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Assurance Framework – CASS Supports for Implementation

Details and Background

Alberta Education’s assurance framework offers an opportunity to model CASS leadership excellence based on demonstrating to stakeholders and communities that the education system is meeting the needs of students.

From p.17 of Alberta Education Funding Manual for School Authorities 2020/21

CASS will support the implementation of the assurance framework based on the Board of Directors’ direction, member needs and requests. The outcome and intent of the work is to create assurance framework professional learning resources and opportunities to support the growth of  school authority leaders based on the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS).

All learning opportunities will highlight the work of school authorities who have been involved with different stages of implementation. The learning opportunities will provide participants time to work on their own plans and processes to  support assurance framework  implementation.

Background:

“Assurance is achieved through relationship building and engagement between education partners and by creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement and collective responsibility.” From Theory to Practice – Alberta Education CASS Fall Conference presentation by Anthony Warren, Senior Manager, School Authority Accountability System Assurance Branch.

CASS Resource Library Learning Guide including recording of session offered. https://cassalberta.ca/resources/resource-library/

Assurance Framework as identified in the Alberta Education 2020-21 Funding Manual, Section B and K. https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/8f3b4972-4c47-4009-a090-5b470e68d633/resource/341e10f6-7c5d-4a9e-922f-0f1f75a8a0f4/download/edc-funding-manual-2020-2021-school-year-june-2020.pdf

Session One

January 26, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Approaches to Strategic Planning and Reporting

  • Planning Cycle
  • Planning Principles
  • Establishing Priorities
  • Education Plan Components
  • Creating Alignment – the Non-Negotiables
  • Resources

School Authority System Leaders/Facilitators

Ahmad Jamal ElRafih
Jamal ElRafih came to Canada in 1976. He attended Crescent Heights High School as an ESL student. He received his Bsc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Calgary. He also received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. He has been very fortunate to have been part of the success as well as the challenges Almadina faced from 1996. From the beginning, he was involved as an educational advisor to the founding members of Almadina. He was also the AISI coordinator, some of the projects. He worked on included Literacy Strategies for the ESL Learner, Inquiry Based learning Math and Science, also Improving Language Acquisition through Fine Arts. He became Vice Principal and then the Principal for the Almadina Ogden Campus in 2004. In 2019 Mr. ElRafih was selected to be the Superintendent of Schools.


Greg Luterbach is serving his 5th year as Superintendent with Rocky View Schools (RVS) based in Airdrie, AB. RVS has been part of the Assurance Pilot since before Greg joined RVS in 2016.

Greg served five years as Superintendent in BC prior to joining RVS in 2016. He has worked in K-12 education in Saskatchewan, BC and Alberta and in the private sector and post-secondary world as well.


Michael McMann is the Superintendent of Schools for the Fort Vermilion School Division. Among others, he has held the positions of teacher, school-based administrator, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent over his 20+ years in the education field. Throughout his career, Mike has worked fervently to improve schools, including a significant focus on increasing educational opportunities for students. Michael is a Dare to Lead Facilitator under the leadership of Brene Brown.

Session Two

February 9, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Stakeholder Engagement & Communication

  • Public Participation Goals
  • Engagement Models/Plans
  • Resources
  • Supporting Communication throughout the process

School Authority System Leaders/Facilitators
To be confirmed

Session Three

February 23, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Creating a Data Culture – Know Your Data

  • Available Data Sets
  • New Data Sets
  • Outcome Driven Performance Measures
  • Data Management/Tools
  • Resources

School Authority System Leaders/Facilitators
To be confirmed

Session Four

March 3, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Local Context and Measures – Know your School Authority

  • Your Societal and Local context
    • Priorities
    • Outcomes
    • Strategies
    • Measures

School Authority System Leaders/Facilitators
To be confirmed

Please choose the appropriate registration button.
$40 for each individual session or $140 for all. 

Goal:

The outcome/intent of these learning opportunities is to:

Create assurance framework professional learning resources and opportunities to support the growth of  school authority leaders based on the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS).

 

Date(s):

Various dates; see tabs for more information

Location:

Online / Virtual