High School Redesign Fall Webinars 2020

So, you’ve started the quarter… now what? Anticipating the bumps and what to look for

Tuesday September 15 at 4:00 – 5:30pm 
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Presenters: Joanne Polec, Principal, Anthony Vercillo and Aaron Skretting – Associate Principals, Catholic Central, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

About the Session: This will be a conversational session where we will facilitate you through navigating the next steps of running a quarter system. We will guide you through some ideas to get you to midterm and to the end of the quarter. Questions are welcome!

About the Presenter(s): Joanne Polec has been a teacher (English) for 21 years on the quarter system and has now been a principal at Catholic Central for four years. Aaron Skretting joined Catholic Central’s admin team four years ago and is a social studies teacher.

Anthony Vercillo has served as an associate principal for five years and is also a social studies teacher.

The Return to School: Supporting the Mental Health of High School Students

Monday, September 21 at 4:00-5:15pm
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Presenter: Bev Baker Hofmann, Private Practice Psychologist

About the Session: The positive mental health of students is always a priority but of even greater importance during the pandemic and the return to school.  This session will provide an overview of some of the mental health concerns for youth as a result of COVID-19, help participants understand the unique vulnerability of youth due to adolescent brain development, and provide a strengths-based positive psychology approach to supporting the mental health of high school students. 

About the Presenter: Bev Baker-Hofmann is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience in supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of children and youth, families and educators. With a curiosity for exploring new pathways, Bev has worked in schools and systems as a teacher, counsellor, consultant, coach, district office leader and Education Ministry interchange and has now returned once more to private practice.

Efficacy and Implementation: Using the pillars of redesign to guide best practices

Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00-5:15pm 
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Presenter: Tim Cusack, Deputy Superintendent Edmonton Catholic Schools and Vince Bustamante, Social Studies Consultant

About the Session: This webinar will focus on the impact that educator roles, professional learning and collaboration have on quality teaching. Tim Cusack, Deputy Superintendent, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Vince Bustamante, Social Studies Consultant and Author, Edmonton Catholic schools will present perspectives on how the pillars of high school redesign are rooted in best practices. It is the implementation of these best practices that will impact teacher and leader collective efficacy.  

About the Presenter:  Tim Cusack Ed.D. serves Edmonton Catholic Schools as its Deputy Superintendent. His Ed.D research which focused on understanding the self-efficacy of assistant principals has led to a greater understanding of the impact of mentorship on self efficacy. 

Vince Bustamante serves Edmonton Catholic Schools as its Social Studies Consultant (K-12). His book “Great Teaching by Design: from intention to implementation in the Visible Learning Classroom” (co-authored with John Hattie, John Almarode, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey) is available for pre-order from Corwin Press; published Nov. 2020. 

(Re)Assessment in High School to Foster Growth Mindset

Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00-5:15pm 
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Presenter: Patrick Sproul, Calgary Catholic School District

About the Session: A school’s journey towards Best Practices in Assessment and Reassessment. Exploring areas of success and failures along with supports to put in place to effectively reassess with a focus on fostering a growth mindset. About the Presenter: Patrick has been a High School Math teacher for 20 years with Calgary Catholic School District. He has also been a Math Department head at Notre Dame High School for 10 years. Patrick has been a Member of Calgary Catholic assessment guidelines committee, the Calgary Catholic Teacher advisory Council, and has served on  numerous Provincial Mathematics committees.

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