We work with our fellow educators to foster creative confidence as we build a culture of innovative learning design together in Rocky View Schools.

The Learning Design Team

Rocky View Schools

Sara Martin

Sara Martin

Learning Design Team

The Farm will create an engaging learning environment, steeped in agriculture, for Rocky View Schools students in grade 9 and 10.  This program will be anchored by relationships with our community and partners.  Students will create solutions to real world problems in a context that is real and relevant to the Alberta way of life. To learn more about the program, apply to learn on The Farm, or to connect and support please visit:

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Dan McWilliam

Dan McWilliam

Learning Design Team

Leading The Ripple Effect: leveraging design thinking and collaboration to bring innovative ideas to life as we reimagine what ‘school’ needs to look like to meet the needs of students as they enter an everchanging world of work.

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Adam Turner

Adam Turner

Learning Design Team

Adam brings his empathy and energy to instructional leadership and design, collaborating with teachers and administrators where they’re at to produce powerful learning opportunities that honour student voice and agency. Adam is an IBEN PYP Workshop Leader & School Visit Team Member. 

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Dave Morris

Dave Morris

Assoc. Superintendent of Learning

For Dave, impactful learning is shared and ongoing. He engages learners at all levels by modelling innovation, sharing new ideas and taking risks with others.

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Lynne Shemko

Lynne Shemko

Executive Assistant

Learning Design Team support.

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Jason Ness

Jason Ness

Learning Design Team

Empowering professionals to consider possibilities and challenge the status quo. Encouraging teachers to find satisfaction in risk-taking, trying new things and exploring their “why.” Jason is on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Our Mandate

The RVS Learning Design Team aspires to the 
Vision, Mission and Beliefs of Rocky View Schools. We are guided by the RVS Four Year Plan and governed by the Alberta Ministerial Order on Student Learning.

We inspire a love of learning and community, engaging learners for life.


We engage all learners through meaningful and challenging experiences, preparing them to understand, adapt and successfully contribute to our changing global community.


We are all learners (students, staff, parents, trustees and community members). We are responsible for being the best we can be. We are responsible for helping others. We are responsible for preserving the environment. We have equal, inherent value. We have opportunities to lead. We benefit from critical, creative and complex thinking. We benefit by communicating in an open and honest manner. We benefit from a safe and supportive environment.

The RVS Four Year Plan

Make it Real  | Make it Visible  | Make it For Everyone

Learners are Successful

Learners are literate and numerate, build 21st C competencies, skills and knowledge, and take ownership of their learning. 

Learners are Engaged

Real-world, hands-on learning experiences engage learners. Innovation and effective practices enrich learning. Partnerships enhance and fuel learning. 

Learners are Supported

Learners feel well, safe, valued, and respected. Learning is accessible, individualized, and challenging. Student-centered decisions propel achievement.

An individual with an Entrepreneurial Spirit is
motivated, resourceful, self-reliant and tenacious…

and has the courage to dream.

from the Ministerial Order on Student Learning

Government of Alberta, Department of Education

The Ministerial Order on Student Learning
Government of Alberta, Department of Education

The fundamental goal of education in Alberta is to inspire all students to achieve success and fulfillment, and reach their full potential by developing the competencies of Engaged Thinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit, who contribute to a strong and prosperous economy and society.


Education in Alberta is based on the values of opportunity, fairness, citizenship, choice, diversity, and excellence. The educational best interest of the child is the paramount consideration in making decisions about a child’s education. Education in Alberta will be shaped by a greater emphasis on education than on the school; on the learner than on the system; on competencies than on content; on inquiry, discovery and the application of knowledge than on the dissemination of information; and on technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge than on technology to support teaching.


Competencies are interrelated sets of attitudes, skills and knowledge that are drawn upon and applied to a particular context for successful learning and living, are developed over time and through a set of related learner outcomes. Students will study subjects; learn reading, writing and mathematics; and focus more deeply on a curriculum that allows for more interdisciplinary learning through competencies that are explicit in all subjects.


An Engaged Thinker knows how to think critically and creatively and make discoveries through inquiry, reflection, exploration, experimentation and trial and error; is competent in the arts and sciences including languages; uses technology to learn, innovate, collaborate, communicate and discover; has developed a wide range of competencies in many areas, including gathering, analysis and evaluation of information; is familiar with multiple perspectives and disciplines and can identify problems and then find the best solutions; as a team member, integrates ideas from a variety of sources into a coherent whole and communicates these ideas to others; adapts to the many changes in society and the economy with an attitude of optimism and hope for the future; as a lifelong learner, believes there is no limit to what knowledge may be gleaned, what skills may be accumulated, and what may be achieved in cooperation with others; and always keeps growing and learning.


An Ethical Citizen understands that it is not all about them, has learned about and is appreciative of the effort and sacrifice that built this province and country and sees beyond self-interests to the needs of the community; is committed to democratic ideals; contributes fully to the world economically, culturally, socially and politically; as a steward of the earth, minimizes environmental impacts; builds relationships through fairness, humility and open mindedness, with teamwork, collaboration and communication; engages with many cultures, religions and languages, values diversity in all people and adapts to any situation; demonstrates respect, empathy and compassion for all people; cares for themselves physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; is able to ask for help, when needed, from others, and also for others; and assumes the responsibilities of life in a variety of roles.


An individual with an Entrepreneurial Spirit is motivated, resourceful, self-reliant and tenacious; continuously sets goals and works with perseverance and discipline to achieve them; through hard work, earns achievements and the respect of others; strives for excellence and personal, family and community success;  is competitive and ready to challenge the status quo; explores ideas and technologies alone or as part of diverse teams; is resilient, adaptable, able and determined to transform discoveries into products or services that benefit the community and, by extension, the world; develops opportunities where others only see adversity; has the confidence to take risks and make bold decisions in the face of adversity, recognizing that to hold back is to be held back; and has the courage to dream.