2019 CASS Annual Learning Conference
Program at a Glance (Conference and Certification In-Service) Map of the Hotel
Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) Certification In-Service “B” and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) Certification In-Service (Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday March 21)
Leaders serving in leadership roles during the 2018/19 school year, and not a current principal or superintendent, can obtain Leadership Certification through an in-service program connecting their current practices and experiences with the competencies in the Leadership Quality Standard. This includes CASS members serving in system level leadership roles. As requested by the membership, the LQS Certification In-Service “B” will be offered at the CASS conference and will focus on the role of the system leader.
The SLQS Certification In-Service will also be offered at the conference. System Leaders, other than the superintendent, and who have taken the LQS Certification In-service are eligible to participate in the SLQS Certification In-Service. (The SLQS Certification In-Service will also be offered at the CASS/ASBOA Summer Conference as well as other times to be determined.) Updates about the Certification In-Service Programs can be found at https://cassalberta.ca/conferences-workshops/in-service-certification/
*System Leaders are the only ones eligible to take SLQS In-Service and it was determined by the Ministry that a system leader has to complete LQS before they take SLQS.
As a result of attending you will have the opportunity to:
- Enhance your leadership capacity based on the LQS or SLQS certification In-service outcomes.
- Receive “Leadership Certification” or “Superintendent Certification” from the Ministry for completion of the two-day In-service.
The conference program will accommodate In-service delegates with the opportunity to participate in all conference keynotes and the Role – Alike and World Café sessions on Friday.
Conference Keynotes (see Keynote Descriptions Tab)
Wednesday, March 20 – Conference Opening & Organizational Wellness Keynote
Is Your Wellness Strategy Burning You Out? Transforming Culture Through Mindful Leadership Practices with Deborah Connors
Thursday, March 21
Unleashing Learning with Dr.Santiago Rincón-Gallardo
Thursday, March 21 – CASS/Alberta Education Concurrent Sessions
(if not attending the LQS or SLQS Certification In-service)
Based on positive interest identified in the recent survey about offering the LQS and SLQS Certification In-service at the conference, concurrent sessions will include a focus on the needs of Chief Superintendents.
Friday, March 22
Role – Alike Sessions provide system leaders and opportunity to connect with colleagues focused on similar areas of work. (e.g., Chief Superintendent, Curriculum/Assessment, Technology, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Inclusive Education, Human Resources, Wellness and CASS Like Members.
A World Café will be offered to allow for learning and sharing from colleagues around problems of practice identified by members.
For further information, please contact Val Olekshy, Director of Leadership Learning firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote Descriptions and Biographies
Is Your Wellness Strategy Burning You Out?
Transforming Culture Through Mindful Leadership Practices
For many, work is about surviving, not thriving. It doesn’t have to be that way. Drawing on the latest research in the areas of organizational health, positive organizational scholarship, psychological capital and compassionate leadership, Deborah will share with you why it is so important to be positively deviant at work. She will lead you through the principles of positive organizing and offer a new and different perspective to creating a flourishing culture where people can contribute their best. She shares stories of positive change from her book, “A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture” which is based on in-depth interviews she conducted with experts from around the world. The research shows the strong connection between workplace culture and organizational success; the overwhelming evidence that we can increase positivity and resilience in individuals, teams and organizations through daily practices; and how evidence-based leadership practices build positive sustainable change. Deborah will leave you with five simple practices that you can implement immediately in your next meeting or conversation that, over time, can begin to shift the culture of your organization.
A captivating speaker, storyteller, author and workplace coach, Deborah Connors researches the latest breakthroughs in organizational health and culture around the globe. She has interviewed many of the leading thinkers, which forms the basis of her work: teaching leaders how to radically shift culture so that people can flourish.
She is a prominent figure in the story of how Canadian workplaces have become better places to work through her development of The Better Workplace Conference, which she successfully led for 17 years. This powerful initiative created a whole generation of workplace health professionals and a huge community of practice.
She speaks about how to shift practices in the workplace to create environments that allow for more creativity, innovation, engagement and fun.
In her book “A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture” released in February, 2018, she has distilled the knowledge of hundreds of thought-leaders she brought together each year, combining it with her own leadership experience to provide practical advice for transformative workplace change. Deborah holds a BSC (Nutrition) and an MPE (Health Promotion). She is a certified CMHA Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and Mental Health Works Facilitator, and a proud member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.
Thursday (morning and afternoon), March 21, 2019
Superintendents and their teams play a crucial role in moving Alberta’s education system towards the future. While their roles are increasingly complex they also have the potential to unleash tremendous reservoirs of talent and expertise that reside in the natural inclination of young people and adults to learn deeply. Santiago will discuss how superintendents can liberate learning in their districts and across the provincial education system, with special attention to their essential role in leading from the middle, liberating and supporting those they lead, collaborating and connecting with their peers, and leveraging and influencing the larger education system. Santiago’s research with Mexico, the state of California and the province of Ontario, brings “lessons learned” based on next practices leaders have taken to lead learning.
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo is an education consultant and Chief Research Officer with Michael Fullan’s team. He conducts research and advises system leaders and educators on advancing whole system reform for instructional improvement. Santiago worked for over a decade promoting grassroots pedagogical innovation in Mexican public schools serving historically marginalized communities. His academic work explores how effective pedagogies for deep learning can spread at scale. Santiago holds an Ed.D on Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice and an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two sons.
Conference Reading and Resource Materials
Deborah Connors Transforming Culture Through Mindful Leadership Practices
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Liberating Learning: Chapter 4 – Occupy the Pedagogical Arena
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Essential Features of Effective Networks in Education
Deborah Connors “Be Positive” Blog
Conference Highlights share a summary of school authority meetings with Fullan and Rincón-Gallardo.Fullan and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo past presentation materials
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To register for the Retirement Banquet, click here.
Congratulations to the following CASS members whose retirement will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21
- *Dr. Bonnie Annicchiarico
- *Joe Colistro
- *Evan Dearden
- *Cathy Fielden
- *Richard Fox
- *Daryl Hoey
- Kathryn Kirby
- *Lorelie Lenaour
- *Brian Macauley
- *Sheila Macleod
- *Dr. Ronna Mosher
- *Dr. Nolen Olsen
- *Dr. Lori Pamplin
- *Brant Parker
- *Dr. Dennis Parsons
- *Laurie Pelkie
- *Kevin Pittman
- Pam Rannelli
- *Danny Roberts
- *Greg Roberts
- *Mike Ross
- *Ken Sommerfeldt
- Dr. Cindi Vaselenak
- *Pat Wortington
- *Kevin Wttewaal
- *Dr. Norman Yanitski
*unable to attend
CASS Professional Learning Goal – 2019-20
Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.
March 20 (evening) - 22, 2019
Conference occurs at the Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton
10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW
Parking will be provided at no charge to all delegates who attend the CASS/Alberta Education Annual Learning Conference and/or Pre-Conference. Guests of the Chateau Lacombe will register their vehicles when checking in. Delegates who are not staying at the Chateau Lacombe will be asked to register their vehicles on a sheet that will be located adjacent to the registration table.
Guest may also call the hotel direct and book under the College of AB School Superintendents (CASS) Guestroom Block
CASS hotel rate of $135.00 night, which includes parking
Please note: Guestrooms must be booked by February 22, 2019 (extended)