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Monday, April 10 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Leveraging Leadership: Layered professional learning to enhance K-12 literacy

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Literacy within content areas and multiple literacies have been identified as an area of focus by Alberta Education and within the Calgary Board of Education.  This is an important opportunity to build system-wide coherence in our understanding of literacy learning.  This shift in focus requires agile leaders to lead a learning community driven by a vision that seeks to get better all the time. 


This session will describe specifically the work in building leadership capacity for coherent, systemic literacy practices.  The role of the principal as the only instructional leader in the school is changing; the notion of the principal as the ONLY instructional leader is not sustainable, nor is it appropriate anymore.  As a result, we considered the leadership through-line in relation to the different roles, responsibilities and contributions of all of the leaders within the district in relation to the literacy strategy.  How intentionally designed layered professional learning for leaders that inspires enhanced literacy practice in schools will be outlined using a specific school example. 


While this session focuses on a literacy strategy, the leadership process described can be transferred to any strategic initiative.  The presentation will appeal to all educators.

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Ann Ard

System Principal, Leadership and Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Ann Ard is a System Principal in the Leadership and Learning department with the Calgary Board of Education. She has over two decades of public education leadership experience in two provinces, small rural and larger urban settings, the charter system, and with all ages pre-school through grade twelve. Ann's strong focus on action research is the foundation of her leadership.
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Kim Hackman

System Principal, Leadership and Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Kim Hackman is a System Principal , Leadership and Learning for the Calgary Board of Education. Previously, he was a Principal in the Calgary Board of Education of a large urban high school. He has 26 years of experience as a teacher and instructional leader at elementary, middle school and high school levels. Kim is a recipient of the Canada's Outstanding Principals award.
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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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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 →
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Dallas Wheeler

System Principal, Leadership and Learning, Calgary Board of Education
Dallas Wheeler is a System Principal in the Leadership and Learning Department of the the Calgary Board of Education. Prior to assuming this position she was a school based principal and an educator and leader with over 25 years of experience with the CBE. Her master's research was focused on inquiry based teaching and learning and the sustainability of this practice in schools. Building professional capital in teacher leaders is the... Read More →

Monday April 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D.C. Coleman