of Education from the Unversity of Lethbridge. During her time with the Holy Spirit Division, she has been an English teacher, associate principal and is now Principal for Catholic Central High School. As an Instructor with the Alberta Teacher’s Association, Carol has written workshops on Brain-based Learning , Visual and Media... Read More →
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Joanne Polec

Associate Principal at Catholic Central High School, Holy Spirit Roman Catholic School Division
Joanne was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta but comes from a multicultural background (Polish and Japanese) and speaks four languages (English, Polish, French and Japanese). She has been at Catholic Central High School (which is the only dual campus school in Alberta, operates on the Copernican system and is known for its progressive approaches to High School Redesign) in Lethbridge, Alberta for over 20 years in multiple roles &ndash... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sir Edward Beatty

2:30pm

Transformational Learning... Your Learning!

This session will examine the idea of 'transformational learning,' focusing on the perspective of the adult as the learner. Our profession is full of both formal and informal professional development opportunities. The question that must be asked is; "Is there transformation in the way we practice our skills based on these learnings?” Learn about the characteristics of a 'transformational learner' and the entire school culture required for this kind of thinking to exist.



Speakers
avatar for Arief Ebrahim

Arief Ebrahim

Principal, Edmonton Public Schools
Arief is currently an Elementary School principal with experience as an Elementary and Junior High School teacher/administrator. Arief has instructed at both the University of Alberta and Concordia University Collage in the Faculty of Education. He obtained his M.Ed in the area of School Improvement and Leadership. He is about to receive his Graduate Diploma after completing his Ph.D course work with the Department of Educational Policy... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Transforming School Culture from the Ground Up - Using your people to turn a spark of inspiration into a flame
 

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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avatar for Kevin DeForge

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 →
avatar for Kirk Linton

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

2:30pm

Building the Adaptive School - Leadership, Learning and Innovation
Building the adaptive capacity of a school requires leadership, innovation, focus and evidence. Using a model of adaptive capacity and resilience, this presentation will introduce some key components of this work and provide case examples of what it takes to make it happen.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Murgatroyd

Stephen Murgatroyd

Stephen Murgatroyd has been a teacher, policy advisor and presenter for over forty years.Author of over forty books, frequent radio and TV appearances, Stephen is an insightful, fun presenter. | | Twitter: @murgatroydsteph
avatar for P. Jean Stiles

P. Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles is the current principal at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Canada and a consultant with Targeted Leadership. | Ms. Stiles has been an educator for 30 years and has taught and been a principal at the Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School levels. Jean was named one of "Canada's Most Outstanding Principals" in 2007 and was the recipient of the Learning Partnership's National Award. She was inducted into Canada's National... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Leading Collaboration: Breaking Down Barriers and Borders
The classroom is evolving and technology is allowing learning to happen in diverse ways. How can educational leaders create an environment that allows their educators to thrive and create new possibilities for the classroom. Learning doesn't have to happen by students in one room, from one area who are all the same age. How does collaborative learning by students from different grades engage, enhance and transform what is possible in the classroom allowing all students to master their curricular outcomes receive authentic feedback and love learning.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Sand

Jason Sand

Jason's passion for creating, combined with his love for technology, has allowed his students to collaborate and publish books that have ranked in the top 5 most downloaded books in their category. His background is in digital media, digital citizenship and effective use of technology in the classroom.@jasonsand
avatar for Robyn Torry

Robyn Torry

Robyn encourages her students to create, collaborate and share their learning with students from around the world. @RobynTorry


Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Theatre

2:30pm

Building Leadership Capacity and Best Practice in Data-Driven Decision Making: A Multi-District and University Partnership Model
 

School systems in many parts of the world face growing pressure to provide evidence of the effectiveness of programmatic, instructional, and policy decisions. Faced with limited resources (human, financial, and skill-based), this is a challenging task for educational leadership practice and the development of new leaders. This session presents the conception, roll out, and considerations of a multi-district partnership with a university and non-profit evaluation agency designed to provide real-time research and program evaluation services to local school districts, long-term research support, and build capacity for sustained research by the preparation of doctoral candidates working within these districts. Participants will contribute to conversations around the partnership model, sustainability, and applications in their own local context.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for John Watzke

John Watzke

Dean and Professor, University of Portland
John is Dean and Professor of the School of Education at the University of Portland and serves as CEO of the non-profit International Society for Language Studies. John’s work has focused on stage theory of teacher development, the spiritual dimension of teaching as a vocation, and teacher and leadership professional networks. His recent work has pioneered educational partnerships between school systems, universities, and non-profits.


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

2:30pm

Informed Instructional Support: Four Canadian Variations
This presentation illuminates the instructional leadership, supervision, and evaluation practices of four exemplary Canadian school principals in three Canadian provincial settings: Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Analysis of the data collected from interviews, observations, field notes, documents, artifacts, and reflective research journals yields insights into the ways in which these principals engage with teachers individually and in groups to build opportunities for enhanced student success A key emerging theme is power that the school leadership team’s ongoing, collaborative focus on supporting pedagogical improvement has on improved student learning, engagement, and well-being.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Brandon

Jim Brandon

Director of Professional Graduate Programs, Werklund School of Education
Jim Brandon is the Director of Graduate Professional Programs at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Dr. Brandon’s research, workshops and publications focus on instructional leadership, school and system improvement, educational assessment and quality teaching. Current teaching focuses on graduate leadership courses at the doctoral and master’s levels. Jim has worked extensively with several of the provincial... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Frontenac

3:30pm

Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
This is a transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Transition

3:45pm

Are Protective Factors Taught or Caught? Principles of Integrative Youth Development and Resilience

Over the past 10 years, we as youth workers and educators have been striving to: 1) be strength-based in our approach to children and youth, 2) focus on increasing the resilience of children and youth, and 3) use the language of protective factors as a common-sense means to measure improvement and motivate all to share in the responsibility for raising youth. In this workshop we review the research that supports the framework, the political and social ramifications of the work, and provide new insights into how resilience can be taught and how it can be caught. You will learn: The psychological background to resiliency The history of the resiliency research To consider several questions which relate to the field of Integrative Youth Development™ and resilience.



Speakers
avatar for Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson

Youth Advocate, Brightways Learning
Derek is the founder of Integrative Youth Development (IYD.) IYD teaches a measurable, meaningful, and memorable method to youth, family members, teachers, administrators, youth program professionals, faith leaders that essentially guarantees the health and well-being of all children and youth. Derek is a youth-serving professional who easily shifts from leading student retreats one day, to working alongside local, state, and national elected... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
New Brunswick Room

3:45pm

Leading and Loving it

In this session Ms. Appelt will share various thoughts on leadership and how to build highly effective professional teams. The premise of the presentation is that a leader is only leading if team members feel inspired, valued and motivated. So how does one accomplish this daunting task? During this talk strategies will be shared as to how to align with the positive motivational values of various team members. There will be time devoted to discuss common pitfalls in leadership and the unattractive outcomes of their use. This session will primarily be delivered through narratives of Ms. Appelt's experience as the Principal of a new Spanish Bilingual School in Calgary, however the content is easily applicable to a variety of settings.



Speakers
avatar for Liana Appelt

Liana Appelt

Principal, Calgary Board of Education
Liana Appelt is a community volunteer, School Principal and PhD Candidate at the University of Calgary. In 2014, she received a Teaching Excellence Award for her work as a sessional instructor at U of C and is alumni of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 under 40. 
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Denise Still

Manager, Learning, Calgary Board of Education
As a leadership coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer, Denise has been contributing to the success of organizations for over 30 years.  She is renowned for skilfully creating conditions of safety allowing people to engage in conversations and create relationships that are real, authentic and make a difference. Besides being an internal coach for the Calgary Board of Education and the Manager of Organization Development, Denise has worked in... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Baron Shaughnessy

3:45pm

Reaching every teacher; Reaching every student. Leading and developing effective teachers to meet all student needs.
This presentation focuses upon how to support teachers to effectively engage with all students, ensuring attainable success for all students school-wide. Many students with Learning Disabilities are often overlooked, misunderstood and lacking in the required supports and resources. Collaborative working models, effective teacher development, counselling supports, parental involvement, administration's role, and assistive technology cooperatives are discussed as some of the strategies and programs to support this leadership. This presentation helps leaders to support all teachers find new ways to connect with the complex students, and to ensure that success is equitable for all students throughout the school and the district.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Executive Director, Foothills Academy
Simon Williams graduated from the Post Graduate Education program at Cambridge University and subsequently taught in the UK, USA, Australia, and Canada over the following 16 years.  He is currently Executive Director at Foothills Academy in Calgary, Alberta; an Independent Special Education School for individuals with Learning Disabilities from grades 3 to 12.  As well as leading the overall school program of Foothills Academy Society, Simon is... Read More →



Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Frontenac

3:45pm

Systematic Change to Support Innovative Practice

Student Success is at the heart of all we do in education.  Looking carefully at how all decisions in education align with student outcomes is pivotal in ensuring that school division support student learning above all else.  Using Simon Breakspear’s model of Agile Schools, John Hattie’s research on effective practice and Reeves Leadership for Learning Framework, school divisions can move ahead to being more strategic in implementation of innovative practice. 

 

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Dempsey

Dave Dempsey

Associate Superintendent, Evergreen Catholic School Division
Dave Dempsey is the ​Associate Superintendent - Learning for the Evergreen Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada.  Dave Dempsey has served in the field of education for 29 years, Dave has seen a great deal of change but none as dramatic as the change that has occurred over the last 5. In his role of Associate Superintendent – Learning, Dave strongly believes that it is the teacher who has the greatest impact on learning and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Paonessa

Mike Paonessa

Mike Paonessa - Mike has been a teacher, school and division office administrator for over 30 years. He also spent two years working with Alberta Education and the past 4 year as the Deputy Superintendent for Evergreen Catholic Schools. He has an interest in leadership and the impact which it has on teaching and learning. His work in the area of leadership has been focused on what we know about shifting mindsets and successful leadership... Read More →
avatar for Cindi Vaselenak

Cindi Vaselenak

Dr. Cindi Vaselenak - Dr. Cindi Vaselenak is currently Superintendent of Evergreen Catholic Schools in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She has been employed in the teaching profession for 29 years in three Alberta school divisions as teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent and superintendent. Cindi has a Bachelor of Education degree (ULethbridge), a Masters of Science (UOregon), and Doctorate of Education... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
D.C. Coleman

3:45pm

Walking the Thin Line Between Risk and Reward
 Adventure, Action Sports, and Athletics take a certain kind of person… someone who’s willing to push his or her personal boundaries to the limit, in search of the next rush or feeling of gratification. The risk must be worth the reward otherwise why would anyone ever participate? Mike Shaw shares his perspective on risk and reward and how it relates to you, your life and your work place. You will walk away with a new perspective and new meaning behind the question: Is the risk worth the reward?

Speakers
avatar for Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Director of Education and Athletics, SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Ltd.
Mike Shaw is a UBC graduate with a degree in business administration and a background in athletics, freestyle skiing and high-performance coaching. He joined SafeStart in 2014 after recovering from a traumatic skiing accident in which he dislocated his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. | | Mike's unique story of triumph embodies human resilience in its purest form and it fuels his passion to help people improve their safety and... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Champlain Room

3:45pm

We Live By Stories: Building Your Catholic Identity Through Narrative
Catholic educational leaders have the primary responsibility of creating Catholic identity for their school. This session will explore how stories of experience help Catholic educational leaders to for their identity and articulate their faith within their educational communities. Used with intent, storytelling, becomes a powerful means that enables leader to reflect, express, and strengthen Catholic identity.


Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Kowalczyk

Eugenia Kowalczyk

Eugenia Kowalczyk Principal, Edmonton Catholic School District Ph.D. Candidate, University of Victoria As a Catholic educator of 28 years, Eugenia has extensive experience in leadership, curriculum, and school culture.  As a devout Catholic educator and parishioner, Eugenia’s doctoral research question focuses on Catholic Educational Leadership and how Catholic identity is forged, articulated, and witnessed in 21st Century... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ivor Petrak Room

3:45pm

Restoring the Public in Public Education
After more than three decades of education policies that too often undermine teaching and learning, it’s time for education leaders to stand up and be counted. Alberta school leaders, like educators elsewhere, have endured and resisted misguided reforms that emphasize regulations over relationships, evaluation over education, and assessment and accountability over the artistry of teaching and school leadership. This session explores school leaders’ roles as citizens and enablers and agents of change. What can we do individually and collectively? Why should we act? What kind of citizens should we be?

Joel Westheimer is education columnist for CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and Ontario Today shows and University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. He began his career teaching in the New York City Public School system before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His newest (2015) critically acclaimed book is What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good. Other multiple award-winning books include Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America's Schools (foreword by Howard Zinn) and Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy and Ideology in Teachers’ Work. Westheimer lectures widely and has delivered more than 200 keynote speeches. He is the author of more than 75 academic and professional journal articles, book chapters, and books. He addresses radio and television audiences nationally and internationally. He is co-founder and principal investigator for The Inequality Project, investigating what schools in North America are teaching students about economic inequality.



Speakers
avatar for Joel Westheimer

Joel Westheimer

Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning and Ontario Today shows. He began his career teaching in the New York City Public School system before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His newest (2015) critically acclaimed book is What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good. Other award-winning books... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Alhambra Room

3:45pm

Beyond four walls: BlendED Learning 101
Teachers are using technology to build relationships, discover their students’ learning needs, and then breaking down the constraints of a thirty-seven minute, four-walls-and-a-door, 9:48am class to meet those needs. What can blended learning mean for every classroom? How can we reduce the barriers created by time and space in order to apply effective pedagogical practices that meet the needs of a wide range of learner? Blended learning can only succeed in an environment where solid relationships between teachers and students is supported. Join two lead system administrators to learn about local and provincial approaches to Blended Learning.


Speakers
avatar for Jen Deyenberg

Jen Deyenberg

Director of Instruction, Wild Rose School Division
I’m Jen Deyenberg, an educator. I have taught in classrooms in Alberta and Scotland and worked as a district administrator in education technology and learning services. I am the Director of Learning for Wild Rose School Division in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. @jdeyenberg
avatar for Terri Reid

Terri Reid

Learning Services Coordinator, Black Gold Regional Division No. 18
Terri Reid ​​is the Learning Services Coordinator with Black Gold and is also the Vice-Chair of the Canadian eLearning Network's Board of Directors (http://canelearn.net). Terri is a creative visionary leader who motivates people to turn big ideas into reality. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, online and blended learning.​ @ter_reid​


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Norquay Room

3:45pm

Mobility in Education: Mobilising & Transforming Teacher Education Pedagogies
The widespread adoption and deployment of Mobile Technologies in second-level schools in Ireland, as in many other countries over the past three years shows no sign of abating. Indeed, it could be argued that it is one of the most significant changes in educational practice in schools in recent years.  Mobile Technology has the potential to significantly change practice in classrooms by reshaping how, when and where learning takes place. Initial teacher education can play a central role in the integration of this technology within teaching and learning in the classroom. The Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (Professional Masters in Education), is a two year, Irish medium, second level, initial teacher education programme in Ireland. Use of an iPad is a course requirement for all student teachers accepting a place on the programme, making it the first initial teacher education programme in Ireland to adopt iPad 1:1. Mobility and the use of iPad to facilitate active teaching methodologies is embedded across all modules of the programme.  During the course of the programme student teachers learn a variety of strategies on how to use iPad in their teaching and a significant emphasis is placed on digital multimedia content creation.This presentation will outline the affordances of mobility as experienced on the MGO programme.


Speakers
avatar for Seán Ó Grádaigh

Seán Ó Grádaigh

Lecturer, NUI Galway, School of Education
With a background in second-level teaching and educational technologies, Seán is currently employed as a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education, NUI Galway. Seán developed and coordinated the first fully integrated 1:1 mobile device deployment on an Initial Teacher Education programme in Europe. Seán is an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), an AET (Apple Education Trainer) and provides Apple Professional Development nationwide and... Read More →


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Theatre

3:45pm

Supporting and leading from the inside-out: Negotiating fit between teacher identity, best practices, and schooling circumstance.
 

This presentation follows from research into the identities of teachers and how these come to play out in practice. We will be reporting on research that looked at teacher's enacted solutions to the challenges of practice and how those reactions make sense in terms of the lives of teachers and the circumstances of schooling. Findings inform how leaders might imagine more individually suited invitations to teacher development.



Speakers
avatar for Lissa D'Amour

Lissa D'Amour

Lissa D'AmourAssistant Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of CalgaryLissa's research and theoretical know-how leans upon and builds from 25 years of K—12 teaching experience in Alberta. She focuses on learning from and about anxieties in educational systems and seeks to develop better ways of supporting teachers to support learners. 
avatar for Jennifer Markides

Jennifer Markides

Jennifer MarkidesDoctoral student, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.  Jennifer's research focuses on care in teaching.  Into her work in curriculum and learning, she brings the strength and insight of her Métis heritage, experience teaching abroad, and notable training and experience in Montessori methods.


Tuesday April 26, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Sir Edward Beatty

5:00pm

Conference Centre Bus to Rimrock Hotel
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Conference Centre (Banff Springs) for the Rimrock Hotel at the following times on Tuesday:  5:00 pm, 5:20 pm, and 5:40 pm

Tuesday April 26, 2016 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Banff Springs Hotel
 
Wednesday, April 27
 

6:45am

Rimrock Hotel Bus to Conference Center
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Rimrock Hotel for the conference centre at the Banff Springs Hotel at the following times on Wednesday: 6:45 am, 7:10 am, and 7:30 am   These will arrive in time for you to enjoy breakfast at the Banff Springs Hotel

Wednesday April 27, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Rimrock Hotel

7:00am

Breakfast
Continental Breakfast is served on Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18.

(*NOTE: You must be wearing your conference lanyard and nametag in order to participate)

Wednesday April 27, 2016 7:00am - 8:30am
Cascade / Conservatory/New Brunswick

8:45am

Wednesday AM Keynote - The Commercial Mindset: The Leadership Challenge

For decades, Milton Friedman and his disciples contended that private markets could deliver better schooling than governments. In the 1990s, this belief was put to the test in the United States by for-profit educational management organizations (EMOs). While disappointing academic and financial outcomes pushed EMOs to the margins, their focus on results nevertheless helped reshape U.S. and foreign educational policy. In Education and the Commercial Mindset, Sam Abrams explains this evolution and its implications for educational leaders and the future of public education.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Abrams

Sam Abrams

Sam Abrams is the director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016).


Wednesday April 27, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am
Van Horne Ballroom

9:45am

Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
This is a coffee break and transition time to facilitate moving to your chosen concurrent session.

Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:45am - 10:00am
Transition

10:00am

Building Teacher Capacity to Improve Student Learning
Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) has had a concerted push over the past 5 years to align Strategic Intent with school goals. This presentation will show and discuss cultural and student learning trend data resulting from the strategic alignment of focus. System-wide (77 schools) agreed strategies focusing on building teacher capacity to improve student learning achievement using recognised High Yield Strategies (Case Management, Data Walls, Instructional Walks) has engaged teachers, school leaders and system leadership in a mutual supporting structure and partnership. CEDP has also engaged external academic partners to ensure the work is embedded in recognised contemporary learning theory and practice. The data shown will include: Reading Recovery data showing a significant decrease of vulnerable student numbers over the last 3 years; Quality Catholic Schooling survey data showing a consistently improving school cultural data trend over the past 4 years; as well as NAPLAN data for year 3 literacy and numeracy. The presentation will discuss the process of engagement with schools and leadership to enable principals to lead the learning in their schools and build teacher capacity. Further to this, we will explore how the implementation of the case management strategy has been the most significant strategy that has built teacher capability. Out of case management a further strategy called targeted learning partnerships (TLPs) has developed that support the most complex learning needs of students.

 

Speakers
avatar for Mary Creeaune

Mary Creeaune

Team Leader Student Services, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Australia
Mary is a Team Leader of Student Services in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. She leads a team of 120 teachers and counsellors working to reduce barriers to student learning. This is achieved through personalised planning for students with disabilities, alternative pathways for education and special purpose classes for students with complex needs. Mary also co-leads a mentoring and coaching program for first time principals... Read More →
avatar for Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh

Sue, Deputy Executive Director of Schools and Director of System Learning in the Diocese of Parramatta, is a passionate educator. Sue has more than three decades experience as a teacher, principal and system leader. She currently leads a team of over 140 staff and oversees the professional learning of over 4,500 leaders and teachers to improve literacy and numeracy in K-12 schools.  @SueWalsh5


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
New Brunswick Room

10:00am

Commercialisation in schooling: How datafication reshapes relationships between private interests and public education
The growth of digital assessments and student information systems reflect the growing datafication of schooling: turning what happens in schools into numbers that inform policy and practice. This session will look at how the global spread of datafication in schooling creates new markets for the commercial provision of education products and services, with implications for how private interests can impact the work of school leaders and shape public education


 

Speakers
avatar for Sam Sellar

Sam Sellar

Sam Sellar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Sam is currently working on research projects investigating national and global education policy, new accountabilities in schooling and the aspirations of young people in high-poverty regions. Sam is an associate editor of Critical... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Champlain Room

10:00am

Digital Citizenship: a shared responsibility!

Our schools are connected, our classrooms are equipped, and our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies are in place. These changes require reflection, resources and support that will enable teachers and empower students to make informed decisions so they can be proud of their digital footprints. This workshop provides an overview of resources available to support teachers, parents and students who seek to understand, learn and teach strong digital citizenship skills.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Lise Galuga

Lise Galuga

Technopédagogue, galuga.ca
As a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a technopedagogue in support of provincial digital schools initiatives, I demonstrate how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. An engineer by training, but a teacher by nature, I offer professional development sessions across North America and beyond on the pedagogical integration of new... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Baron Shaughnessy

10:00am

Neuroleadership

Neuroleadership is an emerging field that can assist administrators in cultivating a culture that capitalizes on strengths. Research driven practice in neuroscience can lead to organizational improvement at every level.

 
 

Speakers
avatar for Keri Gust

Keri Gust

Keri Gust is the principal of five alternative high school programs. These programs are responsive, flexible and innovative approaches to learning that are tailored to the students experience.
avatar for Catherine Usher

Catherine Usher

Currently Vice-Principal of a Kindergarten through Grade 6 school with Medicine Hat School District #76 , Catherine has also acted in a number of capacities for District #76; namely as district representative for the Alberta Assessment Consortium, leading new teachers in the areas of planning and assessment, member of Alberta Education’s Curriculum Redesign committee, representative on the school district technology committee, lead numerous... Read More →
avatar for Reagan Weeks

Reagan Weeks

Principal, SD76
Reagan is the principal of Elm Street School in Medicine Hat AB. Elm Street is the first Canadian School to join Stanford University's k12 Network for Design Thinking in Schools. She is also a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University researching engagement.


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Alhambra Room

10:00am

Digital Human Library: Building Community through Connected Learning

The Digital Human Library (dHL) is a new kind of library designed for your next generation learners. Experience how the dHL is connecting Canadian teachers and students with hundreds of organizations, experts and students from around the world during a live session! Learn how to browse the library and use video conferencing technology to connect learners with global learning partners in all curriculum subject areas. See how the dHL is bringing the field trip experience into the classroom to engage learners and maximize student outcomes (6Cs). Discover how the dHL is delivering authentic experiential learning opportunities across Canada designed to support and further student inquiry, establish stronger relationships between communities and schools, and create a more inclusive and equitable educational experience for all learners.



 
 

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Cassell

Leigh Cassell

Founder, Digital Human Library
Leigh Cassell is a full-time Technology Coach with the AMDSB in Ontario, Canada, and Founder of the Digital Human Library. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, and SMART Certified Interactive Teacher. Leigh's expertise includes globally connectedlearning, blogging as pedagogy, 1-1 learning environments (supported by iPad technology), and the New Literacies. Twitter Handle:  @LeighCassell


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Alberta Room

10:00am

Perseus vs Medusa in mathematics education: Educational Leadership and Educational Zeitgeist

For school leaders and policy makers alike, it often appears that the popular media never met a crisis in student performance in mathematics it didn’t like. One approach to unpack this challenge is to focus on the transition of students from school to university. Particularly, university academics sometimes suggest schools and teachers could do more to prepare students for university studies and thereby ease the challenges students meet in their first year of higher education. I argue that many of these challenges arise out of the structure and practices of higher education, and that it must be the universities that develop systems to support students in transition. I will also consider the tyranny of high stakes examinations and policies motivated by national and international tests that often interfere with what both schools and universities want – engaged and well educated students.


 
 
 

Speakers
avatar for Simon Goodchild

Simon Goodchild

Professor, University of Agder
Simon Goodchild is Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of MatRIC, Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching, which is anational centre for excellence in higher education at Norway’s University of Agder. He has a background in secondary school mathematics teaching, grades 7 to 13, and teacher education. His research has been in mathematics teaching development through inquiry approaches to learning... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
D.C. Coleman

10:00am

Sharing our Stories: Finding the heartbeat and creating your brand
Since the beginning of time, we have told stories. We have told them through pictures, through song, through legends and sagas and through the written word. In today’s world of 140 character discussions and endless cat videos, how do we get our story noticed in the digital age? We all know what we want from a brand: authenticity, sincerity, consistency, but how does your school, district or association do as a brand? Do people—parents, staff, and students—know what you stand for and believe in—besides teaching and learning? Could they tell your story? In this session we will discuss how to “find the heartbeat” in the story and how to define your brand from that story. The core of a good story remains constant: a reason to care, a problem to solve, and a resolution…all delivered with the unique style of the teller.

 

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. Shelley has been a champion for women's rights since her early teens and continues to... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Frontenac

10:00am

Why must educational systems change and how can they change ?
Why must education systems change ? What resistance to change is there in the system, and how can we overcome them ? How can creativity and technology, working together, enhance learning and teacher to help redefine education.


Speakers
avatar for Marc-André Girard

Marc-André Girard

Marc-André Girard is the principal of Beaubois College in Pierrefonds, QC. He holds a B. Ed., an M.A. in History pedagogy and an M. Ed in School Administration. He has focused on how change works in educational environments. Marc-André has been very involved in creating effective professional development, dealing specifically with the ideas around change in education.  He has also authored a book on changes in education... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Norquay Room

10:00am

Your School...Your Classrooms...as a Storytelling Studio
Chroma Key or "green screening" is a technique by which a block of a particular color (often blue or green) in a video image can be replaced either by another color or image, enabling, for example, a weather forecaster to appear against a background of a computer-generated weather map. We have found that this type of video recording is extremely popular with our students and highly engaging when connected with key concepts and ideas being explored in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will learn the purpose of “green screening” (chroma keying) with K-12 students and the engagement and learning it sparks! Imagine immersing your students in a virtual field trip around the globe or reenacting a scene from a novel, where the student becomes an important character, taking on the body language, accent and demeanor of that person. The possibilities are endless! Cross-curricular ideas for green screening in the K-12 classroom will be provided, along with many student examples and support in setting up a green screen space. You will learn the basics of proper lighting and video recording with iOS devices. 

Speakers
avatar for Jenny  Grabiec

Jenny Grabiec

Director of Instructional Technology, The Fletcher School
Jenny began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in New York State. Selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Jenny has spent the past five years working primarily with iPads in education. Jenny is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at The Fletcher School, a K-12 school in Charlotte, NC for students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Here she had the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Sir Edward Beatty

10:00am

Using a Mobile Device & Multi-media Teaching in a Bilingual Setting/Classroom
Over 70% of Gaelcholáistí (second-level Irish medium schools) in Ireland have adopted iPad as the the preferred technology for teaching and learning.  The Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (Professional Masters in Education), is the only designated teacher education programme that prepares teachers for this bilingual setting.  The MGO is a two year, Irish medium, second level, initial teacher education programme in Ireland. Use of an iPad is a course requirement for all student teachers accepting a place on the programme, making it the first initial teacher education programme in Ireland to adopt iPad 1:1. There is a particular emphasis on personalised and localised content creation on the programme.This presentation will outline the affordances of iPad and in particular iBooks, iTunes U courses and digital media for second language accusation in this bilingual context.

Speakers
avatar for Seán Ó Grádaigh

Seán Ó Grádaigh

Lecturer, NUI Galway, School of Education
With a background in second-level teaching and educational technologies, Seán is currently employed as a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education, NUI Galway. Seán developed and coordinated the first fully integrated 1:1 mobile device deployment on an Initial Teacher Education programme in Europe. Seán is an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), an AET (Apple Education Trainer) and provides Apple Professional Development nationwide and... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Theatre

11:00am

Break and Transition to Closing Keynote Event
This is a transition time to facilitate moving to the Van Horne Room for the closing Keynote presentation and conference wrap-up.

Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:00am - 11:15am
Transition

11:15am

Wednesday Closing Keynote - Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future: Education Reforms that Matter

Everyone wants a world-class education, an excellent education that prepares future generations for success and prosperity. As result, educational systems all over the world have engaged in massive reforms, from redesigning curriculum to enhancing teacher preparation, from improving accountability systems to importing policies and practices from abroad. But are these reforms likely to result in a world-class education we all desire or perhaps prevent us from achieving the goal. In the presentation, Professor Yong Zhao invites the participants to explore two education paradigms--employee-oriented vs. entrepreneur-oriented—and reflect on education reforms needed for providing all children a future-oriented education experience.




Speakers
avatar for Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao

Professor and Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education, University of Oregon
ong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. His works focus on the implications of globalization and... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Van Horne Ballroom

12:15pm

Conference Closing Presentation
Conference wrap-up and closing activities.  Important thoughts about 'where do we go from here'.


Wednesday April 27, 2016 12:15pm - 12:40pm
Van Horne Ballroom

12:50pm

Conference Centre Bus to Rimrock Hotel
If you are staying at the Rimrock Hotel a free shuttle bus will leave the Conference Centre (Banff Springs) for the Rimrock Hotel at the following times on Wednesday: 12:50 pm, 1:10 pm, and 1:30 pm

Wednesday April 27, 2016 12:50pm - 1:30pm
Banff Springs Hotel