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Education Consultant

Education

Jul 2015Feb 2019

Doctor of Education

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

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

Project-based Teaching 

Sep 1981Apr 1985

Bachelor of Education with Distinction

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

Work experience

July2018

Sessional Instructor

University of Calgary
  • Summer Course Instructor for Parkland School Division M.Ed. Cohort
  • EDER 679.36: Design-Based Learning
Sept 2018Nov 2018

Education Consultant

Galileo Educational Network
  • Co-designed learning to support a deeper understanding of Alberta's new concept-based curriculum for a network of over 600 Lead Teachers from the Calgary Board of Education
  • Co-designed learning to support a deeper understanding of the new Leadership Standard for the Superintendent and his Leadership Team from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
Aug 2017June 2018

Education Consultant, Leadership Excellence Branch

Alberta Education
  • Engaged system leaders from around the province in a review of Teacher Growth Supervision and Evaluation Policy practices 
  • Co-designed a Leadership Development Framework to support the organization of Leadership Development Programs leading to certification of leaders in Alberta
  • Collaborated to support the Assurance Review among education partners leading to the development of a Draft Assurance Framework
July 2017

Sessional Instructor

University of Calgary
  • Summer Course Instructor for Parkland School Division M.Ed. Cohort
  • EDER 613: Change and Innovation
Aug 2015June 2017

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 annual day of learning for over 1,000 staff in Parkland School Division
  • Led a team of engaged leaders to design a Framework for Quality Learning in Parkland that will serve as a guiding document 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
  • Worked with school-based administration teams to design collaborative learning structures to engage teachers and leaders in evidence informed feedback loops to implement the Framework for Quality Learning in Parkland
  • Coordinated an instructional leadership program with Galileo Educational Network and University of Calgary for over 60 teacher leaders, 50 school-based administrators and learning support staff in our district 
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, 2016; 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
  • 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
Jan 2005Dec 2007

Assistant Principal

Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Assisted with research and development of new Middle School which opened in September, 2005
  • 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 1985Feb 2003

Teacher

Broxton Park K-9 School
  • Coordinated a multi-disciplinary team and organized integrated educational opportunities for students in specialized settings
  • Developed English as a Second Language, Enrichment and Resource Room Programs
  • 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 age groupings

References

Kelly Wilkins, Retired Deputy Superintendent, Parkland School Division #70 (780)566-7367

Cynthia Drummond, Senior Education Manager, System Assurance Branch, Alberta Education (780)619-4956

Sharon Friesen, Professor and Former Vice Dean, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, (403)220-5625