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Leading for Learning Program for Experienced School Leaders


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The 12th annual Leading for Learning short course for Alberta school administrators, sponsored by the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), will be offered at Olds College beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, ending at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The registration fee is $895.00 (includes GST) or $595.00 if accommodation isn’t required (includes GST). Registration is limited to 30 participants. Over the past ten years approximately 380 experienced school administrators have participated in the Leading for Learning short course.

Leading for Learning 2018 will be co-coordinated by the Directors of Leadership Learning for the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Dr. Del Litke and Elizabeth Gouthro. Dr. Del Litke has been serving as a coordinator and this will be his 4th year, and Elizabeth Gouthro this will be her 3rd year with the program.

The feedback from the Leading for Learning participants has been very positive each year. 100% of the 2017 participants rated the learning experience as very good or excellent, and 100% of the participants indicated that the program was very useful for their work as leaders.

Leading for Learning targets four groups extremely well:

  1. Administrators who took Start Right previously and want to take the next learning leadership step.
  2. New administrative teams – building relationships around the right leadership.
  3. Administrators who need support with instructional leadership and leading learning.
  4. Experienced administrators who are learners.

The program continues evolve and we are pleased to welcome back the Alberta Teachers’ Association to our solid list of presenters including: Scott Morrison, Kurt Sacher, and Del Litke. Additionally, in response to the new Leadership Quality Standard, our opening session will focus on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education .

University Graduate Coursework for Leading for Learning 2018 is available from University of Alberta (Dr. José da Costa, email: jdacosta@ualberta.ca), Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary) (Dr. Jim Brandon, email: jbrandon@ucalgary.ca), and University of Lethbridge (Kevin Matis, email: matis@uleth.ca).

If you require more information or have any questions, please contact:

Elizabeth Gouthro @ 587-226-8256 elizabeth.gouthro@cass.ab.ca

Del Litke @ 780-293-3315 del.litke@cass.ab.ca

Conference Reading and Resource Materials

PDF  Leadership Quality Standard PDF  Teaching Quality Standard PDF  Supervision: the TQS and the LQS (Presented by Robert Mazzotta) PDF  Instructional Tool Kit

Session 1: Tuesday, 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. Leading First Nation , Métis, and Inuit Education for all Students

Session 2: Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Supervision: The TQS and the LQS. (Presenter: Robert Mazotta, Alberta Teachers’ Association)

Session 3: Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Instructional Leadership: Job One for School Administrators (Presenter: Dr. Del Litke)

Session 4: Thursday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. A Blueprint to Increase Academic Achievement (Presenter: Dr. Scott Morrison)

Session 5: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Leading a Team is Key to Being a Successful Principal” (Presenter: Kurt Sacher)

Online Registration Closed


Establish a sense of efficacy and confidence in newly appointed school leaders by providing practical, grounded advice


July 3-5, 2018


Olds College
Olds, Alberta


Participants will stay in the new residences at Centennial Village! Each room is furnished with a double bed, desk plus chair, closet with shelving, a night stand, and private bath. All units are non-smoking. Free parking is available. For more information, go to http://choc.ca/campus-housing/centennial-village#amenities


All meals are provided as part of the registration package.

Location of Sessions:

All sessions will be held on the beautiful Olds College campus. Senior CASS members (participant supervisors) are welcome to drop-in!