ConnectEd Canada 2013

Registration Opens and a Call for Discussion Facilitators The details are coming together for the second ConnectEd Conference. The discussion proposals that have been submitted so far have us very excited about round 2. We are looking for more proposals, please don’t leave it too late. We would rather have a tentative outline of a discussion now while we plot the schedule. We will be in contact with you for a more detailed description to print in the program early in the new year. The list of discussions from 2012 can be found at: http://connectedcanada.org/?page_id=74 We are close to having the … Continue reading ConnectEd Canada 2013

ConnectEd Canada

We are pleased to announce that the Calgary Science School will once again host the annual ConnectEd Conference on May 24-26, 2013. The conference will begin on Friday May 24, 2013 at the Calgary Science School on a “regular” school day. Attendees are encouraged to visit classrooms, observe lessons, and speak with teachers and students. Saturday and Sunday will have scheduled discussion topics hosted at the school. As was the case last year, the sessions will be built around discussions and conversations hosted by a facilitator. The event will provide the time and space for all stakeholders to discuss emerging … Continue reading ConnectEd Canada

Field Experiences

54 University Education Students between October 22-23! From October 22 to November 2, 2013 we will be hosting two cohorts of 14 Education Students from the University of Calgary. The program is titled “Life in Schools” and will give the students a week of observation, participation and reflections at two public schools in Calgary. The purpose of the course is to have the students inquire into and document the lives and cultures of students, teachers and schools. At the end of the week the students will prepare a digital/visual presentation of what they experienced. We were also host to a … Continue reading Field Experiences

Learning Coaches Networking Day

Originially printed in the Calgary Science School SpectrumChris Dittmann Communications Director On August 31, 2012 the Calgary Science School hosted a networking/PD event for learning coaches, organized by CSS PD and Collaboration Coordinator Dan McWilliam. The purpose of the session was to bring together learning coaches and instructional leaders from a variety of schools and districts to discuss the role and explore best practices and skills as they strive to support enhanced teacher learning. We also hope to build a supportive network of learning leaders in Calgary and the surrounding area, who can develop materials, structures, and supports for the … Continue reading Learning Coaches Networking Day

Learning Coaches Networking Day: Creating Pedagogical Partnerships

On August 31, 2012 the Calgary Science School hosted a networking/PD event for Learning Coaches. The purpose of the session was to bring together Learning Coaches and Instructional Leaders from a variety of schools and districts to discuss the role and explore best practices and skills as we strive to support enhanced teacher learning. We also hope to build a supportive network of learning leaders in Calgary, and the surrounding area, who can develop materials, structures, and supports for the role. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Pam Adams from the University of Lethbridge orchestrating the day and working … Continue reading Learning Coaches Networking Day: Creating Pedagogical Partnerships

Learning Coaches – One Year Later…

-by Erin Couillard, Professional Development and Collaboration Coordinator We have reached the end of our first year with designated learning coaches within the school. Last fall, two Math/Science learning coaches and two Humanities learning coaches were selected from teachers who applied for the positions through a letter of intent process. For more information on the impetus for learning coaches at the Calgary Science School, read the blog post I wrote at the beginning of this project. Midway through the year, an inclusive practices learning coach was added to the team in a part-time capacity. This coach specifically worked with teachers … Continue reading Learning Coaches – One Year Later…

ConnectEd Canada May 25-27, 2012

Registration for ConnectED Canada is now open. Registration is being generously handled by the Calgary Regional Consortium. You can register for the event by clicking here. We have set aside 150 spots for Alberta attendees and 150 spots for out of province. If the out-of-province spots are not filled by April 1st – the remaining spots will be made available to Alberta attendees. Information on accommodation for the event can be found here. Sign up quickly before it fills up! Continue reading ConnectEd Canada May 25-27, 2012

ConnectED Canada is Coming to CSS!

In May 2012, a new annual Canadian educational conference is starting and the Calgary Science School has been asked to be the first host! This exciting event will be taking place at our school May 25-27, 2012. ConnectED Canada will be a yearly educational event that brings together teachers, administrators, students, parents and other stakeholders with the purpose of sharing innovative practices and building a national collaborative network. Rather than traditional conferences which are usual held at hotels of off-site conference centres, ConnectED Canada will be held in different schools across the country each year . The purpose of hosting … Continue reading ConnectED Canada is Coming to CSS!

The Gift of Team Teaching

by Candice Shaw, Grade 7 Math/Science Teacher As a teacher with 2 full years of experience, I acknowledge that I have learned a tremendous amount in those years, much more than University education could ever teach me. However, I know that I have even more to learn in order to better my practice. I graduated from University in 2008, so my education is fairly recent. This means that I was taught in the ways of current pedagogy, such as practices in inquiry and constructivism. These principles are ingrained in how I teach and develop activities for students. I have not … Continue reading The Gift of Team Teaching

First Attempts In Learning

by Deirdre Bailey I used to think exclusively in black and white. I have a sincere appreciation for the clear-cut, precise and absolute and have argued that those who are not 100% sure of their accuracy should not be entitled to an opinion. I have spent most of my life infuriated by indecisiveness and I cringe to acknowledge that I have stormed off in irritation at people who would answer questions with questions instead of concrete opinions. I have been an equally harsh critic of my own confusion and have been guilty of rushing a process in order to arrive … Continue reading First Attempts In Learning