Journal

We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience. 

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

May 13 – Instructional Design in the Age of RTR

Big Idea: The Real Time Reporting model for assessment and reporting student progress can be both constraining and liberating. Aligning reporting to student outcomes is a mandate from the Education Ministry. However, the Ministerial Order on Education also...

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May 9 – RVS Spring Design Commons

Be Fully Present. Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and presume a positive intention from your colleagues. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, & embrace discomfort. Be aware of your...

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Springbank Middle School- May 17, 2019

These are our ground rules for collaboration. Use student feedback to inform the School Playbook Discover and Define phases. Build staff familiarity with the LEARN Continuum. Draft captions consolidating the student and staff stakeholder feedback....

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May 8 – RVS Idea Incubator

Be Fully Present. Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and presume a positive intention from your colleagues. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, & embrace discomfort. Be aware of your...

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Learning Walks Workshop

Big Idea: Learning Walks are a provocation for conversation and personal growth We Understand that the only thing over which we have control is the quality of the work we provide our students We Agree to  a part of a reflective and supportive learning community ​...

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April 15- School Playbook Workshop.

Our design thinking process features four phases: Discover insights and user needs; Define opportunities to focus on; Develop and test possible solutions; and Document and share stories. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a...

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April 3- Superintendent Design Team on Inclusion

1. To undertake a formal review on the current status of inclusive practices in the jurisdiction. Optimally, the review will include but not be limited to: jurisdictional and school profiles of student needs, school and staff capacity, school-based collaborative...

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April 12- Learning Specialist Meeting

These are our ground rules for collaboration.  There are essential conditions for learning and innovation in RVS. We can use these LEARN principles to reflect on the design of learning throughout the division for all stakeholders. Human-centered design is all about...

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Superintendent Design Team on Professional Learning   1: 00 Call to Order 1:05 Election of school-based chair and vice chair 1:10 Approval of Agenda   Agenda 1: 15 Establish norms “Writing norms helps to create groups that are able to have honest discussions that...

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April 5- Concept Based Curriculum Follow Up Meeting

These are our ground riles for collaboration. In light of the Superintendent Design Team on Instructional Design, how might we develop, share and lead an instructional design process that honours student voice, designs for meaningful and rich curricular experiences,...

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Urban Observer: Spring Edition

May 28, 2019 at Loft 112 8:45 Introductions and Coffee 9:00 Guided Literary tour of the East Village with Lisa Murphy-Lamb 10:00 Return to Loft 112 10:15 Discover your Passion: research on your own, discover your own interests and inspiration  through a self guided...

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Sustainability Cohort with Journey 2050

Day 1: Journey 2050 Classroom in the Nutrien Western Event Centre in Stampede Park 8:45 Coffee 9:00 Introductions, 3 Day Scope & Agenda for today 9:15 Introduction to Journey 2050 with Austin Lang Resources on site and online past Sustainable Action Projects inspired...

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Thinking Strategies Workshop

Thinking Strategies Workshop 1:00 Welcome and Introductions 1:05 Pedagogical Rainforest  What makes for a “good” learning design? What are the ties that bind the many frameworks that have emerged over the years? 1:20 Phenomenological Improv 1:30 Pitch Tool 1:45...

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Elbow Valley Houses Design Day – Mar 18, 2019

How might we design a House System for our school that engages students, gives them opportunities to makes connections, and gives everyone a sense of belonging? A Short History: "Rebranding," visioning, and creating our pillars Ron Clark Academy Why...

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March 14- Concept Based Curriculum Task Force Meeting

Powerful learning design scaffolds students to transfer and building understanding by connecting concepts built on a foundation of topical exploration as they create new and original high quality deliverables to share with an authentic audience. Concepts...

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New School Narrative

Big Idea: A school narrative is an important element of the school's vision that encompasses values, vision, purpose, pedagogy, relationships, and more. It communicates to your school community and broader stakeholders: Who are we? What are we about? Where...

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Palliser District Teachers’ Convention

Rocky View Schools Year Book Check out the playlist for incredible examples of what learning looks like in Rocky View Schools. Workshop Agenda Part 1   1:15 to 2:30 1:15 Welcome and Introduction 1:25  Empathy Interview 1:35  Project Info Page 1:45  Concept based...

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RVSLA Student Feedback on the Strategic Plan

These are our ground rules for collaboration. How does the RVS Narrative resonate with you and your experience in RVS? What kinds of experiences would you hope for as schools and classrooms give students more opportunities to innovate, connect, achieve,...

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Jan 30 U of C Design Workshop

Big Idea: There are many ways to approach good learning design. Design is distinct from Planning. Planning is solution-focussed: Consider a problem, devise a solution, implement. Design is user-focussed and iterative: Learn about your end user, consider...

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Modernizing the Learning Commons- Ideation w/ RJ Hawkey

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. Cooper's Crossing Learning Commons Proposal Campfires, Caves and...

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March 18- RVS Learning Commons Facilitators

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. These are our rules for collaboration. How are spaces being designed...

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January 18 Learning Specialist Meeting

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. These are our ground rules for collaboration.  How might we enhance...

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Winter Design Commons- January 24, 2019

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. These are our ground rules for...

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January 23 Idea Incubator

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. These are our ground rules for collaboration.   How might we develop...

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RVS Connected Communities- Designing Powerful Learning

Designing Powerful Learning Big Ideas and Driving Questions How might we design learning with our staff that is engaging, meaningful and reflective? What is the Rocky View Learning Design process and how can we structure design opportunities for our staff? Walking the...

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RJ Hawkey- A Learning Commons Revisioning

These are our ground rules for participation.  How might we enhance our current and future practices as designers of powerful learning opportunities for students? Expand the space of the possible for the redesign of the Learning Commons space at RJ Hawkey...

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Mount Royal Pre-Service Teachers Design Workshop

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. These are our ground rules for participation...

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RJ Hawkey Learning Commons Redesign- January 8, 2019

These are our ground rules for collaboration. A Learning Commons is the hub and the heart of the school; a place for learners to collaborate to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and...

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December 21 Learning Specialist Meeting

These are our ground rules for collaboration. What are the draft Goals, Outcomes and Strategies in our next 4 year plan? How will these impact and evolve the work we lead in Rocky View? How might we consolidate and share our work as a department for meaningful...

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Community Connections Cohort – December 7th, 2018

Big Idea: There are many ways to approach good learning design, and the myriad frameworks often claim the be THE way to do learning. Today's approach will honour the many ways that learning can be constructed, bringing process and collaborative...

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Rocky View Health Partnership

Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones...

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Looking West to Inspire High School Redesign in RVS

Agenda   Nov 26 Visit to Thomas Haney Secondary School with principal Grant Frend Nov 27 Tour of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Farm in Delta with Farm School Manager, Caroline Chiu Nov 28 Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Jeff Hopkins, Found of PSII, Tedx...

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Community Connections Cohort

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders with innovative ideas, who imagine new possibilities for learning. Exploration, expression, and exhibition that includes community partnerships & opportunities for collaboration...

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Superintendent Working Committee Day 1 – Nov 23rd

Agenda 9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to the Superintendent Working Committee - Briefing of SWC roles & responsibilities in context of 4YP 9:20 Review RVS Idea Quest Data - What we heard? What global strategies themes emerged and what were the research processes employed in...

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Publishing with Loft 112

December 4, 2018 8:45 Introductions and Coffee 9:00 Guided Literary tour of the East Village with Lisa Murphy-Lamb 10:00 Return to Loft 112 10:15 Discover your Passion: research on your own, discover your own interests and inspiration  through a self guided tour of...

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STEAM Futures

Big Idea: There is a lack of female representation in STEAM in our classrooms and STEAM careers. Girls in STEAM is professional learning for students and teachers that aims to devise ways to encourage girls to get and stay interested in the fields of STEAM. Bias to...

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4 Year Plan Committee Meeting

Big Idea: The Rocky View Schools four year plan outlines a process for shared learning and visioning where lead measures guide the development of prototypes for teaching and learning and stories inspire the division. Shared vision for the SWC...

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Idea Quest Design Day- October 24 and November 8

Idea Quest Development @ Cochrane Corral 8:30 Doors open and Coffee, Nametags-Name, Idea 9:00 Norms, Goals, and Outcomes Phenomenological Improv 9:10 Idea Quest Pitch 10:00 Inventory Feedback Tool 10:30 Broader/Divergent Pitches become Learning Design...

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