2019 CASS / ASBOA Summer Learning Conference
All CASS and ASBOA members are invited to participate in the annual province-wide Summer Learning Conference, scheduled for August 13 (evening) – 16, 2019 at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. The Conference will provide an opportunity for in-depth learning based on “Professional Learning Modules” during a family-friendly event in beautiful Kananaskis Country.
Professional Learning Modules are designed to deepen and apply system leaders’ professional practice with opportunities to examine Alberta context through a community of inquiry approach based on research. (Coherent with the SLQS professional practice and/or the ASBOA professional practice standards.) Learning modules begin with a focus on personal capacity leading to the valuable role system leaders play in supporting quality school leadership and teaching to create optimum learning for all students in Alberta.
While this professional learning design is separate from the Leadership Certification work, the Ministry and selected Post Secondaries Institutions are currently building, delegates will have the opportunity to complete the Superintendent Leadership Certification In-Service at the summer conference. Attending the SLQS In-service will provide the certification required to hold a Chief Superintendent position in Alberta after September 1, 2019.
Professional Learning Modules that are being offered are:
- Visionary Leadership
- Supporting Effective Governance
- Ethical Leadership in Education
- Leading for Inclusion
- Employment Law for HR Leaders in Education
as well as the SLQS Certification In-Service
A list of activities that delegates, and family members may participate in the afternoon of August 15 is available via the hotel website on under the “explore” tab. These include canoeing, guided hiking, cycling, horseback riding, rock climbing, etc. https://lodgeatkananaskis.com/
The 2nd annual Golf tournament during the CASS / ASBOA Summer Learning Conference is scheduled the afternoon of Thursday, August 15. The details are still being finalized, but 72 tee times can be reserved; 36 at the Mt. Lorette course and 36 at the Mt. Kid course.
Because the commitment becomes a financial obligation after June 21st, it is necessary to ask those planning to golf to make payment on or before that date. To reserve one or more tee times, please call/email Laurel Knowles in the CASS/ ASBOA office at (780) 451-7119 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Module Descriptions
This course will provide CASS and ASBOA members with a foundation to understand human resources law in the education sector. Attendees will gain a strong understanding of the extent of teacher and non-teacher rights, the rights of the school jurisdictions and potential liabilities including discipline, suspensions and termination of employment in the education sector.
Additionally, the course will analyze key labour law issues, dispute resolution mechanisms typically utilized in such workplaces, privacy issues in the workplace, including use of medical notes, and finally, investigations in the workplace.
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
Participants in the Human Resources Module will develop and apply strategies to:
- Identify and interpret workplace (employment, labour, human rights and privacy) laws in the education sector;
- Develop a sound understanding of basic hiring practices in the education sector;
- Develop a sound understanding of the key components of teacher and non-teacher employment contracts;
- Develop a sound understanding of the key components of teacher discipline, suspensions and termination in Alberta;
- Develop a sound understanding of human rights’ requirements of employers and employees within the education sector;
- Develop a sound understanding of the basic School Act and common law workplace requirements within Alberta school jurisdictions;
- Develop a sound understanding of current legal privacy-related requirements of Alberta school jurisdictions within the workplace under FOIP;
- Develop a sound understanding of current legal requirements for the conduct of workplace investigations within Alberta school jurisdictions.
- Compare the legal obligations and processes for unionized and non-unionized workplace within Alberta school jurisdictions.
SLQS Competency: A superintendent of schools, as referred to in the School Act, as chief executive officer of the board and chief education officer of the school authority, provides the board with information, advice, and support required for the fulfillment of its governance role, and reports to the Minister on all matters required of the superintendent as identified in the School Act and other provincial legislation.
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
Participants in the Supporting Effective Governance Module will develop and apply strategies to:
- work within a contextually appropriate policy governance model to establish and sustain a productive working relationship with the board, based on mutual trust, respect, and integrity.
- engage in ongoing education for board members and jurisdiction leaders to foster collaboration, reciprocity, and interdependency among professionals, trustees, and the wider community.
- support trustee participation in assessing community values and interests and mobilizing parents and the wider community in supporting the school authority’s education plan to optimize learning for all students.
Session A: Research Overview, Stories of Alberta Practice, Legislation Framework, Governance Models, Canada and Alberta Context
Session B: Dual Role of Alberta Superintendent, CASS organization support, Coherence Making for Mutual Benefit, Valuable Role of Leading from the Middle
Session C: Fostering Collaboration, Politics of Governance, Competency Indicators
Session D: Action Planning/lessons learned: Competency Overview, CASS Practice Profile
This purpose of this course is to provide participants in leadership positions with an understanding and means of using ethical decision-making processes which will serve them well in defending a personal decision or school board policy, and its application, in the public square.
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will:
- A working knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of all ethical action
- Focus on the application of ethical analysis to ethical quandaries faced by and created by school business officials and superintendents
Upon successful completion of this course, ASBOA members may use towards the CSBO designation requirements.
Wednesday morning – 9:00 – 11:45 am = Session A: Ethics – the Theory
Wednesday afternoon 1:00 – 4:00 pm = Session B: Ethics & the Concept of Leadership
Thursday morning 9:00 – 11:45 am = Session C: The Idea of Professional Ethics
Friday morning 9:00-10:30 am = Session D: Living Cases- Application of Ethics
SLQS Competency: A superintendent engages with the school community in implementing a vision of a preferred future for student success, based on common values and beliefs.
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop and apply research-informed strategies to:
- Engage the school community in contributing to and understanding the vision, mission and other pertinent organizational statements.
- Ensure that organizational statements are expressed in the school authority’s education plan and is responsive to the ongoing review of the districts’ achievements, meets all requirements identified in provincial legislation, incorporates the school communities perspective and is informed by research on effective learning.
Session A: Research Overview, Alberta Stories of Practice, Practice and Research Review
Session B: Organizational statements, Applying the research/public participation
Session C: Community Engagement Strategies, Research, AERR and 3 Year plan – using data to measure impact of Organizational statements
Session D: Action planning/Lessons Learned: Competency Overview, CASS Practice Profile
Leading for Inclusion within a jurisdiction requires competence in the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard and the Leadership Quality Standard. All levels of leadership development ultimately have a focus on supporting the core work of jurisdictions – providing quality learning for ALL students within inclusive learning environments. This module will provide participants with an inclusion lens for their professional leadership development within each of the professional practice competencies.
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop and apply strategies to:
- strengthen their abilities to develop and sustain inclusive environments in which diversity is embraced and all members of the school community are welcomed, safe, cared for, and respected as required by the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (Alberta Education, 2018, p. 2)
- examine the relationship between the competencies for the Superintendent Quality Standard and the Leadership Quality Standard and those needed to lead inclusive educational systems
- examine educational practices through which superintendents and their leadership teams implement and sustain inclusive educational learning environments within their jurisdiction and determine evidence of success of inclusion in practice
Session A: How has education evolved to respond to societal changes?
Session B: What is an ideal inclusive education system?
Session C: What are the problems of practice and possible solutions to implementing Alberta’s Inclusive Education Policy and Principles of Inclusive Education?
Session D: What evidence provides assurance that educational practices in jurisdictions effectively support inclusive learning environments?
Attending the SLQS In-service will provide the certification required to hold a Chief Superintendent position in Alberta after September 1, 2019.
Participants who plan to attend the SLQS Certification In-Service must register for the CASS/ASBOA conference as well as at the Leadership Certification site https://abedleadershipcert.ca
Module Specific Learning Outcomes
By attending this learning opportunity, participants will enhance their:
- Ongoing analysis of the context as a superintendent,
- Decision making about what knowledge and abilities to apply and
- Ability to support quality school leadership and teaching and create optimum learning for all students in the school authority.
Certification In-Service Overview
Session A: SLQS Overview, Context Matters, Whereas Statements, Common Language, Decisions About What Knowledge and Abilities to Apply
Sessions B: Influences on Context and Decision Making, Alberta Stories of Practice, Case Studies and Problems of Practice, Reflection on Practice and Growth
Session C: Roles and Complexity of Decision Making to Create Optimum Learning, Case Studies related to Professional Growth, Innovation, System Improvement and Governance
Session D: Shaping Learning, Case studies about learning environments for Indigenous Students, LGBTQ Students and Visionary Leadership, Reflecting on Growth
Learning Modules are designed to deepen and apply system leaders professional practice with opportunities to examine Alberta context through a community of inquiry approach based on research. Learning modules begin with a focus on personal capacity leading to the valuable role system leaders play in supporting quality school leadership and teaching to create optimum learning for all students in Alberta.
Professional learning modules are informed by Alberta, Canadian, and international research on high performing school districts.
This form of professional learning requires a high level of learner commitment. Participants will be asked to draw upon their professional experiences, analyze case scenarios, and collaboratively examine research to design action plans that address self-identified problems of system leadership practice.
Who Should Attend?
Superintendent and system leaders interested in building their own and as a result others capacity. In-depth learning is intended to change practice and positively impact student learning and school authority success.
Participants in the CASS/ASBOA Professional Learning Modules will
- Enhance their capacity to draw upon research-informed, interrelated sets of knowledge, skills, and attitudes (competencies) and apply these to their particular leadership contexts in order to support quality leadership, teaching and optimum learning.
- Contribute to the career-long improvement of their professional leadership through enhanced understanding of evidence-informed self-reflection, collaborative inquiry, complex problem solving, and job-embedded application of learning.
- Strengthen their abilities to develop and sustain inclusive environments in which diversity is embraced and all members of the school community are welcomed, safe, cared for, and respected.
Reading & Resource Materials
There will be a one hour pre-reading assigned prior to the start of the program. The materials will be provided electronically to registrants prior to the program date.
A list of relevant and valuable resources will be provided.
- A copy of the “Participant Handbook for Ethics” , containing a selection of short readings, will be provided to all participants two weeks prior to the course beginning.
- Dancing on the Narrow Ridge: Superintendents’ Ethical Decision -Making – by Keith D. Walker; J. Kent Donlevy https://education.usask.ca/documents/profiles/walker/books/narrow-ridge/index.htm
- ASBOA Code of Ethics
- CASS Code of Professional Conduct
- Other relevant professional Codes of Ethics
Teresa Haykowsky (Employment Law for HR Leaders in Education)
Teresa advises on management-side labour and employment law for organizations from many different industry sectors in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut. She provides recommendations on the labour and employment aspect of day-to-day issues. Her work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, collective bargaining, draft of employment contracts, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, harassment policies and general employment policies and practices.
Teresa has appeared before every level of Court of in Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, various Human Rights Tribunals, Arbitration Boards and other administrative tribunals, including hearings before school boards of trustees.
Teresa is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Alberta in advising and representing school boards and independent schools on a wide variety of labour and education matters in respect to labour arbitrations, Board of Reference hearings, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, employment standards, sexual harassment, constitutional law, student-related issues, school closures, policy review, internal investigations and school board governance/school trustee matters.
Dr. Kent Donlevy (Ethical Leadership in Education)
Dr. Donlevy is an Associate Professor and former Associate Dean of the Graduate Division of Educational Research in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He is the Chair of the Research Ethics Appeal Board and the Grievance Advisor for the Faculty Association at that University. He teaches ethics and law, is an annual lecturer in the civil litigation course in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, as well as a frequently invited lecturer and debater at the Centre for Constitutional Studies in that Faculty. He has recently presented at the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He has a B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Educational Administration), and J.D. (University of Saskatchewan).
He has been a K-12 teacher in Saskatchewan and Alberta, a school principal, and a negotiator for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in various jurisdictions (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia), as well as two books on ethics, Working Through Ethics in Education and Leadership. and Dancing on the Narrow Ridge: Superintendents’ Ethical Decision-Making. Kent has co-authored the Guides to Alberta School Law, Saskatchewan School Law, Ontario School Law, and is currently completing, with colleagues, the Guide to PEI School Law. His most recent publication is a peer-reviewed article, A Community’s Right to Freedom of Religion: Loyola High School v. Quebec, in the Supreme Court Law Review.
He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Law Society since 1985 and, many years ago, litigated cases in provincial court (Sask.), the Court of Queen’s Bench (Sask.), and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is qualified at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench as an expert witness involving educational law in both constitutional and tortious matters.
CASS and ASBOA members will have the opportunity to complete a professional learning module, to support the work they do as System Leaders.
CASS professional learning goal for 2018-2019:
Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to further a commitment to action and support implementation of the professional practice standard(s).
August 13 (evening) – 16, 2019
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (formerly Delta Hotels Kananaskis Lodge)