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Monday, May 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Making Learning Success Visible and Amplifying "Next" Practice

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In this session, participants will learn about how school and district leaders worked together to create “coherence” (Fullan & Quinn, 2016) in school improvement through a focus on deep learning in our work with literacy, numeracy, and pedagogy leaders in classrooms. Our journey began at the start of last year (2017-2018) when school and district leaders co-constructed a district-wide pedagogical vision to make student success visible. By examining examples of classroom practices that enacted deep learning during our August leadership meeting, six principles of practices were co-constructed with school and district leaders. These six principles reflected foundational research in formative assessment (Wiliam, 2017)— students know and understand learning intentions, identify criteria to achieve learning success, use criteria-based feedback to move learning forward, leverage technologies to enhance learning, collaborate and work together, and teach others about their learning which reflects their ownership of their learning.   By sharing video examples of teacher leaders’ explorations of one or more of the six principles of practice with Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, a change researcher who is part of the National Pedagogies for Deep Learning, we learned the importance of articulating what change looks like from phases of initiating, developing, and mastering change. “Stretching” our vision from single principles of practice into “practice progressions” of what change looks like and sounds like while unfolding in classrooms, we realized the importance of “amplifying” teachers’ explorations of such a vision, of privileging teachers’ sharing of their refinements of practices or taking on new or “next” (Stoll, 2006) practices that pushed their students’ learning forward.

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Christina MacKinnon

Principal, Greater St.Albert
Christina MacKinnon has been a K-9 teacher, and French Immersion vice principal and principal. She is currently responsible for growing leadership within a French Immersion Elementary School in St. Albert.
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Karla Holt

Peadagogy Lead / Technology Co-ordinator, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools
Karla Holt has been a teacher, consultant, and supervisor for over twenty years. She is currently responsible for pedagogy leads within each school and ensures that they are equipped to grow other leaders who can ensure strong student-centred pedagogy by integrating emerging technologies... Read More →
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David Keohane

Superintendent, St. Albert Catholic Schools
David Keohane is a K-12 educator who has held multiple roles In education in Alberta. David’s current leadership focus with his district is on furthering responsive schools through the engagement of staff, students, and parents where visible learning is the mainstay.
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Rhonda Nixon

Assistant Superintendent, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools
Rhonda Nixon has been a leader at the K-post-secondary teacher, secondary principal, elementary consultant, manager of professional learning. In her current role, she leads student learning and programming, technology services, and alternative programs as an assistant superintend... Read More →

Danielle Karaki

Danielle Karaki has been an educator for over ten years. She has been a French Immersion secondary teacher and vice principal, and now the principal of our largest Catholic High School in St. Albert.

Monday May 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Alberta Room