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2019 CASS Fall Conference

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Conference Details

Keynote: A Legacy of Caring, Compassion and Character
Eva Olsson

Dr. Eva Olsson uses the Holocaust and her experiences in it as a springboard to discuss the following key issues:

  1. The power of hate and the need to stop it wherever it occurs. She focuses on bullying in society, which has become an especially big problem.
  2. The importance of not being a bystander when bad things are happening. Evil thrives when good people stand back and let it happen. People must stand together to oppose evil. Students are reminded of the impact of their behaviour on others.
  3. The importance of having compassion and respect for self and others -It must go beyond mere tolerance. Young citizens have to see these qualities displayed by the adults in their lives, especially at home and in their schools..
  4. Every parent, teacher, coach, student, politician, and business person alike, has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership to ensure their community is a safe, compassionate and accepting place to live in.

Eva’s PowerPoint presentation contains pictures from the Holocaust and pictures taken when she retraced her life in 2007, visiting her birthplace and three concentration camps.

Keynote: Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo

Turning our schools into vibrant places for learning and living examples of the societies we aspire to become will require deep and widespread cultural change in classrooms, schools, and entire educational systems. Throughout history, social movements have been the most powerful vehicles for widespread cultural change, and in their logic of operation lie the keys to liberating learning. Building on his previous keynote at the Annual conference, Santiago will discuss the importance of deliberately transforming the pedagogical core, creating cultures of robust collaboration within and between school divisions, and leveraging and influencing the larger education system. Furthermore, he will offer key principles of action to turn leadership into a vehicle to liberate learning across Alberta.

Santiago will also offer follow up concurrent sessions and have time available to meet with school authority teams.  He will also offer a concluding keynote based on “witnessing” CASS members learning and reflecting research based on the Alberta context.






Eva Olsson is a survivor of the Holocaust. 61 years ago, she experienced several extermination camps including the most notorius, Auschwitz. She survived the Holocaust, along with her sister, however her entire family was gone. She was born in Szatsmar, Hungary in October 1924 into a poor family of Hasidic Jews. “I cannot live in the past, but I must live with it. Perhaps writing my story will weaken the hold the past has had on me.” Olsson says since 1996 she began rediscovering her story to several schools, univeristies, colleges, and churches.

Eva Olsson has also received several awards including honor Doctorate Degree in Education, Excellence in Education Award, Women of Distinction Award, Peacemaker of the Year Award, and United Nations Guest Speaker. She has also published a book about her experiences Unlocking Doors, and a CD entitled Stronger than Fire. The novel is becoming a Canadian bestseller. Dr. Eva Olsson continues to share her story across North America, intending to touch future generations on reoccuring themes of today such as racism and prejudices.

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



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The edsembli name speaks to our passion for the education sector and our commitment to bring together and assemble an ecosystem of services that school boards depend on. Our team is dedicated to creating processes that unlock the potential of existing educational information data. Working with our clients we build creative and effective ways to assemble information and transform boards through better and faster decision making.”

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OES Wellness Group Inc. is a company that is dedicated to bringing Canadians the best in health and well-being. OES’s selection of personal wireless TENS/EMS unit for pain relief, core and muscles strengthening has many bases covered.  One of which OES is the Official Canadian Distributor, that has been approved by Health Canada as a Class II Medical Device. OES also has a selection of hot/cold therapies a reusable pad or towels.  Specific items for specific ailments, back, shoulder, feet, or hands.  Warranties complete the experience. There are many other products that OES has offered such as hair products and styling tools, Infrared Anti Aging Devices, Creams, Steamers, and essential oils.

For the past 6 years, OES Wellness has been exhibiting IQ Massagers for the teachers well being, which in turn aids to less stress and then to fulfillment towards students and a better learning environment.

ARTA has one of the best voluntary Retiree Benefits Plans in Canada. Established in 1995, the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan offer.  Options for different levels of coverage for Extended Health Care (EHC), with or without Emergency Travel coverage, and for different levels of coverage for Dental Care. The many options provide the freedom to select the coverage level that’s right for members and their families.  ARTA is a member-centred organization, proactively identifying the needs of its present and future membership and providing information about programs and services to meet these needs.

Pearson is Canada’s leading educational publisher, developing resources for all core curriculum subjects K­–12. Pearson Canada’s innovative learning solutions are created in collaboration with Canadian educators, with an emphasis on pedagogy, efficacy, and best-in-class content. Pearson Canada sees the diversity of Canada’s students as a strength and is committed to developing a full array of core curriculum, supplementary, assessment, professional, and early learning resources to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, and in their own ways. Pearson Canada represents leading professional learning educators from Canada and around the world, including Heinemann, Pearson ERPI, Annick Press, Teacher Created Materials (TCM), Taanishi, Routledge Press, and more.


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CASS Professional Learning Goal – 2019-20

Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.


November 6 (evening) - 8, 2019


Conference occurs at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino 1000, 11500 – 35 Street SE Calgary, Alberta T2Z 3W4

Group code: TJCASS19, Service Plus CASS–2648 or state “with CASS or College of Alberta School Superintendents”.

Reservations may be made by calling toll free: 1-888-875-4667 or hotel direct: 403-236-7529, by email: reservations@dfic.ca or online: www.deerfootinn.com (enter dates on first page, will redirect to next page, click “add code”, click “group attendee”, enter group code , click “complete reservation” and proceed with personal information)