PDK Dinner, Wednesday, April 22: Report Cards and Communicating Student Learning–Leadership and Learning in a Changing World
The UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will convene on Wednesday, April 22 to visit with colleagues and discuss “Leadership and Learning in a Changing World,” led by two distinguished educators. They will be Jordan Tinney, Superintendent and CEO of Surrey Schools and George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division, Alberta.
There is little doubt that the changes we have seen in society over the past 20 years have been dramatic. The forces impacting classrooms are requiring us to revisit some of our core beliefs about learning. Questions arise such as, “Do our current reporting and assessment structures support the learning we want?” or, “If we believe that change is accelerating, then what do the changes mean for our expectations of system leaders both formal and informal?”
Over the past two years, Surrey School district has embarked on a district-wide strategy to reconsider our reporting practices in a way that fundamentally changes the conversations we are having with teachers and parents about learning. We believe that traditional report cards place an enormous burden on teacher time and do not adequately communicate the complexity of the learning process or the classroom. We are looking to a future where ongoing communication about learning results in no formal report cards during the year. At this point, we have over 1000 teachers involved in this work. In turn, as we “Make Learning Visible” for our students, we are also considering what it looks like to “Make Leadership Visible” in new ways for our school and district leaders. If we are moving in fundamentally different directions, what leadership from all levels will be required to get us there?
Our two prominent educational leaders are well suited to address this important topic. Jordan Tinney is a frequent presenter on the use of technology for learning. He has addressed issues concerning report cards in his blog, Ed Praxis, and has investigated electronic profiles as an alternative to them. George Couros is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student engagement and learning. His focus is to help create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools. You will have the opportunity to engage our two discussion leaders.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.!
Place: The Arbutus Club — 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, corner of Nanton and Arbutus Street, just south of King Edward Avenue. Parking is available in the parkade on the right-hand side after you enter the Arbutus Club lot.
Program price: $55 for PDK members, $75 for nonmembers. Pay at the door. Cash and cheques are accepted. We issue professional development receipts.
Please contact Eileen Phillips, our Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Friday, April 17, for a reservation. An early response is recommended. You will be sent a confirmation.*
Arrivals 5:00-5:30. Bring your team! “We are Pro D.” We hope to see you there.
*All participants register beforehand for our dinner programs. The Arbutus Club requires PDK to commit to payment ahead of the event. If you register and learn that you are not able to attend, please inform our registrar before the deadline above and your name will be removed from the list. If you do not attend the dinner and are unable to cancel beforehand, please send a cheque to David Hope (payable to PDK UBC) at 8884 Russell Drive, Delta BC V4C 4P8.