Journal

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

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

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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Design your Professional Learning- June 7

June 7, 2018 8:45am Rocky View Schools Introduction - What Learning Looks like in Rocky View Schools https://youtu.be/Jqo8toIcoB8 9:00am Empathy Interview: What themes are you interested in pursuing? What are some memorable or powerful professional...

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Spring Design Incubator- May 11

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 role in creating...

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May 3- Designing your School’s PL Plan

May 3, 2018 08:45 Welcome and Introductions 09:00 What are the characteristics of powerful professional learning? 09:40 What are the Priorities for our Professional Learning in the 2018-19 School Year? What were some of the recent PL themes tacked in your...

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April 24 – 4 Year Plan Terms of Reference

On April 24, 2018 the executive group from Rocky View Schools met to outline the norms for the terms of reference to guide the design and development of the next 4 year plan. vision, objectives, scope and deliverables (i.e. what has to be achieved)...

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April 16- Learning Design Team Update and Visioning

April 16, 2018- Learning Design Team @ Banded Peak 9:00am Our Year in Review so far... 10:00am Identify and Expand our Network - Curriculum Redesign - Farm Roots Site Visit - Forest School Visit 10:30am Budget Update and Spring Layout 11:30am 4 Year Plan...

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May 1- Beginning our Journey Toward a New 4 Year Plan

May 1, 2018 Agenda 8:30am Coffee and Networking 8:45am Welcome to Herons Crossing, Introduction and agenda 9:00am Review and discussion of Norms (developed April 24) - Table talk about the process, Norms and which one/s you might focus on today. - Anything...

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May 7- Beginning our Journey Toward a New 4 Year Plan

May 7, 2018 Agenda 8:30am Introduction and agenda 8:40am Virtual Learning Walk: What does exemplary learning look like in Rocky Views Schools? 9:10am Empathy Interview: Describe a learning experience when you were really engaged. Partners are tasked with...

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Reflecting on Mindful Design – May 28, 2018

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. This session will focus on designing to incorporate...

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Mindfulness Design – April 30, 2018

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. This session will focus on designing to incorporate...

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Learning Specialist Meeting: March 23

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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Collaborative Design for Beginning Teachers

Big Idea: Teachers are designers of learning. Making a learning process visible, makes a practice reflect-able. Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and Channel your inner Roy...

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Living Local Cohort

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...

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Spring Design Commons

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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#UXRVS • The Locked Room

#UXRVS • The Locked Room This RockyDoc video features students from Sarah Thompson School who participated in a #UXRVS Exhibition of their own Locked Room designs that were based on books they read in class. Community Partner MOBILE ESCAPE gave guidance to...

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Kathyrn School – School Based PL Day – Mar 12, 2018

Be fully present. Assume a Beginner's Mindset. Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort. Have awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere. "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." –Aristotle...

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RVS Inspired by Maker Spaces

Big Idea: A makerspace is a place where learners can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and...

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School SEP Design for Administrators – March 6, 2018

Driving Questions: How might we use collaborative processes and protocols in developing a vision for our school for the 2018/19 school year? What are the Priority Areas of Focus in your school? What are the pillars of your school community? What supports,...

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Micro Society North Tour

" The design of a school is intrinsically linked to learning, and to even go a step further by demonstrating that design directly impacts teaching and learning." ~ The Third Teacher During the tour, the learning design team will visit a variety of...

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Inspired by Learning Commons~ Meadowbrook School

Big Idea: A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centered, physical or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play. How and in what ways could learners use the LC to facilitate their learning that would be highly engaging? What tools...

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Being & Becoming

Being and Becoming | 101min | France, 2014 Being and Becoming explores the theme of trusting children and their development, and invites us to question our learning paradigms and options. The filmmaker takes us on a journey of discovery through the US, France, the UK...

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Story Studio | Digital Publishing

Adobe Spark Workshop Build the creative confidence of yourself and your students by practicing digital storytelling skills using Adobe Spark. In this half-day workshop, you will create and publish a beautiful visual story using Adobe Spark Page, which was recently...

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Small Things Big Things

Small Things Big Things | 66 min | India, 2014   OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Hot Docs Canada/ Visions du Reel/ Lahore International Childrens Festival/ Children Film Festival Bangladesh This film is a brief 66 minutes, and it's gorgeous. The tagline is "When education...

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Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure | 80min | USA, 2015   This is a powerful film for educators to experience together, because it provokes such interesting discussion. Rocky View Schools has an Institutional Copy of the DVD of this film, which means that you can borrow it and show it in...

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School Life

School Life | 99min | UK, 2016   In Europe the film is called "In Loco Parentis", with good reason. Teachers at a boarding school are much more than teachers to these kids. So, if you're looking for a story about lives dedicated to Education, then this one, set in old...

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A Model for School Narrative

You may not have heard this yet, but École Airdrie Middle School is founded on the four UNESCO pillars of education, which are: Learning to Know Learning to Do Learning to Be Learning to Live Together In fact, EAMS has earned the recognition of UNESCO as...

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Winter Design Commons

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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Idea Incubator – January 19th, 2018

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

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Story Studio | Multimedia

Story Studio | Multimedia  The storytelling studio is an environment to create and share stories that matter to you and your audience. Through a thoughtful and creative process, you will compose a short piece about a topic that you need to share for a specific...

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Insights for Learning Design

Ongoing Initiatives Insights Future Directions Design Cohorts Design Incubators & Commons Site Visits Work collaboratively with schools in the development of professional learning opportunities that focus on instructional design and...

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Heloise Lorimer Numeracy Design

We are all required to be numerate to maximise our potential and to make a positive contribution to society. In our exceedingly technical world, numeracy skills, in particular the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly more significant and...

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Our School is Physically Lit!

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...

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Developing your School Narrative

Big Idea: A school narrative is an important element of the school’s vision that encompasses your program, purpose, pedagogy, community, and more. Who are we? Where are we going? In this session we will identify a few core values in your school and develop a process...

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RVS Maker Cohort

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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UofC Maker Cohort

  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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Winter Exhibitions in Rocky View Schools

Rocky View Schools Exhibition for Trustees - Wednesday November 16 Student Exhibitions for Trustees and Board Members to see what's rocking in RVS Art Display: WH Croxford Grade 10 Visual Arts Academy - Teacher: Vern Grey Science Demos: Heloise Lorimer Grade 7 STEAM...

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Design Commons

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 Mindset Adopt a beginner’s...

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ALP3 Learning Department Workshop – Tuesday, Nov 21st

School Administration & The RVS Learning Department Big Ideas: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders, providing opportunities for them to connect and collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new ones. Leaders in a school have the...

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Design Incubator – Fall 2017

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 role in creating...

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RVSO/CLC Design PD

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 Mindset Adopt a beginner’s...

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Elbow Valley Elementary School Based PD – Nov 13

Be fully present Assume a Beginner's Mindset. Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort. Have awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere. Collaborative style analysis helps teams to effectively work together by identifying team members' needs & bringing...

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Learning Design Team Meeting

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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