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Sunday, May 12 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Leadership Impact on Probationary Teachers Implementing the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard

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How does a large education system reimagine and leverage school leadership to develop the professional learning capacity of teachers and maintain its systemic coherence? How does a design-based approach to professional learning support probationary teacher practice and collaborative distributed leadership? As one of the largest K-12 school districts in Western Canada, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has reimagined how quality leadership results in quality teaching and optimum learning for all its students. The CBE has shown its commitment to actualizing this standard by taking the lead in the design of professional learning for mid-level leaders and probationary teachers done in collaborative partnership with the Galileo Educational Network and the University of Calgary. These learning series are focused on achieving the teaching and learning outcomes of the district and enacting the competencies as outlined in Alberta’s Leadership and Teaching Quality Standards (2018). Presenters will share how the CBE’s systemic approach to professional learning for mid-level leaders and probationary teachers has resulted in developing the capacity of leadership teams to work collaboratively to ensure all new teachers receive the support they need to meet district expectations and provincial standards. Preliminary findings from our partner-research project with University of Calgary and the Galileo Educational Network also indicate that teachers are acquiring the kinds of competencies, skills and practical knowledge necessary to teach in today’s diverse contemporary school contexts resulting in improved learning for all students in the district.

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Ann Ard

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

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

Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Dr Barbara Brown is Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor, Learning Sciences in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include research-practice partnerships, professional learning, and instructional design in... Read More →
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Verena Roberts

Instructor/Researcher, University of Calgary
Verena Roberts is a Learning Sciences EdD Candidate, Sessional Instructor and Research Assistant in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary in the Partner Research Schools initiative and a course design Project Assistant with the Taylor Institute of Teaching... Read More →

Amy Burns

Dr. Amy Burns is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Education with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  Her research centres on the development of leadership skills as a pathway to educational change, primarily with pre-service and new teachers... Read More →

Sunday May 12, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Alhambra Room