Community Connections

Exploring and enriching our communities

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 offers the potential for rewarding learning.


  • Be Fully Present.
  • Assume a Beginner’s Mindset: Park your title, be open-minded, and have empathy for one another, your students, and yourself.
  • Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort, and have an awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere.
  • Make, Create, Do.

Driving Questions

How might we develop engaging and authentic learning experiences for our students?
What opportunities exist in Rocky View for collaboration, community partnership, and innovation?

November 20th: Bow Habitat Station, Calgary

9:00 Arrive, Coffee & Networking.

9:10 Welcome, Introduction, NORMS & Cohort Overview.
– “Do the Project Day” November 20
– “Design Day” December 7 @ Herons Crossing School in Airdrie
– At-the-Elbow Support
– June 7th Gala – Education Centre

9:20 “What are some of the issues faced by our local community (Calgary in this case) that we could explore, address, and/or celebrate?”
Explore local issues that may be highlighted through the exhibits and on your learning walk around Bow Habitat Station.

9:45 Post issues to Knowledge Commons
– Sort into themes

10:00 Gallery Walk & Choose Issues for Idea Playoff

10:10 Feedback & Elimination using Playoff Tool

10:30 Issue Declaration & Coffee Break

10:45 Issue Deep Dive – Pitch Tool
– What’s the issue? Who/what does it impact? What needs to be done? How could we (or our students) act to make a difference?

11:30 Critical Friends Protocol

12:00 Lunch & Exhibition

1:00 Earth Walks

2:00 “Human beings protect what they love, and love what they know,” Richard Louv
 Story Studio & Adobe Spark Scaffolding

3:00 Publish & Exhibit. Send to Jason Ness (jness@)

3:30 Departure


December 7th: Herons Crossing School

1860 Reunion Blvd

9:00am Phenomenological Improv

9:20am Reflection
– What resonated about these examples?

Act 1: Plan

9:30am Revisit & redevelop your pitch.

Essential Questions: What are the big ideas from your curriculum that you are designing towards? What do you hope to see students engage in and exhibit? What partners might help the learning?

10:00am Coffee Break and Gallery Walk with GASP
– Collaboratively populate P3

10:15am Develop Instructional Inventory

10:45am Critical Friends Protocol

11:15pm Lunch

Act 2: Scope & Sequence

Essential Questions: What experiences will students take up along their learning journey? What skills and/or knowledge scaffolding will they require? What deliverables might they provide to exhibit and show evidence of learning?

12:00pm Learning Design Process Introduction and Design Time to plan the learning journey for your students. What experiences will students take up?

12:30pm Balancing the equation & adding the scaffolding: How will students reflect, revise, & relate to one another about their experiences and the products of their learning?

Act 3: Next Steps

Essential Questions: Who are your stakeholders, and what might they need in order to understand, okay, and/or participate in your design?  What are your needs for implementation and support?

1:00pm What are your to-dos & next steps? What supports do you need to take up your designs?

1:15pm Exit Slip & Departure