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ERLC and EPSB Project: Ministerial Order on Student Learning; What are the 3 Es? What are the cross-curricular competencies?

By Kyle Wagner, Teacher, Ottewell Junior High School, Edmonton Public Schools   I had the pleasure of working on a project involving the Ministerial Order on Student Learning with assistance from the ERLC. The project allowed us to come together as a group and discuss what the Ministerial Order was and how this impacts the day-to-day operation of…

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Great things happening at St. Mary School, Living Waters Catholic Schools and ERLC!

by Principal Floyd Have you ever tried to read something written in a foreign language? Have you ever felt frustrated by a problem you just couldn’t solve? Surely, you’ve heard the ‘new math’ vs. ‘old math’ debate! Last Friday, Keith Van De Keere came to our professional learning day and immersed our teachers in the…

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Great things happening at St. Francis of Assisi Academy, Living Waters Catholic Schools and ERLC!

    by Dwayne Zarichny Many of our staff went to the PBL- Project Based workshop in the fall and they all loved it – so much so that their raving infected our staff and we ended up sending EVERYONE to the following sessions. They all agreed it was well worth the time away from…

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Curriculum Redesign PLCs facilitated by ERLC

By Tania Lawrence, Kindergarten VP, Ermineskin Elementary School, Miyo Wahkohtowin Education I am currently one of the Vice Principals at Ermineskin Elementary School. For the past 2 years, I have overseen the Kindergarten department, which is comprised of approximately 200 kindergarten children and a teaching staff of 10. The MWE administration team, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and…

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The Ecological Literacy Workshop… experiences not soon to be forgotten

By Cathie Heslinga, Parkallen School, Edmonton Public Schools The Ecological Literacy Workshop was a valuable time with colleagues and Antonella Bell. Having time to sit and observe was very enlightening and the written responses and drawings we shared, brought out knowledge, feelings and connections to our shared place among nature. We gave one another permission to free…

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Preparing for the upcoming changes in Alberta’s curriculum

By Tiffany Hourie, JR/HS Social Studies Teacher and Social Studies Department Head I am a high school teacher at Ermineskin Junior Senior High. I, along with the leadership team from my school, have been participating in the curriculum redesign professional learning sessions (5 sessions in total) facilitated by ERLC.  These sessions have been specifically designed for our…

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Ministerial Order on Student Learning: 3 Essential Conditions to Consider

By Rob Hempstock, Vice-Principal, Ermineskin Jr. Sr. High When you first look at the Ministerial Order on Student Learning you can become overwhelmed by the thought of how to make it work.  But when you start thinking about who it benefits it all becomes clear.  With Curriculum Redesign our goals as Educators will be to ensure that every…

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Learning about Inspiring Education: A Dialogue With Albertans

By Elisabeth Thomsen, PhD, Principal, Mount Pleasant A group of administrators from Edmonton Public Schools decided to learn more about Inspiring Education (April 2010), the province’s long-term vision document, during their 2014 fall PD. To this end, the Strathcona Catchment Leadership Group, comprising 30 Edmonton Public Schools’ principals and assistant principals, gathered on October 23 and…