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2019 CASS Fall Conference

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Conference Details

As the opening keynote speaker, Holocaust survivor Dr. Eva Olsson will bring her story of survival as a Hungarian Jew herded into a cattle car and taken to Auschwitz in 1944, to amplify the power of hate and the need to stop it wherever it occurs. Since 1996, Olsson has shared her story with several schools, universities, colleges, and churches, saying “I cannot live in the past, but I must live with it. Perhaps writing my story will weaken the hold the past has had on me.”

Focused on building CASS member’s professional practice in creating optimum learning environments for all students and meeting Alberta Education’s superintendent leadership quality standards, the conference also will feature Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, internationally renowned for his research on education leadership, who will continue his work with CASS on Nov. 7 with a keynote address “Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement”. Rincón-Gallardo will provide a closing keynote as a witness to the conference’s learning.

The Minister of Education, the Honourable Adriana LaGrange is scheduled to address delegates on   Nov. 8.

Plenary sessions of the learning conference themed, “deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice”, will cover a range of topics including wellness, leadership, human resources, and education law. Members also will have opportunity to learn from each other during role alike meetings.

The last superintendent leadership certification in-service session will be offered in conjunction with the conference. The in-service is based on professional practice standards formalized by ministerial order in February 2018 and in effect on Sept. 1, 2019.

CASS supports the Alberta Education Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard, which provides a common frame of reference for defining professional practice.

CASS professional learning opportunities and resources will support Superintendent and System Leaders in building their professional practice capacity in order to support quality school leadership and teaching to create optimum learning for all students in Alberta.  More detailed information via website tabs and full conference program book.

Pre-Conference – Wednesday November 6, 2019

The 4Essential Roles of Leadership and the 4Disciplines of Execution with Kelly Johnson. The research and materials for this session are drawn from FranklinCovey leadership development courses.

Education Analytics Symposium: Transforming Data into Actionable Knowledge Presenters from school authorities and industry will share experiences with how data is used to create actionable knowledge and how technology enhances data collection and analytics.

SLQS Certification In-Service November 6 and 7th with Superintendent facilitators David Keohane and Betty Turpin


Conference Opening & Keynote – Wednesday Evening

Keynote: A Legacy of Caring, Compassion and Character
Eva Olsson – Holocaust survivor

Conference – Thursday, November 7 and 8, 2019

Thursday morning and Concluding Keynote
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo

 Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement – Thursday
and concluding keynote Friday based on “witnessing” CASS members learning and reflecting research based on the Alberta context.

Concurrent sessions highlighting Alberta Stories of Practice and Alberta Education updates will be offered. Conference networking and collaboration opportunities will also be offered with role alike and world café sessions.






The 4Essential Roles of Leadership and The 4Disciplines of Execution
with Kelly Johnson

Understanding and effectively applying key leadership skills to generate powerful system results daily is no small task on the plate of the senior executive. If Quality superintendent leadership occurs when “the ongoing analysis of the context, and the superintendent’s decisions about what leadership knowledge and abilities to apply results in quality school leadership, quality teaching and optimal learning for all students in the school authority” (Alberta Education, February 2018, The Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard), where does one start and how does one maintain focus? This inspiring and interactive full day session will draw on the research and Alberta stories of practice in enhancing leadership skills and competencies, strengthening individual effectiveness, building teams and organizational culture and maintaining focus on performance and productivity.  

Education Analytics Symposium: Transforming Data into Actionable Knowledge

With Opening Address: Intentional Use of Data to Inform Collaborative Conversations by Kurtis Hewson, Co-Founder/Lead Learner | Jigsaw Learning

This pre-conference is focused on supporting schools and uniting stakeholders in sharing best practices in data analytics. Presenters from school authorities and industry will share experiences with how data is used to create actionable knowledge and how technology enhances data collection and analytics. Participants will reflect on their own context to identify data that is collected and how it is enacted to support student learning and staff efficacy.

Data-informed decision making is not a new topic. However, in this technological age, ideas of how data is leveraged in decision making are starting to evolve. The Education Analytics Symposium is intended to be an opportunity to learn from one another about what data is being collected and how it is being used to support student learning. The partnership between Intellimedia, Jigsaw Learning, and University of Alberta, represents that there are multiple perspectives through which the conversation can be viewed.

View the full day program here.

Keynote Speakers

Eva Olsson is a survivor of the Holocaust. 61 years ago, she experienced several extermination camps including the most notorius, Auschwitz. She survived the Holocaust, along with her sister, however her entire family was gone. She was born in Szatsmar, Hungary in October 1924 into a poor family of Hasidic Jews. “I cannot live in the past, but I must live with it. Perhaps writing my story will weaken the hold the past has had on me.” Olsson says since 1996 she began rediscovering her story to several schools, univeristies, colleges, and churches.

Keynote: A Legacy of Caring, Compassion and Character
Eva Olsson

Dr. Eva Olsson uses the Holocaust and her experiences in it as a springboard to discuss the following key issues:

  1. The power of hate and the need to stop it wherever it occurs. She focuses on bullying in society, which has become an especially big problem.
  2. The importance of not being a bystander when bad things are happening. Evil thrives when good people stand back and let it happen. People must stand together to oppose evil. Students are reminded of the impact of their behaviour on others.
  3. The importance of having compassion and respect for self and others -It must go beyond mere tolerance. Young citizens have to see these qualities displayed by the adults in their lives, especially at home and in their schools..
  4. Every parent, teacher, coach, student, politician, and business person alike, has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership to ensure their community is a safe, compassionate and accepting place to live in.

Eva’s PowerPoint presentation contains pictures from the Holocaust and pictures taken when she retraced her life in 2007, visiting her birthplace and three concentration camps.

Eva Olsson has also received several awards including honor Doctorate Degree in Education, Excellence in Education Award, Women of Distinction Award, Peacemaker of the Year Award, and United Nations Guest Speaker. She has also published a book about her experiences Unlocking Doors, and a CD entitled Stronger than Fire. The novel is becoming a Canadian bestseller. Dr. Eva Olsson continues to share her story across North America, intending to touch future generations on reoccuring themes of today such as racism and prejudices.

Santiago Rincón-Gallardo is an education consultant and Chief Research Officer with Michael Fullan’s team. He conducts research and advises system leaders and educators on advancing whole system reform for instructional improvement. Santiago worked for over a decade promoting grassroots pedagogical innovation in Mexican public schools serving historically marginalized communities. His academic work explores how effective pedagogies for deep learning can spread at scale. Santiago holds an Ed.D on Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice and an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two sons.

Keynote: Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo

Turning our schools into vibrant places for learning and living examples of the societies we aspire to become will require deep and widespread cultural change in classrooms, schools, and entire educational systems. Throughout history, social movements have been the most powerful vehicles for widespread cultural change, and in their logic of operation lie the keys to liberating learning. Building on his previous keynote at the Annual conference, Santiago will discuss the importance of deliberately transforming the pedagogical core, creating cultures of robust collaboration within and between school divisions, and leveraging and influencing the larger education system. Furthermore, he will offer key principles of action to turn leadership into a vehicle to liberate learning across Alberta.

Santiago will also  offer a concluding keynote based on “witnessing” CASS members learning and reflecting research based on the Alberta context.

Opening Blessing and Prayer

Kerrie Moore MSW, RSW is Cree/ Metis originally from Saskatchewan. Kerrie has worked for over 30 years as a consultant, educator and psychotherapist within the domains of Child and family services , education, health, justice. Kerrie is an affiliated instructor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Kerrie is recognized as an Elder and knowledge keeper and provides cultural knowledge and ceremonies to institutions, ministries, and agencies who work with Indigenous people. Kerrie sits on several Elder boards including the U of C Elders Advisory council, CBE Elders Board and is a board member with the Bow Valley Social Work Diploma program. Kerrie works with agencies and funding agencies developing parallel frameworks, including assessments and research models. Kerrie is the recipient of the Alumni of the Year award 2008, Women’s Resource Center, University of Calgary.

Conference Reading and Resource Materials

Don’t Let Tough Times Go to Waste – Message to CASS members from Santiago Rincón-Gallardo

Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo has shared his research for the past number of CASS learning opportunities. He has provided this message based on his understanding of the Alberta context, his recent research and the opportunity he has had to work provincially as well as with individual districts in Alberta.

The intent of CASS Learning Guides is to apply research, deepen understanding and enhance professional practice within the Alberta context.  With a focus on optimum learning for all students, a Learning Guide provides an opportunity to grow system leader knowledge, resulting in quality school leadership and quality teaching throughout Alberta. Learning Guides include a summary of the resource, connections to the Alberta context and suggested questions for reflection and dialogue.

CASS Learning Guide on Essential Features of Effective Networks in Education CASS Learning Guide on Liberating Learning – Education Change as a Social Movement

Presenter Contacts and Resource Materials

World Café Discussion

Fall 2019 CASS Role Alike Summary

Previous Learning with  Rincón-Gallardo – March 2019


Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Liberating Learning: Chapter 4 – Occupy the Pedagogical Arena
Santiago Rincón-Gallardo – Essential features of Effective Networks in Education

Fullan and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo past presentation materials




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CASS Professional Learning Goal – 2019-20

Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.


November 6 (evening) - 8, 2019


Conference occurs at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino 1000, 11500 – 35 Street SE Calgary, Alberta T2Z 3W4

Group code: TJCASS19, Service Plus CASS–2648 or state “with CASS or College of Alberta School Superintendents”.

Reservations may be made by calling toll free: 1-888-875-4667 or hotel direct: 403-236-7529, by email: reservations@dfic.ca or online: www.deerfootinn.com (enter dates on first page, will redirect to next page, click “add code”, click “group attendee”, enter group code , click “complete reservation” and proceed with personal information)