Teachers as Researchers: Theme 3 – Modeling Entrepreneurial Spirit

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts by Kevin Sonico (Grade 9 Math/Science Teacher) on Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice. Theme 1 on Professional Growth can be read here and Theme 2 on Student Voice can be read here. Teacher-researchers classified the nature of their inquiries as exploratory and investigated different elements of their practice. From teaching a lesson, to reporting student learning, to structuring a class, participants viewed the RI program as an opportunity to chronicle and share new experiences with an audience. Their willingness to experience such a rigorous and public endeavour … Continue reading Teachers as Researchers: Theme 3 – Modeling Entrepreneurial Spirit

Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice: Four Charter School Teachers’ Perspectives

-by Kevin Sonico, Grade 9 Math/Science Teacher In the Inspiring Action on Education document (Alberta Education, 2010a), the Ministry of Education discussed research’s essential role in contributing to student success by informing policy and pedagogy. Charter schools would play an … Continue reading Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice: Four Charter School Teachers’ Perspectives

Innovate West – October 24-25, 2014

InnovateWest is a professional development initiative that focuses on bringing educators together to share, build and reflect on exemplary teaching, learning, and leadership practices with the goal of building a network of innovative educators. This annual conference will be held on October 24 and 25, 2014 at Connect Charter School. The conference begins on Friday morning with a student guided tour of Connect Charter School on an instructional school day. Participants will have ample time to observe classrooms and dialogue with students and teachers in a rich inquiry setting. Facilitated discussions will be hosted at the school during the three … Continue reading Innovate West – October 24-25, 2014

Innovate West is moving to October!

We look forward to seeing you at the new Innovate West weekend, October 24-25, 2014. The feedback from the last few years was loud and clear: a fall date makes it much easier for teachers to attend, and will provide the opportunity for relationships and connections to grow all year long (and beyond). Join us on Friday, October 24th for school tours in the morning and the first discussion block in the afternoon for those of you wanting to start the conversations early. Saturday will be similar format (3 discussion blocks) with the reception to occur that evening. Based on … Continue reading Innovate West is moving to October!

Exemplary Teaching and Learning Frameworks

by Dan McWilliam  In 2011 staff at the Connect Charter School, Calgary Science School at the time, were asked “What does exemplary teaching and learning look like?” The process and rationale for the creation of the frameworks is described here.  “In addressing this question, reference was made to the work that has been done on student assessment through our AISI project; the Galileo longitudinal research study of the Calgary Science School one-on-one laptop program and student engagement initiatives; the expectations for exemplary teaching outlined in the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard and a variety of artefacts including school evaluation reports, survey data … Continue reading Exemplary Teaching and Learning Frameworks

Why Innovate West?

-by Erin Piper As a charter school, it is one of our mandates and goals to connect and learn with other teachers and school jurisdictions. Innovate West, most recently held May 23-25, 2014, is one of the ways we facilitate in bringing together a growing community of innovative educators to celebrate the many great things happening in education today. We believe that this event, and the people involved, truly reflects the vision and values of Inspiring Education. This short video depicts how this experience resonated with participants: For more information on the most recent conference, see this blog post. Continue reading Why Innovate West?

Innovate West Wrap Up

by Dan McWilliamOur school is still reverberating from the energy and ideas at Innovate West this past weekend (May 23-25, 2014). This was our third year hosting a connected group of innovative educators from Western Canada and beyond. These educators are the ‘grassroots’ who have developed a social support network online and Innovate West provides the physical meet up of the social network. The Conference celebrates people and provides them the time and space to share, discuss and develop innovative ideas for education. The conference format begins with a tour of Connect Charter School classrooms on an operational school day … Continue reading Innovate West Wrap Up

Innovate West Update

We are officially a month away from the first annual Innovate West Conference at Connect Charter School. The event unofficially begins at a Tweet-Up, the evening of Thursday, May 22 at Wild Rose Brewery and will officially start on Friday, May 23 with a school tour on a regular instructional day. This was a highlight for those who attended ConnectED Canada in previous years and we will continue with this unique opportunity to see engaged learning in action and to hear the student voice. On Friday May 23 we are also hosting an evening reception at Telus Spark to welcome … Continue reading Innovate West Update

Professional Networking Day for Outdoor Education teachers

Deirdre Bailey (Connect Charter), Jason Lindsay (Calgary Arts Academy) and David Manning (Westmount Charter) “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”  Richard Louv –  Last Child in the Woods In collaboration with Outdoor Education specialists from the Calgary Arts Academy and Westmount Charter, Connect Charter School (formerly the Calgary Science School) is hosting a Professional Networking Day for Outdoor Education teachers on Monday, February 3, 2014. … Continue reading Professional Networking Day for Outdoor Education teachers

Innovate West Update

We are thrilled to be announcing the first annual Innovate West conference to be held at Connect Charter School, May 23-25, 2014. This conference will be a gathering of forward thinking educators in western Canada and will be an opportunity to share, collaborate and reflect. We are looking forward to reconnecting and learning with our own professional learning network which consists of many schools and school boards in Alberta and British Columbia with whom we have worked with over the past decade. If you have attended ConnectED Canada here in 2012 or 2013, the format will be familiar. Friday is … Continue reading Innovate West Update