“Listen to Teachers” Tinney & Couros @ PDK April 22, 2015

Report Cards and Communicating Student Learning: Leadership & Learning in a Changing World

Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Surrey, and George Couros, Division Principal of Parkland School Division (Alberta), made a dynamic presentation and then responded to questions on assessment and report cards from a large audience at the Arbutus Club.  Initially, they provided many observations and examples of how students, teachers, and others are connected today.  Connections between people and educational leadership have both changed greatly in the last 20 years.  Our speakers raised serious questions of how school reporting is done, its costs, and most importantly, its effectiveness for learning and student engagement.  They offered three electronic alternatives and commented on their reception by teachers, parents, and students in Surrey, noting that 1500 teachers had adopted them – elementary and secondary. The audience was invited to follow reactions to the talk on Twitter at #pdkedchat, to explore the topics further at jordantinney.org and georgecouros.ca/blog, and especially, to “listen to teachers.”

by Dan Brown

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Jordan Tinney and George Couros speaking at PDK Dinner Meeting: Wed., Apr. 22 : Report Cards and Communicating Student Learning: Leadership and Learning in a Changing World

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 ephillips555@gmail.com no later than noon on Friday, April 17, for a reservation.  An early response is recommended. You will be sent a confirmation.*

Arrivals 5:005:30. 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.

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Dinner Session Postponed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the “Working with the Media” PDK dinner meeting with Janet Steffenhagen and Kurt Heinrich will be postponed.  We look forward to hosting this session at a later date.

Please note that our next scheduled dinner meeting is on April 22, 2015:  “Innovation in Our Midst” with guest speakers, George Couros and Jordan Tinney.

We hope to see you then!

Sincerely, Carrie Froese (PDK President)

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Working with the Media

The UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will convene on

Thursday, February 26, 2105

to connect with colleagues and discuss

“WORKING WITH THE MEDIA

led by our engaging panelists:

Janet Steffenhagen, formerly a Vancouver Sun news reporter &

Kurt Heinrich, Public Relations Manager for the Vancouver School Board 

People care greatly about how their children are educated; schools and districts are often under media scrutiny.  Getting your message across can be tricky and lead to misunderstandings.  Educators need to know reporters’ objectives.  They also need to prepare for bad news and to identify good news in their schools and districts.  But what constitutes good news?  What do journalists really want to know?  How can educators stay on message to avoid errors?  How does a story get publicity?  The speakers will address these questions and you will have the opportunity to engage with them.

Our two panelists are well suited to help educators to be more effective in their engagements with all members of the media….

Janet Steffanhagen has been a parliamentary reporter, a news editor, a city editor, and a     news reporter covering elementary-secondary education.  She developed and wrote the popular Sun blog called Education Report.  Now semi-retired, she is an editorial board member for Education Canada magazine.

Kurt Heinrich manages communications for the VSB.  Previously, he provided strategic public relations counsel with a variety of organizations.  He currently serves on communications committees of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the STAND Foundation and is active in other community organizations.

Mark your calendar for: Thursday, February 26 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Flyer: PDK Feb 2015 Dinner Invite Flyer

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 Cost: $55 for PDK members, $75 for nonmembers – this includes your buffet dinner. Pay at the door. Cash and cheques are accepted.  We issue professional development receipts.

Contact RegistrarEileen Phillips at ephillips555@gmail.com no later than noon on Feb. 23, for a reservation.  An early response is recommended. * You will be sent an e-confirmation.

Arrivals: 5:00-5:30 pm       Bring your team! “We are Pro D.”  We hope to have you join us!

*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.

PDK-UBC Communication Coordinator: Karen Addie

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Summary: Pro-D Dinner Meeting – Nov. 26

PDK Dinner on Assessment and Reporting

 The dynamic team of Jordan Tinney and Jan Unwin led the discussion on how teachers assess and report on student progress.  He is the Superintendent/CEO of the Surrey School District; she is Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions for the Ministry.  They articulated the need for educators to identify their values and for their assessment to reflect what they value, such as the important human connection between teacher and student.  The new curriculum with its focus on competencies and mastery learning no longer emphasizes the minutae of content.  Instead, educators have the space to pursue new ideas such as continuous reporting instead of letter grades.  These shifts require considerable “up front” deliberations in order for teachers to have the social licence to pursue changes to reporting systems that have worked well for some people in the past.

by Dan Brown

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2015 PDK Vancouver Update

Happy 2015! I hope that your year is off to a good start. Holidays feel like a distant memory but I haven’t abandoned all of my New Year’s resolutions or the sense it is a fresh year with new opportunities.

Our PDK Vancouver event in November 2014 was a huge success. We were not surprised to have record numbers attending the panel discussion: “Building Community in Times of Change” with Dr. Blye Frank, Kit Kreiger and Chris Kennedy. The panelists provided engaging dialogue about the educational context in British Columbia and challenged our thinking on future directions.

We are also thrilled by the topics and speakers for our remaining programs of this year. Janet Steffenhagen, award winning journalist, and Kurt Heinrich, Public Relations Manager for the Vancouver School Board, will be shedding some light on “Working with the Media”. This program will take place on February 26th and registration details will be released very soon.

As many in the educational community know, George Couros, has been working with the Surrey School district with a focus on innovative practices. When George is in town this Spring working in Surrey, we are fortunate to have him and Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools in Surrey, as panelists for our PDK Vancouver dinner event on Innovation. Be sure to continue to check the PDK Vancouver site for registration information for this April 22nd dinner meeting professional development session.

We are proud as the PDK Vancouver Executive to be able to further the conversation on topics pertinent to our practice as educators in so many different contexts. We welcome you to join in this conversation and become full PDK members with chapter membership in #0124. Our modus operandi in PDK is …

SERVICE IN EDUCATION

LEADERSHIP

RESEARCH

Carrie Froese, PDK President

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Building Community in Times of Change

The UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will convene on

Wednesday, November 26

to visit with colleagues and discuss

“Building Community in a Time of Change”

led by three engaging panelists….

Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of West Vancouver Schools

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty Education at UBC

Kit Krieger, Executive Director of the  BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association

The context of education is undergoing many complex changes. For example, technological advances, population movements and new educational designs all require us to know where are we now, where are we going and how do we get there together?

Our three outstanding panelists are well suited to help us move forward as they have considerable experience with change.  Chris Kennedy has spearheaded the informed use of technology in schools. Blye Frank has guided the revitalization of teaching methods in the medical profession. Kit Krieger has presented self-regulatory reforms for teacher professionalism. Each panelist has met challenges and found ways to build community to result in learning.

Mark your calendar for: Wednesday, November 26 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. Please pay at the door. Cash and cheques are accepted.  We issue professional development receipts.

Registrar Contact: Eileen Phillips, ephillips555@gmail.com – no later than noon on Friday, November 21, 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 payable to UBC-PDK for the full amount to Brian Leonard, 3610 Hastings Street, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 4N6.

 Flyer: PDK Fall Dinner Mtg. 2014

PDK-UBC Communication Coordinator: Karen Addie
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