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Carolyn Cameron

Division Principal of Leading and Learning

Vision

To lead with passion, purpose and clarity so that I might grow others in our organization; and in doing so,  provide our students with life worthy learning experiences that contribute to their capacity to be curious, creative, collaborative and confident in pursuing a life of continuous learning, adapting to change and meeting the challenges of the future.

What Are We Doing In School Today?

Work History

Aug 2015Present

Division Principal of Leading and Learning

Parkland School Division #70

Building Leadership Capacity for School Improvement 

  • Led a team of teachers, facilitators and administrators to co-create a day of learning for over 1,000 staff in Parkland School Division
  • Developed a "Collaboratory" of engaged leaders to design a blueprint for Quality Learning in Parkland that will serve as a framework for school improvement in the district
  • Coordinated a Parkland Masters Cohort to begin MEd program in Leadership with the University of Calgary in July 2016
  • Co-designed alternate professional learning opportunities for leaders and teachers around classroom visits between school sites to provide networking and collaborative learning experiences
  • Worked with school-based administration teams in developing collaborative learning structures to engage teachers and leaders in evidence informed feedback loops to guide learning
Dec 2007Jul 2015

Principal

Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Established professional learning partnership with Galileo Educational Network for access to research based support and mentorship to improve student learning through the implementation of inquiry-based teaching practice
  • Established collaborative learning communities of practice among teaching staff to implement an iterative cycle of research based planning, looking at evidence of student learning, providing feedback to colleagues and reflection with support from school based Learning Coach
  • Established a Bring Your Own Device Initiative to move towards one-to-one use of technology which currently includes the implementation of Google Classroom for collaboration and sharing of student work
  • Established Classroom and Student Blogs to provide effective home-school communication, an authentic audience for student work and the opportunity for students to give and receive feedback on their learning
  • Established alternative classrooms to promote student engagement, flexible groupings and a softer design for collaborative group work
  • Designed and piloted a new skills-based report card which focused on providing specific feedback to parents through comments instead of marks. Our pilot project was later used in our School Division as a starting point for a new report card model.
  • Nominated for an Alberta Education Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and 2013; provincial recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013
  • Hosted Learning Day for Administrators and Teachers from around the province which included classroom visits with teachers and students in 2015; Presenter on  Designing Innovative School Leadership and Teacher Collaboration at IDEAS Conference at the University of Calgary in 2014 & 2015; guest speaker on Staff Engagement at Parkland School Division Opening Day in 2013; presenter on Assessment, Inquiry and Technology at the American National Association for Middle Level Educators in 2012 and 2014 ; presenter on Assessment & Inquiry at Alberta Teachers' Association Middle Schools Conference, 2013; member of the Alberta Galileo Educational Network Delegation chosen to present on Teacher Feedback Loops at the New Zealand ULearn Conference in 2010
  • Member of Parkland School Division's New School Design Team for future K-9 School in Prescott community in Spruce Grove - set to open Fall, 2016
  • Representative for Parkland School Division at Inspiring Education Roundtable Discussions on Curriculum Re-Design
  • Member of Parkland School Division Committee responsible for submitting a proposal to participate in prototyping for Curriculum Re-Design 
  • Mentor Principal for first year, early career Principals in Parkland School Division
  • Provided Covey's Speed of Trust Workshop to Parkland School Division Administrators; guest speaker at Parkland School Division's Exploring Leadership Program
  • Supported the implementation of school-wide Innovation Weeks (two per year) where students are provided with time and space to become designers of their own learning in order to create or improve upon something of interest to them
  • Re-designed school spaces to promote additional areas for team teaching, pullout areas for small group direct instruction and flexible spaces for Physical Education in order to accommodate growing student numbers
Jan 2005Dec 2007

Assistant Principal

Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Assisted with research and development of new Middle School which opened in September, 2005 which included purchase of resources and hiring of staff
  • Assisted with development of school vision and mission, structuring of block schedule, cross-graded advisement program, tri-school complementary course program, implementation of Knowledge & Employability and Middle Years Alternative Programs, Special Education coordination, Second Language Programs, responsive counselling and RCMP support system, looping, team teaching, use of flexible space, development of integrated, inquiry-based projects and focused instructional leadership around assessment for learning
Feb 2003Jan 2005

Assistant Principal

Broxton Park K-9 School
  • Presented workshops on Engaging Learners
  • Coordinated AISI Project
  • Developed Cross-graded Complementary Course Program
  • Coordinated SEVEC Youth Exchanges
  • Developed school-wide Character Education Program
Sep 1997Feb 2003

Multi-age Teacher for Primary Grades

Broxton Park K-9 School

Researched, designed and implemented a primary multi-age program utilizing flexible spaces to incorporate team teaching, looping and integrated curriculum plans featuring inquiry-based projects for students in grades one to three in mixed aged groupings

Sep 1993Sep 1997

Grade One Teacher

Broxton Park K-9 School

Implemented student-directed centres learning approach utilizing "Math Their Way" and Balanced Literacy Programs

Sep 1985Sep 1993

Special Education Teacher

Broxton Park K-9 School
  • Coordinated a multi-disciplinary team and organized integrated educational opportunities
  • Developed English as a Second Language, Enrichment and Resource Room Programs

Education

Jul 2015Present

Doctor of Education

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

Starting Year Two of Educational Leadership in K-12 Education

Sep 2003Aug 2005

Master of Education

University of Portland
  • Curriculum development & integration, assessment, leadership through change, quality teaching & peer coaching
  • Final Research Project: team teaching & shared classroom environments
Jan 2005Mar 2005

On-line Graduate Courses

Portland State University

Completed courses on Human Relations, Social Responsibility and Co-created Classrooms

Sep 1997Apr 1998

Integrated Curriculum Projects & Technology Graduate Course

University of Alberta
Sep 1981Apr 1985

Bachelor of Education with Distinction

University of Alberta
  • Major: Elementary Generalist; Minor: Special Education
  • Awarded the Louise McKinney Post Secondary Scholarship

References

Tim Monds, Superintendent, Parkland School Division #70 (780)963-8401

Kelly Wilkins, Deputy Superintendent, Parkland School Division #70 (780)963-8404

Dianne McConnell, Associate Superintendent, Parkland School Division #70 (780)963-8422