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Nov 10
Curriculum Implementation Day a special time for NVSD staff
Director of Instruction Adam Baumann played host for the secondary CI Day programme on October 2.

by Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications

Curriculum Implementation Day is a special time for staff in our school district.

The professional development event is much more than a chance to keep abreast of curricular change – it is a day to collaborate with peers, ensure instructional plans for the year root in best practice, and for educators to be inspired to foster strong connections with students.

Curriculum Implementation Day, held on October 2 this year, started with a warm welcome from Superintendent Mark Pearmain, followed by messages from the Swx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Secondary school educators tuned in to virtual sessions, including the plenary talk, Instructional Planning in a Hybrid Model.

The presentation featured practical examples from colleagues on their approach to hybrid learning, and reflections on how their practice has evolved to align with this new teaching environment.


Family of Schools' teacher leaders tune in to CI Day sessions from the Education Services Centre.

An afternoon plenary panel focused on the importance of building connection and belonging within our classrooms and schools – and how to achieve this goal.

How do we maintain the wellness of our adults and students for the betterment of our system and community?

CI Day participants further explored this topic during breakout sessions focused on extension of learning topics, including Place-based Outdoor Learning, and Bringing Indigenous Perspectives into Your Classroom.


An NVSD Learning Services staff member participates in a breakout session on CI Day.


There was also an opportunity to hear directly from a panel of three youth and young adults about their thoughts and experiences on community and wellbeing within the NVSD during the pandemic.

Elementary schools marked CI Day by each setting their own agenda and plan for the day under general umbrella themes: Planning for Transition, Hybrid Learning, and Blended Learning.

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Ridgeway Elementary staff watch a virtual presentation on CI Day.

Sherwood Park Grade 2/3 English teacher Amy McDermid joins her French teaching counterpart, Debra Douglass, on Curriculum Implementation Day.


“I found this CI Day to be one of the most useful formats I had experienced. There was an overall structure yet there was considerable freedom to work and collaborate with our colleagues in a meaningful way,” described an École Sherwood Park primary French immersion teacher:

Said another Sherwood teacher inspired by CI Day programming: “We had a productive time looking at year plans and sharing ideas for incorporating First Peoples Principles of Learning into our teaching.”



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