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Tuesday, April 11 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Equity...the story of survival among a network of small schools

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Come and learn about how 6 small schools built a learning community based upon a common vision of meeting student needs. We will explore how you can do the same in your schools.

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Laurie Helland

Principal, Belmead School , Edmonton Public Schools
Laurie Helland has been an educator with Edmonton Public Schools for 35 years. She has taught in a variety of Elementary classrooms working with special needs students in Inclusive and segregated settings. She also has administrator experience in an Early Learning site where she worked with a team of specialists supporting students aged 2 and one/half to 6 years of age. Laurie is currently Principal of Belmead School in Edmonton.
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Janet Laddish

Principal, Edmonton Public Schools
Janet Laddish has more than 30 years experience in education in two school districts.  Her teaching background includes elementary and junior high special needs, as well as inclusive classrooms.  Janet holds a Masters degree in educational administration and leadership. She has been part of the lead administrator group for West 6 Schools in Edmonton Public for the past 10 years, and is currently the principal at Inglewood School.
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Lorna Nyitrai

Principal, Brightview School
Lorna Nyitrai has been an educator for 30 years with Edmonton Public Schools.  She has taught a variety of elementary grades with most of her experience being with special needs students in included and segregated sites. Lorna worked as a literacy and technology consultant in a variety of schools. She is currently in her first year as a principal.

Brenda Schmermund

Brenda Schmermund has taught with Edmonton Public for just over 20 years.  She loves to work with special needs students and those families that sometimes require extra support.  Brenda believes strongly in the power of humor and believes we all need to laugh more.  Currently Brenda is the principal at Athlone School.
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Judy Toews

Judy Toews is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teaching Education Program (SUNTEP) for people of Metis ancestry.  As a child, she was made a permanent ward and grew up in multiple foster homes.  For the last 20 years, Judy has brought her past experiences and present knowledge and skills to support the students and staff of Prince Charles School, where over 95 % of the students are First Nations, Metis and Inuit.  Judy maintains a... Read More →
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Dr. Maureen Yates

Principal, Edmonton Public Schools
I have been 30 years with Edmonton Public Schools, with K- 12 experience as a principal, assistant principal, counsellor, teacher. I am currently the principal of Sherwood Elementary School and have spent 25 years at junior and senior high schools. I am also working at Metro Continuing Education as a supervisor of evening, weekend, and summer academic courses, as well as the special needs coordinator. I have a MEd in School Counselling and PhD... Read More →

Tuesday April 11, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Alberta Room