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uLead 2020 Conference in Banff - April 5-7, 2020

Planning for uLead 2020 has already begun in earnest and the call for proposals for both English and French language sessions has already begun.  The theme for uLead 2020 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.


Registrations for uLead 2020 is now open.  You are invited to share your story at uLead 2020 – The Summit of Educational Leadership from April at the Banff Springs Hotel. If you would like to present at the conference please visit tinyurl.com/PRESENT-AT-ULEAD20 to share your expression of interest.



Registration are now open with Super-early-bird discounts for those registering prior to November 30, 2019.  Click on “Welcome” above for more information.


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Foundations of Teaching Sprints Workshops

You may wish to start the year with a Foundations of Teaching Sprints workshops that will be offered in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the ATA Agile Leadership Network professional learning series.  This collaborative professional learning approach offers an opportunity to build teacher and team efficacy for teacher learning and continuous practice improvement.

Teaching Sprints provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to support your teachers in continually enhancing their practice. Teaching Sprints is a flexible organizational 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 ‘Sprint’ phase, 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 doesn’t work for teachers, it doesn’t 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. This dynamic 1-day workshop 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.


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

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

Ø Deepen their pedagogical content knowledge and be inspired to continually improve

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

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

Ø More effectively share and spread best practices


This dynamic 1-day workshop provides school and teacher leaders with a thorough understanding of the Teaching Sprints approach to collaborative teacher professional learning. Numerous research studies confirm that teaching quality has the largest in-school influence on student learning, and that high-quality professional learning can lead to improvements in student achievement.  In this practical workshop, participants will be introduced to the Teaching Sprints process, and leave equipped with the knowledge of what makes for successful team and school implementation.  It is recommended that school leaders bring a team of teacher-leaders to this event.


This program is designed to

Ø Examine the importance of enhancing adaptive teaching expertise and the need for schools to support teachers to engage in deliberate practice

Ø Provide a systematic overview of the Teaching Sprints approach to collaborative teacher learning and practice improvement

Ø Upskill leaders to understand each phase of the Teaching Sprints process

Ø Show how robust and relevant research evidence can be used to inform practice improvement efforts

Ø Give practical guidance on how to successfully implement Teaching Sprints within their unique educational context

Ø Demonstrate how to connect the Teaching Sprints process with teacher, team and school-level plans for improvement


Who is this program for?

Ø School and teacher leaders who would like an in-depth overview of the Teaching Sprints approach.


When will these 1 day workshops take place.

Ø Calgary – November 19 – Facilitated by Dr. Ryan Dunn (University of Melbourne)

Ø Edmonton – November 22 – Facilitated by Dr. Ryan Dunn (University of Melbourne)

November 19 – Calgary: To Register for the Calgary workshop (facilitated by Dr. Ryan Dunn) click here.

November 22 – Edmonton: To register for the Edmonton workshop (facilitated by dr. Ryan Dunn) click here.

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Dialogue Dinner – An Evening with the Honourable Adriana LaGrange– Edmonton, November 27

The Council for School Leadership - is proud to provide an opportunity for you to share dinner with your colleagues and engage here insights from the Minister of Education of Alberta, the Honourable Adriana LaGrange.    The  Honorable Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education will share about topics and Issues in education chosen from the Minister's point of view and issues he may feel will be of importance to school and district leaders.  If time permits, she may field some questions from the audience following his presentation.

This event will fill up quickly so participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the evening.  Registration is limited to 50 delegates.

November 27 in Edmonton.  To register for this event click here.

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Distinguished Leadership Awards 2019-2020

The Council for School Leadership is pleased to invite nominations from throughout Alberta for the CSL Alberta Distinguished Leadership Awards with recipients being honoured in May.


The CSL Distinguished Leadership Awards creates a learning community of outstanding principals throughout Alberta who can share professionally, interact collegially and act as mentors to new colleagues.  It provides avenues for research and sharing of best practices.  The cadre of Distinguished Alberta School Leaders are people who are looking to challenge the status quo, improve learning in their contexts, and be equipped for higher levels of leadership.  These individuals will become role models in a vibrant network of  educational leaders with the confidence and capabilities to lead innovative change for 21st century learning - the Council for School Leadership.


Please consider nominating a deserving school leader for consideration for this honour.


To nominate a school leader click on the following link and complete your nomination online. http://tinyurl.com/CSL-Leadership.


*Once you have entered the nomination site you will be asked to make a short comment related to your nominee’s leadership in each of Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard competencies.  The attached CSL Distinguished Leadership Awards primer will provide you with additional information about how to complete the nomination form once you click on the link to nominate a colleague.


The deadline for nominations is midnight, February 29, 2019.  All nominees must be active members of the Council for School Leadership to be eligible to receive the award.


“What will I need to do?"

Once you have entered the nomination site you will be asked to make a short comment related to your nominee’s leadership in each of Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard competencies.

You will be asked to provide an indication that your nominee has consented to being nominated (required) and provide the nominee’s school name, school telephone number, and email address. Your nominee must be a member of the Council for School Leadership to be eligible to receive the award (Nominees can join the CSL now at  tinyurl.com/JOIN-CSL ).


You will then be asked to enter your supporting evidence (several sentences) for your nominee’s leadership for each of Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard competencies including;

Ø Fostering Effective Leadership

Ø Modelling Commitment to Professional Learning

Ø Embodying Visionary Leadership

Ø Leading a Learning Community

Ø Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Ø Providing Instructional Leadership

Ø Developing Leadership Capacity

Ø Managing School Operations and Resources

Ø Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context



You will also be asked to describe a promising practice in leadership that your nominee, if selected to receive the award, would be prepared to share at a Council for School Leadership professional learning event in the following year. 


Prior to submitting the survey you will also have an opportunity to enter additional comments regarding the nominee, should you wish to do so.  Please consider nominating a worthy candidate today.


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.