Journal

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

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

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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Story Studio | A.E. Bowers • May 18

Story Studio Workshops Story Studio Workshops are designed as opportunities to make and create stories with purpose and audience. Practice the habits of authentic storytellers and learn to use professional tools to engage others. Make learning visible by sharing your...

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Chestermere Lake MS – School Based PL Day

Big Ideas Collaboration is the "new competition." Deciding to function more effectively as a team requires more than good intentions. Driving Question How might we understand our teammates better in order to be more effective collaborators? How might we design our...

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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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Palliser Regional Schools Design PL

Big Idea: Powerful Learning Experiences require intentionally considered design. Potential for student achievement is maximized when students are engaged and learning is authentic. Consumption of content is good. Creation of content is better. ...

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Ag Futures Incubator

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...

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Spring Design Incubator

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 7- Beginning our Journey Toward a New 4 Year Plan

May 7, 2018 Agenda 8:45am Doors Open, Coffee and Networking 9:00am Introduction and agenda 9:10am Engagement: Facilitated discussion in your designed learning environment. - How to graphic record (a la: Sam Hester) 9:45am Gallery walk 10:00am Brainstorm...

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May 3- Designing your School’s PL Plan

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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Story Studio | Cinema

Story Studio Workshops   Story Studio Workshops are designed as opportunities to make and create stories with purpose and audience. Practice the habits of authentic storytellers and learn to use professional tools to engage others. Make learning visible by sharing...

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

May 1, 2018 (click for prezi)  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...

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Learning Specialist Meeting: April 27

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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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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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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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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