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uLead 2021 Conference in Banff

Planning for uLead 2021 has already begun in earnest and the call for proposals for both English and French language sessions has already begun.  The theme for uLead 2021 is "Reimagining School Leadership" and seeks to be a provocation to attending delegates to think about the role of the school leader in leading teacher learning.  A particular emphasis will be made to examine the role of the school leader in helping improve teacher capacity, both individually and collectively, as the core capability of a leader of learning, whether as a school principal, a teacher leader, or a central office leader. The resulting conversation will range from how leaders support teachers to continually enhance their teaching practices, to how those leaders develop an understanding of how to design and lead professional learning approaches that can have a positive effect on student outcomes so that we might be intentionally be thinking about transforming our education system to ensure a vibrant public education system as we go forward.  A pre-conference workshop on Preparing Women for the School Leadership Journey will open shortly.

 

 

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Council for School Leadership Professional Learning Events:

 

Between now and April, there are a range of activities available at no cost to Council for School Leadership members that will be of interest to all Alberta school leaders and aspiring school leaders.  School leaders and their site leadership team members are encouraged to consider participating in one or more of these initiatives.  The Council For School Leadership of the Alberta Teachers' Association is the specialist council for school leaders, aspiring school leaders, and central office teachers and leaders in Alberta.  It is one of the pre-eminent organizations for school leaders in Canada and is widely respected worldwide.


Membership in the Council for School Leadership offers the opportunity to participate in a network of leaders who share professionally, interact collegially, and act as mentors to new colleagues while providing avenues for research and sharing best practices.

 

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Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey Webinars and Community of Practice:

 

The Council for School Leadership of the Alberta Teachers’ Association has a proud history of hosting annual events across Alberta and at uLead to provide great opportunities for those interested in connecting to others around conversations on women in school leadership.  This year, the CSL offers an opportunity to participate in the 2020/2021 Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey webinars and community of practice led by the renowned Dr. Barbara Watterston in collaboration with the Council for School Leadership's Kimberlee Carson.  There is no charge for participation in these webinars and the community of practice for CSL members.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for CSL members across the province to be part of a community of practice working around ideas shared by Barbara in several webinars and through her groundbreaking book written with Jane Kise - Step In, Step Up - Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey.

 

Participation in the Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey Community of Practice will allow participants to positively impact the professional learning culture of their schools and school divisions, while working to define their 'why' of leadership and to find partners who  are also beginning or engaged in their own leadership journeys to share ideas with and share the journey.

 

• The first webinar with Dr. Watterston will take place on Wednesday, November 25 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

• Once the Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey Community of Practice has been formed, we will determine together possible meeting/conversation dates in December and January.

 

• An additional webinar with Dr. Watterston has been scheduled for  Wednesday, February 3 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.


Once you have registered for the webinars, we encourage registrants to order a copy of Barbara and Jane's book, Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey wherever you prefer to acquire your books.  Some sources include:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1943874301/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

 

or in digital form at:

 

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/step-in-step-up-empowering/9781943874316-item.html?ikwid=empowering+women+for+the+school+leadership+journey&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=e4c636bf45c02cd31b67e6e2c3d9ee25

 

Registration for the webinars and Community of Practice is free for Council for School Leadership members. 

  

To register for this event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ForTheJourney

 

 

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2020 CSL Teaching Sprints Webinars and Course Registration:

 

The 2020 Running Teaching Sprints Webinars and course lead by the renowned Dr. Simon Breakspear allows Alberta school leaders AND their school-based teacher-leader teams to actively engage their whole school in the teaching sprints process to build in practices to lead growth in teacher expertise.  There is no charge for participation in these webinars for CSL members. In addition, Council for School Leadership (CSL) members will enjoy complimentary access throughout the 2020-2021 academic year to the related online course - Running Teaching Sprints Plus. This is a wonderful opportunity for CSL members across the province to develop school leadership teams that will allow them to positively impact the professional learning culture of their schools and school divisions, while leading teacher learning with their colleagues and improving their own leadership practices.  This program will be of interest to all school leaders, division leaders, and in-school teacher leaders who are interested in learning about leading Teaching Sprints as a pedagogical process in their schools or divisions.  Registrants can access to two webinars led by the world-renowned Dr. Simon Breakspear as well as have access for the year to the online Running Teaching Sprints Plus course (a $99.00 per person value) at no-cost.  


This collaborative professional learning approach of Teaching Sprints offers an opportunity to build teacher and team efficacy for teacher learning and continuous practice improvement.  The webinars and course are intended for school or division leaders and their teams of school-based teacher leaders.  Registration is free for Council for School Leadership members. 

 

Teaching Sprints provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to support your teachers in continually enhancing their practice. Teaching Sprints is a flexible organisational routine that supports robust teacher professional learning. It consists of three phases: Prepare, Sprint and Review. During Prepare, teams engage in rich dialogue about student learning and consider relevant research to identify precise focus for improvement work. They then go into the Sprintphase, where they test out their new learning through short, manageable cycles of teaching in the classroom. A Teaching Sprint ends with explicit Review: analysis of the evidence of student learning, and consideration of how to transfer new pedagogical knowledge and skills into future practice. Engagement in Teaching Sprints supports the adoption of evidence-informed practices and enables educators to collectively plan, act and evaluate their impact. The approach is aligned with the existing research evidence into the features of effective teacher professional learning and the science of behaviour change.

With Teaching Sprints, the mantra is: If it doesnt work for teachers, it doesnt work.” The Teaching Sprints process has been designed to be simple, relevant and manageable for already overloaded teachers and their leaders. Most of all, it is designed to be adaptable to your school context and focused on the challenges specific to your classrooms and learners.

School leadership teams, working together, can take the small steps that add up to enormous gains in teacher efficacy and expertise. These dynamic 1-hour webinars and the online course will provide district level leaders, school leaders, and teacher leaders with a thorough understanding of the Teaching Sprints approach that will allow you to get started with Teaching Sprints in your school community.

The Teaching Sprints approach is a simple yet powerful teacher learning and continuous practice improvement process.


THROUGH TEACHING SPRINTS, EDUCATORS CAN:

  1. Make more effective use of available team collaboration time, supported by clear tools and protocols

  2. Benefit from more relevant, job embedded professional learning that focuses on practical teaching and learning challenges in their classrooms

  3. Deepen their pedagogical content knowledge and be inspired to continually improve

  4. Better adopt and embed the use of research-informed practice and evaluate their impact through formative assessment

  5. Build trust within and across teacher teams and take collective action to help each other to improve

  6. More effectively share and spread best practices

 

The next webinar for this program will take place on Wednesday, December 2 beginning at 4:00 pm so you and your team members are encouraged to register soon.

 

To register for this event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RunningSprints

 

 

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Let The Children Play Webinars and Community of Practice:

 

A series of Let the Children Play webinars will be led by the renowned Dr. Pasi Sahlberg in collaboration with the Council for School Leadership's Kris Hodgins.  Kris will guide a community of practice around the ideas presented in Pasis webinars and book for our registrants.  There is no charge for participation in these webinars and community of practice for CSL members.

 

 

 This is a wonderful opportunity for CSL members across the province to be part of a community of practice working around ideas shared by Pasi in several webinars and through his groundbreaking book - Let the Children Play.

 

Participation in the Let the Children Play Community of Practice will allow participants to positively impact the professional learning culture of their schools and school divisions, while leading teacher learning with their colleagues and improving their own leadership practices.

 

The first webinar with Dr. Sahlberg will take place on Wednesday, January 20 beginning at 4:00 pm.

 

An additional webinar with Dr. Sahlberg has been scheduled for  Wednesday, March 24 beginning at 4:00 pm.


Once you have registered for the webinars, we encourage registrants to order a copy of Pasi's book, Let the Children Play wherever you prefer to acquire your books.  Some sources include:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Let-Children-Play-Schools-Thrive/dp/0190930969

 

or in digital form through the Apple Book store at:

 

https://books.apple.com/ca/book/let-the-children-play/id1468489991

 

Registration for the webinars and Community of Practice is free for Council for School Leadership members. 

 

To register for this event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Playing2Learn 

 

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Professional Learning Activities for School Leaders

Scroll down for information about upcoming events for Alberta School Leaders hosted by the Council for School Leadership of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and uLead 2020.