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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 jburger 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 Stacy-Ann Pothier 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 lwaite 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 jburger 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 ]

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Posted by abloxam September - 2 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author – Audrey Bloxham, Director of Student Transportation – It takes a village to raise a child – and it also takes many caring people to teach our students to ride on a school bus. Riding a school bus requires that students are punctual, reasonably quiet, polite, and able to sit in a cramped space without pushing or shoving. Students also must remember to use appropriate language, and to  [ Read More ]