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
Curriculum Implementation Day, held on
October 2 this year, started with a warm welcome from Superintendent Mark
Pearmain, followed by messages from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh
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.
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