RVS Design Fellows

The RVS Design Fellowship program is an opportunity for dynamic educators to receive personalized support to design and actualize their vision. The fellowship program seeks teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning.  The RVS Design Fellowship is a community of engaged learners and the program provides opportunities for the fellows to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new ones.

To get a better idea of what the RVS Design Fellowship is all about, you can take a closer look at the stories of RVS Design Fellowship Alumni and the 2015 Design Fellows. Scroll down on this page to view the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are interested in exploring RVS Fellowship, please contact RVS Learning Specialist Dan McWilliam at dmcwillliam@rockyview.ab.ca


Cavalier Music Academy

Our mission is to provide those students who wish to learn music in high school an immersive, comprehensive, contemporary musical experience in keeping with the principles of High School Redesign.

Cavalier Music Academy’s Website
Luke’s Twitter

Luke Sandham

W.H. Croxford High School


Connecting Grade 4 students with their community to enhance and enrich learning.

Grade 4 Blog
Andrew’s Twitter

Andrew Doyle

Ralph McCall School

Alberta Inspired

Students learning and telling the stories of impactful people in their communities.

Kendra’s Twitter

Kendra Jewer

Herons Crossing School

Engineering Futures

Using the Building Futures model, the students will experience their humanities courses and math/science curriculum through two extremely dedicated teachers. The format will also allow these grade ten students to complete their CALM and Physical Education requirements before moving into grade 11.

Engineering Future’s Twitter
Scott’s Twitter

Sara Douglas & Scott Seland

Chestermere High School

Project W.I.L.D.

WILD (wisdom inquiry learning doing). 21st century learning is about exposure to real life connections, developing a knowledge of your local environment, developing a sense of place, blending technology with hands-on experiences; this is what we will be doing in the WILD grade 8 class.

Project WILD’s Video Playlist

Project WILD’s Twitter



Nancy Pollard

Manachaban Middle School

Awakening Passions

Ignite students passions through purposeful opportunities for exploration and taking risks to empower confidence, courage and a stronger sense of self.

Lunch Box Talks Video
Awakening Passions 2015-2016 Celebration Video
Awakening Passions Twitter
Amber’s Twitter

Amber Mrak

Prairie Waters School

Community Matters – Helping Hands & Caring Hearts

We are students working together to understand what creates social injustice and what it looks like in Airdrie. We will lend a hand to build links and create change in the heart of our community.
Project Founders: Jennifer Yersh & Amanda Russell

News Article About Community Matters
Jennifer’s Twitter

Amanda Russell

Airdrie École Middle School

Alberta from the Ground Up

Exploring Alberta’s innovative use of its natural resources for sustainability.

Lynn’s Twitter

Lynn Moore & Jander Talen

Cochrane High School

Community Engagement

Grade 5 Blog
5T’s Twitter
Adam’s Twitter


Adam Turner

Prairie Waters School


How do games play a role in connecting people?
How do games foster community?

Alison’s Twitter

Alison Turner

C.W. Perry School

Business Futures

Engaging students in acquiring skills that matter in the real world through starting a small business.

Mark’s Twitter

Mark Turner

W.H. Croxford High School

Building Futures Airdrie

Learn home building from the ground up, start your own business, become a better you… All while you’re getting your high school education.
Project Founders: Greg Rankin & Jarett Hooper

Building Futures with McKee Homes Video
Building Futures Airdrie Video
Building Futures Twitter
Mark’s Twitter
Erica’s Twitter

Erica Rozema & Mark Turner

W.H. Croxford High School

Building Futures Cochrane

Learn home building from the ground up, start your own business, become a better you… All while you’re getting your high school education.

Building Futures Cochrane Video
Building Future’s Twitter
Matt’s Twitter

Matt Chomistek & Monty Smith

Bow Valley High School

Administration for School Change

Kristina’s Twitter
Ryan’s Twitter

Ryan Siemens & Kristina Rentz

Prairie Waters School

The Ignite Project

Supporting young female leaders through authentic learning experiences to foster self-realization and self-actualization.

Jade’s Twitter

Nikki Johnston & Jade Chausse

W.H. Croxford High School

Learning Commons

Lynette’s Twitter

Lynette LePan-Smith

Springbank Middle School

Developing a Culture of Risk Taking

Scott Woodward

Kathyrn School

Life – Version 2.1

Acquiring authentic life skills to become an individual who is actively engaged in the modern, relevant and diverse facets of being globally, socially, civically and economically responsible citizens. 


Parke Roberts

Langdon School


Reimagining an environment where learning is defined by exchange. In this environment we will nurture understanding that we share place, knowledge and responsibility.

XChange Blog
XChange Video
Scott’s Twitter

Scott Bailey, Craig Churchill, Kim Kendal & Clint Ellard

Banded Peak School

Curricular Arcs

Brendan’s Twitter

Brendan Trinca

Glenbow Elementary School

Blended Learning

Heather’s Twitter

Heather Fansher

RVS Online Learning

Change Makers

Change Makers Video Playlist

Craig Churchill

Banded Peak School

Guiding Futures

A cross-curricular humanities / outdoor environmental education program that immerses students in both the curriculum and the outdoors, with the goal of building connections among student, their communities, the environment and the curriculum.


Ryan Haggerty

George McDougall High School

RVS Design Fellows – Alumni



Student leaders navigating the water challenges of our world.

YouTube – 2015
YouTube – 2014
Janelle’s – Twitter

Janelle Phillips & Krista Wunsch

Mitford School

a Quest for Promoting Curiosity

Promoting curiosity by making learning real, visible and for everyone.

Susan’s – Twitter

Susan Rudakoff

Glenbow Elementary School


Innovation happens when we connect!  Supporting youth as engaged, collaborative, and innovative citizens as they connect through creativity.

Alison’s – Twitter

Alison Turner

Muriel Clayton Middle School

What is a Design Fellowship like?

The fellowship experience will be personalized based on what fellows need to actualize their vision. The fellows will form a dynamic community and will receive individualized support from the Learning Design Team which may include:

  • Professional learning financial support
  • Instructional Leadership Coaching
  • Design, implementation and making learning visible support

*Please note, the fellowship program is designed to support the professional learning costs and does not directly support the operational or capital costs that may be associated with actualizing the instructional leadership vision.

Who can join the RVS Design Fellowship?

The Fellowship is designed for RVS teachers and administrators who have an innovative vision for instructional design and/or instructional leadership to transform their school.

What is the Timeline 

Entrance to the design fellowship is ongoing and networking opportunities are offered on an a la carte basis throughout the year. Your fellowship vision will define the timeline for your individualized support. To get started submit your project pitch.


How do I become a Design Fellow?

Please submit the following items as a Project Pitch via a Google Drive folder to dmcwilliam@rvschools.ab.ca .

  1. The story of who you are, what’s led you to this opportunity and what you need to realize your potential. (3 minute video)
  2. A pitch that details your vision. (up to 500 words)
  3. (Teachers only) A letter of support from your school based administration.

What happens after I have submitted a Statement of Intent?

Your project pitch will be reviewed by the Learning Department. We will contact you to set up a follow up meeting to design your next steps.

Can partnerships or teams collaborate?

Yes. If you have a common vision for your project and want to actualize it together please create a joint project pitch. In your submission be sure to speak to of all members of your team and to the nature of your partnership.

How developed does the concept need to be?

It’s entirely up to you and the circumstance you are in. It is important that you have a pitch for an instructional leadership initiative. Beyond that you may be a purely conceptual level for your vision or already somewhere down the road to actualization. The program is personalized to support your specific needs we will work with you at whatever stage your project is in.

What are the supports for the Fellowship?

What supports could be available as a part of the fellowship program?
The fellowship experience will be personalized based on what fellows need to actualize their vision. Individualized support from the Learning Design Team may include:

  • Professional Learning financial support
  • Design support
  • Instructional leadership coaching
  • Support to make learning visible

Please note, the fellowship program is designed to support the professional learning costs and does not directly support the operational or capital costs that may be associated with actualizing the instructional leadership vision.