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Moving Forward with High School Redesign - Spring Network Meeting 2017

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Date:March 23, 2017
Time:8:30 am – 3:00 pm
No charge
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Fantasyland Hotel)
17700 - 87 Avenue
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Course code: 17-CR-300

Target Audience

School Teams and Jurisdiction Leaders involved in MFWHSR

About this learning opportunity

Details for the day are: Times still to be confirmed

8:30 – 8:45     Registration and coffee/tea

8:50 to 9:00    Welcome and Introductions  

9:00 – 10:00   Keynote: Supporting Our Most Vulnerable: Linking Brain Development/Trauma Through High School Redesign

Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. This has profound implications for policies, programs, and services that support children and families. During our time together, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes across the lifespan. 

10:00 – 10:10  Coffee and Conversation

10:15 – 11:00  Brain Architecture Game The Brain Architecture Game is an interactive activity based on decades worth of scientific research on how experiences are built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill.

11:05 – 11:50  Breakout Session # 1

Title: Data Geeks at SGCHS

In this session, Kathy will give examples of how staff at Spruce Grove Composite High School used a variety of data points to inform their decision-making as they journeyed from the High School Engagement and Flexibility pilot project to where they are today with High School Redesign.

Presenter: Kathy Mann

Title: District and School Strategies to support ESL Programming in an Inclusive High School Setting

Edmonton Catholic Schools has progressively been working towards embedding best inclusive practices in their High Schools. This session will take you through how their District and High Schools work together to ensure the success of English Language Learners using the Alberta Education ESL Benchmarks, SIOP strategies and Locally Acquired ESL courses.

Presenters: Roslyn Marcelo, Michelle Koshka and Melissa De Stefanis-King

Title: Mental Health Matters

Come and be part of an interactive presentation regarding services and initiatives at Austin O’Brien High School. With school climates changing rapidly, it is time to support our most at risk student population. Handouts, websites and school wide projects will be shared.

Presenters: Patrice Teveniuk and Leanne Burke

Title: Miyo Wahkotowin – Relationship Work to Support Student Success

This session will focus on the student supports provided through the High School Redesign Foundational Principles of Personalization and Relationships at their school. Ermineskin Junior Senior High School is a Cree School on the Ermineskin First Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta.

Presenters: Keith MacQuarrie and Joline Wood

11:50 – 12:35  Lunch

12:40 – 1:25    Breakout Session # 2

Title: Collaborative Mental Health Practices

School based mental health programs support our most vulnerable students. Wraparound services in the school help connect students to mental health supports, post-high school transitions, and recreational opportunities. This session will focus on foundational elements necessary for building a collaborative mental health program in your school that fosters hopeful futures. Discussion will be tailored to strategies schools can employ in building student success.

Presenters: Janet Hancock, Jen Harris, Jen McLester and Kim Howard

Title: Indigenous Leaders In Action

This session outlines the Braided Journeys Leadership support model used when working with Urban Indigenous youth within Edmonton Catholic Schools. This model provides support for youth during significant educational transitions, develops students’ leadership and self-advocacy skills as well as building educational and career goals.  

In this session, youth will outline Reconciliation Projects and leadership opportunities which allow youth to engage in actions that work towards overcoming current challenges faced by our Indigenous communities.

Presenters: Elyse Wood and Youth

Title:  Pyramids of Intervention/ ALERT and CRM Team structures and Intervention Programs to support at risk youth

Responses to students who are at risk can not be ‘one offs’ but rather must have school wide structures in place to ensure student success. While we have a long way to go, over the past 9 years PSC has developed and implemented structures that support ALL students. WE will share concrete examples of tools and resources you can easily implement to begin your journey.

Presenters: Ian Rawlinson, Lacey Elliot

Title: Trauma Informed Practices and High School Redesign

After implementing trauma informed practices at a Redesign High school, we have learned that not only did we need to shift our approaches to instruction, curriculum and scheduling; BUT more importantly had to shift how we created and sustained relationships with students, how teachers interacted daily with students in classrooms and how administration developed school policies and practices. Although this was, and still is, very messy work, it has created an environment in our school that is beginning to show results that tell us we are working effectively with these students.  

Presenters: Sue Bell; Sherri Ritchie

1:30 – 3:00      School Teams/Phase Schools/School Jurisdictions come together to share ideas and plan next steps

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.