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56th CASS Annual Learning Conference


A new webpage for the 2023 event will be available once the program is finalized.

PDF  Annual Learning Conference 2022 Highlights

Pre-Conference, March 16, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Data Informed Leadership: How Can Data Influence Leadership Decisions?

Conference, March 16-18, 2022

PDF  2022 Annual Learning Conference Program  with session descriptions and speaker bios

PDF  2022 Annual Learning Conference Program at a Glance


Conference Details

The CASS Annual conference provides an opportunity to strengthen your leadership growth based on the CASS Professional Learning Goal – 2021-22: Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.

A continued focus on CASS Leadership Excellence: Alberta Stories of Practice ensures for system leaders to share current practices effective in their context based on the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) or the Leadership Quality Standard (LQS).

When asked at the FALL 2021 conference “One thing I require to further support my professional learning” members shared stories of practice from colleagues with a focus on:

  • readiness for curriculum implementation,
  • system approaches to supporting literacy and numeracy,
  • continuous improvement based on data informed practice,
  • resiliency,
  • governance,
  • community engagement,
  • Human Resources and
  • building meaningful relationships with Elders.

We hope you will join colleagues in person for networking and collaborative opportunities that support your system leadership role and leverage teacher, school leader professional practice  and student learning in today’s classrooms.

The line-up of professional learning offerings is being guided by CASS’ Comprehensive Professional Learning Plan. For further information, contact Director of Leadership Val Olekshy.


PDF  2021 Annual Learning Conference Highlights

Resource Materials

Presentation Slides and Handouts

Pre-conference session
Pre-conference Session by Joanne Pitman

Role-Alike sessions

Getting Ready for New Curriculum – The Role of System Education Leaders

Child and Youth Wellbeing (HR, Workplace Wellness, Inclusion and Indigenous Education)

Getting Ready for the New Curriculum
Literacy and Numeracy Presentation Slides
Placemat – Literacy & Numeracy Foundational Knowledge to Lead New Curriculum Implementation

Foundational Instructional Practices Presentation Slides

Reinventing Schools for Extraordinary and Uncertain Times – Data Leadership
Presented by Glenn Nowosad (East Central Catholic School Division)

Mental Wellbeing: Mental Health Survey and our Division Response
Presented by Gina Almquist and Corine Gannon (Edmonton
Catholic Schools)

Rebel Governance
Presented by Christopher Fuzessy, Theresa Letendre, Sharon Nichols (Foothills School Division)

How School Leaders Interpret Data: Preliminary Observations from a National Study?
Presented by Darryl Hunter, Samira ElAtia, Glenn Borthistle, Komla Essiomle (University of Alberta)

Assurance for Student Success
Presented by Corine Gannon, Nicole Lafreniere (Edmonton Catholic Schools)

A Divisional Lens on Collaborative Response: Holy Spirit Catholic Schools’ Story
Presented by Carmen Larsen, Crystal Lothian, Aaron Skretting, Kurtis Hewson

Leading with SOS-Q Data to Support Students
Presented by Dr. John Burger (Practical Data Solutions), Doug Stevens and Kevin Newman (Foothills School Division), Timothy Carlson
and Sarah Hoag, (Calgary Academy)

Unpacking Instructional Leadership – Four Leadership Practices That Are Impacting Leaders, Teachers and Students
Presented by Kathleen Finnigan, Ryan Sawula, Ryan Ledene, Jodi Smith

Human Resources
Presented by Teresa Haykowsky

Role-Alike Summaries – CASS Pro-Spective

CASS Pro-Spective is an engagement platform seeking professional prospectives of members.

The online space is intended  to gather input from members on current and emerging topics ( e.g., CASS strategic plan, Curriculum review feedback)  as well as support networking and collaboration opportunities through Role Alike spaces.

Role Alike spaces for Curriculum, Assessment and Technology, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Human Resources and People Services, Inclusive Education and Workplace Wellness exist.  Each space includes a cohort list of members, summary from past learning opportunities, additional resources posted and members input from recent engagement activities. Visit https://cassprospective.ca/ for background prior to attending the upcoming conference Role alike session.

CASS Resource Library – Alberta Stories of Practice Learning Guides

The CASS Resource Library  includes “made in Alberta” resources designed for system leaders that will support “pre learning” prior to the annual 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  CASS “Alberta Stories of Practice” webinars.

CASS Conference Archives 

Missed a recent CASS Learning Opportunity?

The CASS Conference Archives include a list of conference concurrent session recordings and resources, alongside the program.   You can find past learning opportunities and resources in the archives. (Thanks to all facilitators for your willingness to share the learning beyond the conference.)

Conference Supporters


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The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) was established in 1963 as a province-wide, non-profit organization with the goal of providing a united voice for retired educators. Since then, ARTA has grown to over 27,000 members and provides many services, including healthcare and dental insurance plans, wellness events and information, and retirement resources of all kinds.

Education is very important to ARTA members, and that includes doing our part when it comes to Indigenous education for seniors. In addition to supporting Indigenous retired educators among our membership, and beginning our meetings with a land acknowledgement, ARTA takes an active role in providing educational resources and facilitating conversations on topics of Indigenous Education.

ARTA’s quarterly magazine, news&views, regularly publishes stories and articles (written by our members) that explore many aspects of Indigenous knowledge. In the last year, we’ve shared stories, poetry, and articles on topics such as the 60’s Scoop, the Seven Sacred Teachings, and the importance of Alberta’s traditional waterways. In 2021, we partnered with an organization called Reconciliation Education to offer a discount to our members to take a course to improve their knowledge of Indigenous cultures, histories, and the ongoing reconciliation conversation.

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Retirement Banquet

To register as a guest to the banquet, register here.

to the following CASS members whose retirement will be celebrated on Thursday, March 17, 2022. 

^confirmed to attend
*unable to attend
(D)* Deceased

Retirees on this list are the retirees that gave CASS explicit permission to be acknowledged.

  • ^Bob Allen
  • ^Janice Aubry
  • *Kevin Andrea
  • *Joe Arruda
  • *Joann Bartley
  • *Paul Bennett
  • *Michelle Brennick
  • *Barb Brochu
  • *Joan Burke
  • *Roger Clarke
  • *Amber Darroch
  • *David Dempsey
  • ^Angela DesBarres
  • *Jeannie Everett
  • ^Chris Farquharson
  • *Manny Ferreirinha
  • *Joe Frank
  • *Shawn Haggarty
  • ^Margaret Hartman
  • ^Michael Hauptman
  • *Stu Henry
  • *Brett Huculak
  • *Metro Huculak
  • *Dalane Imeson
  • ^David Keohane
  • *Ruth Kuik
  • *Jayson Lovell
  • *Scott MacNeill
  • *Dr. Lorraine MacPherson-Court
  • *Monica Mankowski
  • *Cathy McCauley
  • Glenn McClure (D)*
  • *Dr. Dianne McConnell
  • *Charlie McCormack
  • *Lorne McDonald
  • *George McGuigan
  • *Chris Meaden
  • ^Mariette Moss
  • *Doug Nicholls
  • *Blair Norton
  • ^Mike Paonessa
  • *Dr. Lorne Parker
  • *Violet Parsons-Pack
  • *Dr. Natalie Prytuluk
  • ^Nick Radujko
  • *Todd Robinson
  • *Dr. Dianne Roulson
  • ^Christian Roux
  • ^Chris Smeaton
  • *Lissa Steele
  • *Gary Strother
  • *Richard Svoboda
  • ^Colleen Symyrozum-Watt
  • *Dr. Donald Tessier
  • *Darlene Unruh
  • ^Dr. Norman Yanitski

Enjoy great storytelling and celebrate special memories with our retirees through these retirement booklets.

Masks can be worn as a personal preference and are no longer mandatory. Edmonton’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw has been repealed. Please visit the hotel’s COVID-19 Updates for more information.

Online registration is now closed. Please contact claudine.cortes@cass.ab.ca for info.


CASS Professional Learning Goal for 2021-22: Deepening the understanding and applying the learning to support implementation of professional practice.


March 16-18, 2022


Conference occurs at the Fantasyland Hotel,
17700-87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Reservations can be made by calling (780) 444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783. MUST mention that you are attending the 2022 CASS Conference or booking code 6282636 to receive the negotiated rate of $159.00/night + tax. 

Special rates will be valid until February 25, 2022.