2021 CASS Virtual Fall Conference
2021 Fall Conference Program
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The CASS Fall Conference provides an opportunity to strengthen your leadership growth based on the Professional Practice Standards – LQS and SLQS https://cass.ab.ca/resources/practice-profile/ and is based on CASS Professional Learning Goal: Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.
The FALL conference design has been informed by Role Alike dialogue related to requests for emerging topics for conversation. This information can be accessed by members via CASS Pro-Spective https://cassprospective.ca/ The conference themes will be aligned with Role Alike groups. Summer learning conference participants also shared that they would like to enhance their practice with a focus on Governance. The SLQS Professional Learning committee, representing zone members input, also requested continued updates about the assurance framework. Using data from multiple sources the FALL conference has been designed. All learning opportunities will be coherent with the SLQS competencies.
Leading Change in Alberta: Mobilising Hearts, Heads, and Hands
Marshall Ganz defines Leadership as “accepting responsibility to enable others to achieve shared purpose under conditions of uncertainty.”
In this keynote, Santiago Rincón-Gallardo will discuss how system leaders can forge unity of purpose alongside those they lead while navigating the uncertainty of these times. He will offer some insights into the opportunities afforded to CASS members by recent developments in the province, such as the invitation from Alberta Education to review the new draft curriculum and the upcoming transition of CASS into a full-on professional association.
Join system leader colleagues for networking and collaboration opportunities to gain the tools and strategies to support you in your context and leverage student learning in today’s classrooms.
Conference Reading and Resource Materials
Watch Santiago Rincón-Gallardo’s Leading Change in Alberta: Mobilising Hearts, Heads, and Hands. You can access his presentation slides here.
Watch Tannis Topolnisky and Kim Hyksha on Community Engagement – Diversity, Differences & Dialogue. You can access their presentation slides here.
The CASS Resource Library is growing and includes numerous “made in Alberta” resources designed for system leaders that will support “pre learning” prior to the conference. One example are CASS learning guides, which are intended to apply research, deepen understanding and enhance professional practice within the Alberta context. Learning guides have summarized recent CASS “Alberta Stories of Practice” and include:
- Ministerial Order on Student Learning
- CASS Community of Practice – Workplace Wellness
- Assurance Framework: From Theory to Action
- Assurance Framework: Approaches to Strategic Planning and Reporting
- Assurance Framework: Stakeholder Engagement
- Assurance Framework: Local Context and Measures
- Assurance Framework: Creating a Data Culture
- Workplace Wellness: “Why a Workplace Wellness Plan”?
- Workplace Wellness: What, Who and How…
- Workplace Wellness: Measuring Impact
- The online Guide to Relationships and Learning with the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta will offer additional learning focused on Ensuring First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education for all.
Workplace Wellness Resources are compiled here: https://cass.ab.ca/resources/wellness/ and include a Planning and Implementation Guide and Playbook based on the CASS Workplace Wellness Framework.
Role-Alike Summaries for Curriculum, Assessment and Technology, Inclusive Education, Human Resources, Workplace Wellness and First Nations, Métis and Inuit from the 2021 Summer Learning can be accessed at https://cassprospective.ca/
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CASS Professional Learning Goal 2021-22
Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.
November 3 - 5, 2021