Flexible Learning Environments

The principle of flexible learning environments acknowledges that learning takes place everywhere, not only in the classroom.

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Expanding Learning Through Building Futures – Verena Roberts & Mark Turner

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 25, 2018

Creating Flexible Learning Opportunities for Students Through Online and Blended Teaching and Learning – Jennifer Southcombe & Dr. Daylene Lauman

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 25, 2018

Blended Learning In Peace River School District – Mark Owens

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

The session focuses on the work that has been done in Peace River School District to create learning opportunities for students that do not have access within their own school. It goes through where a video conferencing classroom was set up to now where we have portable units that can move into labs and anywhere in the school to offer programs at different locations and times. We have tested this new technology with Chemistry 30, and will go over some of the pros and cons of the use of Google Hangouts running a class.

Library to Learning Commons: The Journey – Shayda Cummings

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 6, 2016

Block Scheduling: Innovations With Time

Block Scheduling: Innovations With Time

Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Strategy for High School Reform

Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Strategy for High School Reform

The Dual Credit Psychology Project

This video features the students, parents, teacher and professors involved in the Dual Credit Psychology program at Cochrane High School and the University of Calgary Department of Psychology, as they talk about the benefits of this innovative program.

CHAT” – Cochrane Healing Arts Time

In response to students at risk of disengaging from school due to the anxiety they experience from social and academic pressures, the Cochrane Healing Arts Time (CHAT) Room was opened to provide the opportunity to use flexible instructional materials, techniques, and strategies to meet their unique needs. The CHAT program leads students experiencing anxiety, physical, sensory, cognitive, speech, learning, social and academic stressors through a process of self-exploration and resolution.  This process helps students learn to express themselves and ultimately enables them to be more productive and successful within an educational setting.

Authentic, Immersive Learning Environments – “Building Futures in Cochrane & Airdrie” – Jason Ness & Glen Brooker

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Task Design, Assessment and Project Based Learning at Robert Thirsk High School – Lori Gale, Natasha Heron, Amanda Huddleston and Gayleena Clark

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Calgary Board of Education Unique Pathway Opportunities: Partnering For Student Success – Tennille Cooper & Don Middleton

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Growing Success Creating a Comprehensive ELL Program – Linda Forde and Tamara Neumann

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Building a Student-Centred, Staff Supported Model of Redesign: Practical Strategies for School Leaders – Denise Gulli and Shelag Pedersen

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Teacher Innovation: Leading from Behind – Deana Helton

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

From Flexibility to High School Redesign: Changing Structure, Changing Practice – Darlene Marcinkevics, Katherine Mann, Anil Padayas, Chris Shaw

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Southern Zone Wiki

Rocky View School Division has developed a resource and collaboration area that includes articles, videos, examples of how schools created conditions for change and a collaboration area.

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Learner at the Center of a Networked World

Fascinating report on ways kids learn today in our networked world.

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14 Things That are Obsolete in 21st Century Schools

Saying it’s always been done a certain way isn’t justification for resisting change. A list of persons, places and things that are obsolete in 21st century schools intended to inspire discussion about the future of education.

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14 Things That Are Obsolete in 21st Century Schools

Implementing High School Flexible Scheduling: Meeting the Diverse Educational Needs of Today and Tomorrow’s High School Students! ~ Davis E. Baker

The high school flexible scheduling (or flex schedule) is a unique and creative way to increase a high school course offering by creating additional instructional times outside of the traditional high school instructional day.

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CAFÉ Math/Science ~ Connor Renshaw, Jon Shields, Michel Landry & Michelle Dupuis

Flexibility & Redesign: Our Story ~ Amanda Wildman, Michele Revoy & Lacey Hudson

Student Learning: Their Pace, Their Space ~ Debbie Terceros

Using Flexibility as a Catalyst for Change ~ Michael Nightingale

Morinville Community High School PACK Day

Morinville Community High School (MCHS) has implemented a full day flex concept, PACK Day, modeled after a post-secondary Seminar Day. PACK Day permits students to experience a number of relevant learning choices to address remedial, emergent or divergent needs. This current school semester, MCHS is piloting three of these days.
Follow this link to their website to see the first PACK Day in action. For more information, please contact the school.