Through its Professional Development program area, the Alberta Teachers’ Association has a number of leadership-related workshops.
Building Mentoring Relationships in Schools
Mentoring is defined as the presence of caring individual who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time. Mentoring is increasingly recognized as a powerful strategy to support the positive development of children and youth. Research confirms that children and youth who participate in a mentoring relationship experience a number of benefits including the relationship that is developed over time. This workshop is intended to guide and support Alberta school leaders and other school staff in leadership roles with respect to mentoring initiatives. The workshop provides foundational information, implementation strategies and resources references to assist schools in establishing or enhancing mentoring initiatives.
Leading a Learning Community
The role of the principal as instructional leader is an extremely important one in Alberta’s public schools. Current research reminds us that the central task of an instructional leader is to improve the instructional capacity of teachers and the learning success of students. In this workshop, content will focus on the book, Reflecting on Leadership for Learning—Case Studies of Five Alberta School Principals, by Jim Parsons and Larry Beauchamp (2014). A brief overview of the current literature on instructional leadership will be provided, as well as interactive activities based on research and case studies.
Tools for Collaborative Teams
This workshop will show participants how to lead and work in collaborative teams. A variety of strategies for facilitating collaborative teams will be presented, collaborative learning, action research, study groups and focused conversation.
New Indigenous Education Resources Available
Professional Learning Pebbles
Professional Learning Pebbles is a collection of 24 short activities created by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Project to support certificated teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.
(PD-WT-19 2017 09, 123pp)
Stepping Stones Series
Stepping Stones is a series of publications of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Project intended to support certificated teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.
To download a copy of the above publications, visit www.teachers.ab.ca > News and Info > Announcements > New Indigenous Education Resources.
Registration Open For Western Canada’s Largest Autism Conference
Registrations are being accepted for the 10th annual conference of Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton. This three-day conference is the largest event on autism in western Canada, attracting the latest research and science and providing an opportunity for educators, parents, industry leaders and health professionals to learn and share.
The three-day conference will showcase the best-selling author of The Leader in Me, Sean Covey. Other guest speakers will include Amy Laurent, Michael John Carley and Dr. Pat Mirenda.
When: Jan. 24–26, 2018
Where: Rogers Place and Edmonton Marriot River Cree
More information, including registration and cost, can be found at www.childrensautism.ca.