Journal

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

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

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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October 19th Learning Specialist Meeting

Agenda 12:00-12:20 Lunch and Chat December 5 and Idea Quest Reflection  What happened? What's next? How might we use this data to inform our work?  Visit Chaordix and offer feedback to ideas provided by teachers. Do you see a place for your expertise in the feedback?...

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Farming, Foods and Futures

Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s mindset W.A.I.T. Why am I talking? Take Risks and Fail Forward Make Learning Visible Big Ideas What is our connection to food? Where does our food come from? How is food connected to culture?  a...

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Four Year Plan – Oct 5th Agenda

Introduction: Greg? Welcome. Today: 3 phases 1) The 4YP: Past, Present & Future + Divisional Narrative 2) Digging Deeper: What do students need? How are we currently meeting those needs? HMW meet them in new ways? 3) Critiquing the Plan: Provide feedback...

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Four Year Plan- Community Partner Review

Review and critique learning narrative, goals and outcomes with educational and business partners. Identify how Rocky View Schools can support the community in building a network of partners. Click here to learn about our Ground Rules for...

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Thinking AND Doing with Manachaban Middle school.

Agenda: Taylor Institute University of Calgary 08:45am Coffee and networking 09:00am Making, Maker Spaces and our shared experiences 09:15am Creating the Conditions for Thinking AND Doing. Rethreading the rope.  https://youtu.be/E5HtCQZ_Qc8?t=2m10s 09:35am...

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Sept 18th – Fall Idea Incubator

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other and collaborate. Driving...

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October 5, 2018

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Learning Specialist Meeting September 14

  Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s mindset W.A.I.T. Why am I talking? Take Risks and Fail Forward Make Learning Visible How might we design effective professional learning for the Rocky View Connected Communities? How will we walk...

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Fireside School School-Based PL Day Agenda

Big Idea: Learning Design comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, including Project-Based Learning. There are ties that bind all good Learning Design. Today we'll explore those ties and build common language around an approach to PBL that honours our...

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Team Leadership- RVS 2023 by Design Agenda

Share the Draft Narrative with leadership team Share Goal statements and graphic Share the year preview in developing our next 4 year plan Be Fully Present: put 100% of your focus on the task at hand and sequence to tasks in a row, as opposed to splitting...

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June 28 – 4YP Review of Process

Timeline generator Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and Channel your inner Roy Group coach and coachee. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort and have an awareness of your...

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June 14 – Trustee Update on 4YP

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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June 7 – Designing your Professional Learning

Driving Questions: How might we use collaborative processes and protocols in developing a vision for our school for the 2017/18 school year? What are the Priority Areas of Focus in your school? What are the pillars of your school community? What supports, initiatives,...

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Design Thinking Symposium- June 6

Big Idea: When working collaboratively, design thinking offers norms, tools and processes to inspire creativity, productivity and reflection. Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded,...

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Spring Exhibitions in Rocky View

RVS learning design team works with teachers and leaders in Rocky View Schools to define the learning needs of stakeholders and to collaboratively tackle design challenges. We begin with field experiences in order to develop empathy for the people for whom...

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Build. Grow. Learn. Together. June 15

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. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons...

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Four Year Plan Drafting: June 8

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. Planning in education is an essential part of ensuring...

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RockyTalks | Mechatronics 2018

RockyTalks Mechatronics 2018   These student-produced stories share what learning looks like in the WH Croxford Mechatronics Academy. In particular, the students talk about their Passion Projects, from blacksmithing to fabrication to coding, as well as their...

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Indus Mobile Escape PL

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. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons...

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