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Monday, April 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lessons in Leading a Learning Community and Nurturing Instructional Leadership

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How does a large system build leadership capacity and maintain systemic coherence while at the same time addressingvthe unique learning needs of a new generation of aspiring leaders? And how might the growing expertise of this new generation of aspiring leaders be further leveraged in helping to achieve important system and ministry goals while at the same time attending to each school’s unique school improvement agenda? These were some of the leadership issues that Calgary Board of Education system and school leaders were wrestling with and that this design-based professional learning and research study was attempting to investigate.

Through this initiative, CBE hoped to better understand how designing, implementing and sustaining professional learning could enable aspiring leaders to acquire the kind of principled practical knowledge and adaptive expertise necessary to help lead from within today’s diverse contemporary school contexts. Each year for the past three years, CBE has invited approximately 700 of their aspiring school based teacher leaders, identified as Learning Leaders, to participate in ongoing professional learning in collaboration with the Galileo Educational Network. These Learning Leaders are teachers with expertise in teaching and the desire to lead pedagogical leadership initiatives within their respective schools. Although, the responsibilities of the Learning Leader vary from school-to-school, there are two aspects of their role that are common. All of the individuals who were selected for these entry-level leadership positions were asked to:

1. play a key role in supporting colleagues in developing evidence based practices and
2. support school administration with leading effective teaching practices to positively impact student learning.

This design-based research study is therefore significant because of its potential to increase understanding of and inform professional learning practices for school leaders around two of the key competencies that have been identified for all school leaders in the province of Alberta: Leading a Learning Community and Providing Instructional Leadership (draft SLS 2016).

How this work unfolded within this large school authority and the lessons that have emerged as a result will be the focus of this conference presentation; and will appeal to educators responsible for leadership development (principals and district leaders).

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Dr. Barb Brown

Director, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Dr. Barb Brown is Director of Professional Graduate Programs in Education, Partner Research Schools and Director of Research for the Galileo Educational Network in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She also has professional experiences in leadership, teaching and educational technology in K-12 education in Alberta. Research interests include technology-enhanced learning environments, leadership, instructional... Read More →
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Dr. Lori Pamplin

Director, Leadership and Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Dr. Lori Pamplin is the Director of Leadership and Learning in the Calgary Board of Education. Her doctoral research was designed to better understand the always emergent, ambiguous and contingent nature of being a school principal within a large urban school district and how such understanding illuminates ways to support the development of principals through professional learning.
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Candace Saar

Director of Professional Learning, Galileo Educational Network Werklund School of Education University of Calgary
Candace Saar is the Director of Professional Learning for the Galileo Educational Network at the University of Calgary. She has worked with educators and school authorities throughout Alberta, across Canada and internationally to demonstrate how students of all ages become confident, self-directed learners when they are invited to do authentic and challenging work. These findings and those emerging from the ongoing research work of the Galileo... Read More →
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David Stevenson

Chief Superintendent of Schools, Calgary Board of Education
David Stevenson brings over 30 years of CBE experience to his role as chief superintendent of schools. His strong commitment to student learning provides CBE students, parents and staff with solid guidance for improving student achievement. He has a unique combination of skills and knowledge developed through his work as a teacher, registered psychologist and leader. He has served as a classroom teacher, consultant, specialist, assistant... Read More →

Monday April 10, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivor Petrak Room