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2020 CASS Annual Learning Conference

54th CASS Annual Learning Conference

Conference Details

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CASS Leadership Excellence: Alberta Stories of Practice

“The Alberta ECS / K – 12 education system is fundamental to a democratic society and must provide all students with a foundation for lifelong learning and citizenship. System educational leaders play a critical role to ensure quality school leadership, quality teaching and optimum learning for all students in Alberta.

CASS Strategic Plan 2020/2023

The CASS Annual Learning Conference provides an opportunity for system educational leaders to continue to grow based on learning from and with their colleagues.

CASS Leadership Excellence: Alberta Stories of Practice are intended to highlight the role of system leaders and share practices based on the Alberta context.  Based on the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard, (SLQS) the annual conference will provide an opportunity to highlight Barry Litun’s  “CASS Leadership Excellence” and Dr. Scott Morrison’s “Alberta Story of Practice” as ways to highlight system and provincial leadership. CASS members continue to share that coming together to network and collaborate provides an opportunity to learn from and with one another – especially during times when the context may require critical and creative thinking.

Please see the program book for complete conference session offerings and as a means of identifying those sessions you wish to register for.

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Keynote Descriptions and Biographies

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020 (7:15 – 8:15 P.M.)

A Story of Connection, Culture and Change

After a career serving in several educational positions, Barry accepted the role of CASS Executive Director and began a new chapter of his story of practice. If you know Barry, you know he naturally and authentically shares his experiences and wisdom through storytelling drawing you into wanting to hear more.

Story is powerful. Story is where we came from and where we are going. In this opening keynote, you will hear Barry share stories from his acquired library, which will be informative, memorable and no doubt make you chuckle. In a conversation with CASS President Bevan Daverne, Barry will share how he has made meaningful moments in between the pages and chapters of his leadership legacy. CASS Leadership Excellence Exemplified!

 Barry Litun

Growing up Chipman, I was about 12 years old when I watched the movie, “To Sir with Love,” and from that moment I believed the best job in the world would be as a teacher.  I completed my B. Ed at the University of Alberta and my Master’s Degree at the University of Victoria. The summers studying in Victoria, accompanied by my wife Gail and two young sons Justin and Adam are extremely memorable, and indicative of the support I have received from my family throughout my career in education.

I began my career in Lamont, teaching primarily physical education and math. I was able to coach virtually every sport offered, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. After four years as vice principal at Lamont High School, I was provided the opportunity to serve as principal for Hilltop High School in Whitecourt. After five years, our family moved to Red Deer where I was the vice principal and then principal for Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.

I joined the Central Services team with Red Deer Public as Deputy Superintendent for three years and beginning in 2006 I had the honor to serve as Superintendent for Lethbridge School District. I had the opportunity to complete a four-year term on the provincial CASS executive, including a year as President in 2010/11. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all parts of our province during that year and meeting the dedicated system leaders that make Alberta’s education system one of the very best in the world.

Upon “retirement” from Lethbridge School District in 2013, I was provided the opportunity to become the Executive Director for CASS. The past seven years have been extremely rewarding and I believe that CASS will continue to be an integral partner in the education landscape of our province.

Barry is married to Gail, and they have two sons: Justin (Kealy) in Edmonton and Adam (Erin) in Houston. Justin and Kealy are the parents to Noah & Everett, Barry & Gail’s two grandchildren.

THURSDAY     /     APRIL 23, 2020 (8:15 – 8:45 A.M.)

That’s My Story, and I’m Leading With It

Scott will share several stories and then explore what the literature says about why organizational stories convey leadership beliefs better than policy, rhetoric, or statistics. Scott will explain why stories can influence those in a superintendent’s organization, while also serving as a mechanism for CASS members to learn from one another.

Dr. Scott Morrison is the Superintendent of Christ the Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools, serving approximately 10,000 students in Okotoks, High River, Brooks, Strathmore, Canmore, Drumheller, and Oyen. Scott has been an educator for over 30 years, serving as a secondary classroom teacher, an elementary school principal, a high school principal, a division principal, and an associate superintendent. Scott is also a sessional instructor in educational psychology at St. Mary’s University in Calgary and a Leadership Quality Standards instructor with CASS, St. Mary’s University, and the University of Calgary. Scott has a B.Ed. from the University of Lethbridge, an MA from Gonzaga University, and an Ed.D. from Taft University.  Scott has presented dozens of professional development workshops on the topics of organizational storytelling, academic achievement, creating safe and caring schools, classroom management, and educational leadership. Scott has also been a presenter at CASS’s Start Right and Leading for Learning conferences for over a decade.

Conference Reading and Resource Materials

CASS FALL 2019 Reading and Resource Materials

The intent of CASS Learning Guides is to apply research, deepen understanding and enhance professional practice within the Alberta context.  With a focus on optimum learning for all students, a Learning Guide provides an opportunity to grow system leader knowledge, resulting in quality school leadership and quality teaching throughout Alberta. Learning Guides include a summary of the resource, connections to the Alberta context and suggested questions for reflection and dialogue.

CASS Learning Guide on Essential Features of Effective Networks in Education CASS Learning Guide on Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement

Presenter Contacts and Resource Materials

World Café Discussion

Fall 2019 CASS Role Alike Summary

Previous Learning with  Rincón-Gallardo – March 2019


Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Liberating Learning: Chapter 4 – Occupy the Pedagogical Arena
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Essential features of Effective Networks in Education

Fullan and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo past presentation materials


Conference Supporters


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CAREERS: The Next Generation is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to enable youth on their path to rewarding careers. In working with our school partners, together we connect high school students with employers for paid internships.  This hands-on learning complements the classroom by allowing youth to explore in-demand opportunities, earn credits towards graduation and in some cases, get a head start on their future career.  CAREERS provides value to schools by supporting off-campus education and career integrated learning.  Together, we are creating strong vibrant communities where youth develop successful careers.


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March 20, 2020

Your health and safety are of paramount importance to us. To comply with Alberta Health’s efforts to keep the COVID-19 outbreak under control, this event has been cancelled.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Congratulations to the following CASS members whose retirement will be celebrated on Thursday, April 23

  • Bob Allen
  • *Barb Brochu
  • *Jeannie Everett
  • Chris Farquharson
  • Manny Ferreirinha
  • Michael Hauptman
  • *Stu Henry
  • *Brett Huculak
  • *Metro Huculak
  • *Dalene Imeson
  • Cathy McCauley
  • *Glenn McClure
  • *Doug Nicholls
  • Nick Radujko
  • Chris Smeaton
  • *Lissa Steele
  • Gary Strother
  • Colleen Symyrozum-Watt
  • Dr. Norman Yanitski (retired in 2018-2019)

*unable to attend

Retirees on this list are the retirees that gave CASS explicit permission to be acknowledged.


CASS Professional Learning Goal – 2019-20

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


April 22 (evening) - 24, 2020


Conference occurs at the Fantasyland Hotel,
17700-87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Reservations can be made by calling (780) 444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783. MUST mention that you are attending the CASS/Alberta Education FNMI Conference 2020 or provide the group code number 6712646 to receive the negotiated rate of $159.00/night + tax.

Special rates will be valid until March 21, 2020.