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2021 VIRTUAL Start Right Program for Beginning School Leaders

General Information

General Resources and Presentation Materials

Teaching Quality Standard
Leadership Quality Standard
Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard
LQS: Alberta Teachers Association  Self Reflection Tool
Fort McMurray Public LQS Professional Growth Plan
Holy Spirit Adaptation of CASS Practice Profile for School Authority System Leaders

The College of Alberta School Superintendents’ (CASS) 23rd Annual Start Right course for newly appointed school principals, assistant/vice-principals, and aspiring leaders.

Schedule (more details forthcoming)

8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Launch into the Day!
9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Session Learning and Collaboration
3:45 p.m. – Session Evaluation

Program Features

The Start Right course is designed to bring participants together as a leadership learning community with a focus on providing opportunities for:

  • Exploring and experiencing the Leadership Quality Standard competencies;
  • Reflecting, sharing ideas and building on school leadership experiences and best practices;
  • Gaining new ideas and resources through engaging presentations and interactive learning activities facilitated by educational leaders with a wealth of school and school system experience;
  • Meaningfully addressing issues and challenges encountered by school leaders and developing practical strategies for action;
  • Networking with colleagues from other school jurisdictions;
  • Establishing through participation in cohorts a forum for building relationships, learning with and from each other, and an opportunity for continuing to offer support and assistance as an extension of the workshop learning experience;
  • Extending the learning experience through university graduate coursework, if desired;
  • Enhancing a personal understanding and approach to educational leadership and practice profile;
  • Further developing a vision for successful school leadership; and
  • Providing practical support for the 2021-2022 school year through email advice and articles.

Arrangements can be made through Alberta universities to extend the Start Right 2021 learning experience for graduate level course credit.  Participants will be required to pay a tuition fee to the university and to meet additional course requirements. Individuals who are interested in receiving more information in regarding university course credit may contact Colleen Symyrozum-Watt at 587 879-7026 or symwatt.colleen@gmail.com.

Day 1

Tuesday, July 6

Resources and Presentation Materials

Day 2

Wednesday, July 7

Resources and Presentation Materials


Day 3

Thursday, July 8

Resources and Presentation Materials

Day 4

Friday, July 9

Resources and Presentation Materials


University Graduate Coursework

Information coming soon…


The registration fee is $525.00 (includes GST). Registration is limited to 100 participants.


Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice in newly appointed or aspiring school leaders.


July 6 - 9, 2021


Online through Zoom