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Early Years Evaluation – Teacher Assessment

Posted by elizabethmgouthro October - 10 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Elizabeth Gouthro, Director of Learning Services, Calgary Board of Education – Early Years Evaluation – Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) – What has the Calgary Board of Education learned? Since 2011, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has used the EYE-TA in Kindergarten to assess children’s development in five domains. The EYE-TA ensures that Kindergarten teachers look at each child in a holistic, developmental way and emphasizes the importance of providing programming  [ Read More ]

Student Orientation to School Questionnaire

Posted by johnburger October - 9 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Dr. John Burger, RVS Director – A casual perusal of current educational research journals demonstrates a growing emphasis on the role of students’ affective or socio-emotional experience of school as a key determiner of academic success. The September 2013 issue of Educational Leadership focused on resilience and learning and included articles on building resilience, the influence of caring teachers, ideas for connecting with troubled students and building students self-confidence.  [ Read More ]

Using the Right Technology & Pedagogy

Posted by stacypothier October - 8 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Authors: Heather Hill & Stacy Pothier, RVS Alumni & Administrator – Using the Right Technology and Pedagogy to Enhance Thinking, Learning & Teaching: The Impact of A Collaborative Action Research Project – What are the ingredients for our successful project? In this case it was 10 inquisitive learners (teachers in K-4, FI & English) committed to collaborative action research, time for collaborative professional development, technology tools and a guide on the side – in  [ Read More ]

Implementing a Professional Learning Framework

Posted by pamelaadams October - 7 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Pamela Adams, University of Lethbridge – School leaders and central office administration often express to me their frustration or uncertainty that, despite all good intentions, and not insignificant amount of funding, the jury is still out on the extent to which professional development translates into enhanced teaching practices or increased student learning. For their part, teachers report that they are not always inspired, motivated, or activated by their  [ Read More ]

What are Partner Research Schools?

Posted by cynthiaprasow October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Authors: Cynthia Prasow, Director of Partner Research Schools, and Jennifer Lock, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. The Partner Research Schools initiative is aligned with the Education Research Framework document ratified 2011 by the Education Research Partnership Committee and guided by the Inspiring Education document. What are partner research schools? Partner Research Schools (PRS) are dynamic collaborations among schools, communities, and universities leading innovation through research-active inquiry and  [ Read More ]

Assistive Technology Implementation

Posted by kathyhowery October - 3 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Kathy Howery, University of Alberta – Assistive Technology Implementation: How do we know it? How can we show it? I was delighted to be asked to participate in the recent Rocky View Research Conference, and particularly delighted to have the opportunity to talk about assistive technology implementation. Why is this topic so near and dear to my heart you might ask? Well that’s easy – now more than ever  [ Read More ]

Re-Awakening Wonder in Elementary Math

Posted by lesliewaite October - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Leslie Waite, RVS Assistant Principal – “Math isn’t a creative subject!” was a typical reaction to the topic of my Master’s Thesis. Most associate creativity with the arts, not with mathematics. So, what is mathematical creativity? Simply put, the process of creation implies the coming together of two or more ideas, which are then mixed and remixed into something new. So, it is taking what is known about  [ Read More ]

The ECMap Project

Posted by susanlynch September - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Susan Lynch, U of A Project Director – How are our young children doing? Too many are being left behind. As a part of the panel at the RVS Research Conference, I was pleased to do a short presentation on the Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) which illustrated the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to capture a picture the developmental progress of preschool children across Alberta.  [ Read More ]

Celebrating Collaborative Research 2014

Posted by johnburger September - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Dr. John Burger, RVS Director of Schools – Research & Data – The 2012 Rocky View Schools Research Conference had a strong external bias and focused extensively on the theoretical design of a SIS, and hosted researchers from 9 universities representing 3 Canadian provinces and 3 states. The 2014 Research Conference theme, “Celebrating Collaborative Research: Using Data to Inform Practice, was heavily premised on an internal/external balance of research completed  [ Read More ]

School And System Data As Educational Tools

Posted by admin January - 16 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Murray Besenski, Associate Superintendent of Schools – Positive school system results are directly connected to empowering educators to use data to inform instruction at the school level. At the system level, policies and procedures can be developed and implemented, and resources put in place to support, and at times pressure schools, but system performance is a direct result of the actions taken at the school/classroom level. Data informed  [ Read More ]

Using Data To Inform Decision Making

Posted by admin January - 10 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Author: Dr. John Burger, RVS Director of Schools – Ellen Mandinach and Edith Gummer in the January/February 2013 issue of Educational Researcher observe that, “The scope and nature of data available to educators is growing at an increasing rate.” They go on to note that all educators need to understand how to use evidence to inform their decisions rather than to rely only on intuition, anecdotes, or personal preferences.  [ Read More ]


RVS Guest Author: Doug Sanden, Airdrie Resident – I just learned that the topic of innovation is being taught within Rocky View Schools. As a member of the local community studying the topic of innovation, a few questions popped into my mind: Q1. How long has innovation been taught in RVS (and am I the last person in the region to catch on to this)? Q2. What aspects of the  [ Read More ]


Guest Author: Manny Ferreirinha, Director of Organizational Learning – Welcome to Cycle 5 of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI)! Rocky View Schools (RVS) is delighted to be involved in the current round of AISI that, in past years, has been an Alberta success and without parallel in the world. We are very excited that Cycle 5 promises to bring together Alberta Education’s transformational agenda with RVS’ Three Year Plan, “The  [ Read More ]

Building Optimal Student Information Systems

Posted by Angela Spanier September - 7 - 2012 2 Comments

Guest author: John Burger, Director of Schools –  On August 23-25, 2012 Rocky View Schools (RVS) in cooperation with Thompson Rivers University and the University of Calgary co-hosted a Research Conference on Building Optimal Student Information Systems for Enhanced School and System Educational Leadership.  Twenty-four researchers, discussants and panelists were invited to share their research and insights into the design and implementation of more effective student information systems.   Nine universities  [ Read More ]

Deconstructing the Transformation

Posted by Angela Spanier February - 27 - 2012 0 Comment

Guest author: Greg Bass, Superintendent of Schools – It is time to tell Rocky View Schools’ story. Many conversations over the last six months with all stakeholders, both internal and external to our system, reveal that some people are struggling existentially with what the transformation is all about. What do 21st C classrooms look like? What are we aspiring to achieve? What is different? In RVS, and specifically in my  [ Read More ]

Innovation as Caring

Posted by Angela Spanier September - 8 - 2011 0 Comment

When I think about innovation in my classroom and the ways in which learning has changed as a result of the new directions education is taking, I really feel that it is about showing a deep and caring connection to our students and their culture….

The Mobile Learning Mystery; What is it?

Posted by Angela Spanier April - 3 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest Blogger – Derek Keenan – If you don’t spend a great deal of time reading educational technology blogs, (not sure who does, other than me) the term mobile learning might strike you with images of doing algebra on a train, or reciting shakespeare while riding a bike. However, mobile learning is far from a mystery for educational researchers who have been working with small, portable devices in education for some time…

Balanced and Comprehensive Student Data

Posted by Angela Spanier March - 30 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest author, John Burger – What would a comprehensive and balanced student database look like at school, school system and provincial levels, and how should data be organized to maximize its usefulness?  In my second blog I observed that data is scary for many individuals given the anxiety produced when data is used to blame or shame those accountable for the desired results.  So, in this third blog, I want  [ Read More ]

Enough About the Answer; What’s the Right Question?

Posted by Angela Spanier March - 4 - 2011 2 Comments
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Guest author, Derek Keenan – More and more we hear in education about project-based learning; having students engage in meaningful, purposeful learning that is related to real-life. Also called inquiry-based learning, it is a subject that Alberta Education has researched in past documents like Focus on Inquiry from 2004. More recently, Alberta Education has used Twitter to link to an Educational Leadership Article on project-based learning. Our students are moving toward a much more open and engaging educational system, and many of them are already living it…

Change is the New Standard in Education

Posted by Angela Spanier February - 10 - 2011 2 Comments

Guest author, Derek Keenan – The first Educational Technology Standard for students from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is creativity and innovation. Innovation in education is an interesting concept. After all, haven’t great teachers been innovators all along? Why are we going to shake it up now? Yet when we look at the adoption of technology as innovation for education, it takes a special kind of teacher to make it happen. Teachers who are not afraid to challenge current thinking, and teachers who are willing to learn as they teach. In addition to the right person, the innovation must be supported in order for the experience to be a positive one that leads into more growth.