2017 Conference Presentations

2017 Conference Presentations

Please note that 2017 CASSA Conference Presentations are being posted as they become available.
Below are the approved Presentations to date. The Presentation Title and Presenter are displayed on a Title Bar.
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Updated: June 28th

Description of the Presentation:
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide are critical concerns for school staff. However, school personnel consistently report feeling “in the dark” and ill-equipped to support students who self-injure or report suicidal thoughts. Effective response to NSSI and suicide prevention requires a school-wide systematic approach. This presentation will focus on the process of developing school protocols for responding to NSSI and suicide in schools. Critical components, unexpected challenges, and concrete examples of the protocols will be presented.

Presenter Bios:
Dr. Bloom is a psychologists at the Lester B. Pearson School Board, where she has worked in elementary and high school supporting students with mental health concerns, while equipping staff to better understand mental health. Dr. Bloom is currently the Coordinator of the Family School and Support Treatment Team, a model in schools composed of behavioral technicians and consultants to support students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. She also coordinates the Center of Excellence for Mental Health, where she provides workshops and builds capacity for school staff across the 10 English school boards in Quebec.

Dr. Cindy Finn, Director of Student Services, Lester B. Pearson School Board

Dr. Nancy Heath, James McGill Professor, McGill University.
Description of the Presentation:
Chief Justice Murray Sinclair said, “We heard how, separated from their language, culture, spiritual traditions, and their collective history, how children became unable to answer questions as simple as: Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? And, who am I?”
The presentation will discuss how FSD has taken the Kairo's Blanket exercise and adapted it to each of our schools communities so participants learn their local history.
We change the exercise based on where we are presenting and highlight the localIndigenous history.
Through FSD's Blanket Exercise we help our children and community members better understand the answers to those questions.

Presenter Bios:
Reg Klassen has spent thirty years serving students in a number of communities and educational situations and is currently serves as the Chief Superintendent of Frontier School Division. He holds bachelor degrees in Theology, Arts, Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. Prior to his appointment as Chief Superintendent he worked in both private and public education in a variety of capacities including guidance counsellor, resource teacher, classroom teacher, vice principal, principal, and Superintendent.

He has served as the Chair of Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools and Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools Education Committee, as the President for the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, and is currently the President - elect for the Canadian Association of School System Administrators.
Reg is married to Karyn who is an educator working as a resource teacher and reading specialist. They have two sons, three daughters, and one granddaughter.

This will be co-presented by Marti Ford, Area 3 Superintendent, who holds the Cultural portfolio for the division.

Description of the Presentation:
Modern approaches in education emphasize educating the whole child. This means not only attending to the academic growth of students but enriching their psychological, physical, social, and spiritual development as well. Join us for an interactive session with the Student Services team from the Lester B. Pearson School Board, a K-11 district in the Montreal area. We will focus on our mental health initiatives, physical health promotion activities, and our community and spiritual care initiatives.

Presenter Bios:
All 3 presenters are from Lester B. Pearson. Cindy Finn is the Director of Student Services at LBPSB. Marie Eve Claude is Assistant Director of Student Services and Erik Olsthoorn is the Coordinator of Student Services
Description of the Presentation:
Steilacoom Historical School District in Northwest Washington State has a systemwide focus on self-regulation strategies for students. We will share how school and district leadership shifted thinking away from student compliance toward honoring social-emotional health and individualized problem solving for optimal development. The presentation will include resources for school-wide systems of support in the form of “power ups” to help students feel connected, while regulating and understanding emotions..

Presenter Bio:
Kathi Weight is the Superintendent of Steilacoom Historical School District and a former elementary school principal. Superintendent Weight earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Reading from Washington State University, her Masters in Educational Technology from City University and her Principal and Superintendent Certification from Seattle Pacific University. Mrs. Weight is currently completing her dissertation work with Seattle Pacific University on mental health support strategies in schools. Kathi works collaboratively with her administrative team to focus on providing systems of support for students’ social and emotional health.

Alex Clauson is the principal of Saltar’s Point Elementary in the Steilacoom Historical School District. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Clauson has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator in urban, suburban and international schools. Alex has focused a great deal of his current work on supporting student’s behavioral and mental health using positive behavior support and individual intervention plans based on the specific needs of each student. Over the past 4 years, the team at Saltar’s Point Elementary has embraced the belief that by meeting all students where they are, we can move forward together.

Mary Snyder currently serves as an instructional facilitator in Steilacoom Historical School District and has a teaching background of over 18 years in elementary education, reading and instructional coaching. Mary’s current work focuses on developing a whole learner perspective and supporting school staff in leveraging new pedagogies and practices to develop student self-regulation and autonomy.
Description of the Presentation:
The LBPSB has worked with its school teams to include Wellness in their ongoing school level planning. Beginning with the school district strategic plan 2010 to 2015, the school board’s Student Services Department, Educational Services Department and Directors of Schools collaborated to create school level success teams in each school. The focus of these teams was and continues to be a data driven emphasis on pedagogical and environmental success factors in school level planning. This workshop will highlight the district’s journey in leading and supporting these success teams, while also underlining the successful strategies and potential pitfalls that districts may face in similar planning. The workshop will also showcase specific initiatives that have had direct impact on student wellness and academic success.

Presenter Bios:
Christopher is currently the Director of Schools, Region 2, for the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) in Montreal, Quebec. His career in school system administration also included his role as the Assistant Director of Student Services for LBPSB from 2012 to 2015, and as the Coordinator of Student Services for LBPSB from 2009 to 2011 when he worked as a liaison to the health and social services network.

Veronique is currently Director of Schools, Region 1 and Director of Adult Education with the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Québec. Prior to this position, she was Assistant Director of Continuing Education, a position she held for 4 years.
Description of the Presentation:
Over the past couple of years, our data is suggesting that both staff and students are feeling high levels of stress and anxiety. A recent organizational review and various other school and system data sources have indicated that we are facing a significant challenge when it comes to mental health and wellness. We will share some of the strategies we are using to create a mentally healthy school district, successful or otherwise and facilitate discussion around building healthy communities in the face of adversity and challenge.

Presenter Bios:
Jason Kupery (Director of Learning) and Ryan Brennan (Director of Human Resources) have worked for Palliser Regional Schools for the past 10 years and are excited about designing and implementing positive change for students and staff. They were both school administrators within the district prior to joining the Central Services team. They felt strongly that steps needed to be taken to stem the tide of the potential mental health crisis that was looming for both students and staff that are under an increasing amount of pressure and stress for results.
Description of the Presentation:
In this session we will model ways to engage students in learning about health through hands-on / minds-on activities developed. The modeled activities are available now across Canada, and teachers frequently use them with their students. Examples include "The Science of Stress," a series of explorations that help Grade 4-6 students understand the experience of stress, as well as ways to help students learn to code in the context of understanding the relevance of health to their daily lives. This is an opportunity for you to see activities such as these for yourself, ask questions and influence future changes to them. Join David along with trained volunteers who work with teachers and students to learn more!

Presenter Bio:
As Vice President of Programs for Let’s Talk Science, David Lapides leads the team responsible for design, development and delivery of resources for Preschool to Grade 12 educators and their students. A former educator, David held various senior management roles with Calgary-based SMART Technologies, a global leader in collaborative learning technology. Prior to SMART, David was Vice President of Operations for ExploreLearning, makers of the award-winning digital math and science simulations known as Gizmos. He was a co-founder and Director of Product Development for the ActiveInk Corporation, a pioneer in online, inquiry-based, crosssubject environmental studies.
Description of the Presentation:
The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) with Dr. John Freeman at Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG), Queen’s University, has developed a Core Indicators Model which looks at the impact of a comprehensive school health (CSH) approach to student achievement. This framework in two versions (linear and circular) is useful to educators in looking beyond traditional approaches to measurement of school success. This presentation will be inter-active, with discussion on the model and the important links between CSH and student achievement. During this session participants will:

  1. Discuss an expanded meaning of student achievement;
  2. Explore the linkages between comprehensive school health and student achievement;
  3. Consider core indicators and some sample measures for evaluating the effectiveness of CSH initiatives on student achievement outcomes.

Presenter Bio:

Katherine Eberl Kelly was appointed Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) in 2010. Katherine holds an M.Ed in Leadership and Learning from the UPEI, as well as a B.Ed from the University of Regina and a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan.
She has held variety of senior level positions in the health and education systems including Director of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Relations, Chief Executive Officer of a regional health authority, and Director of Child and Family, Mental Health and Addictions. She has also been a lecturer in the UPEI Faculty of Education and a classroom teacher.

Susan Hornby is a Senior Advisor here at the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

Description of the Presentation:
The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) seeks to present a workshop on its Positive Mental Health (PMH) Toolkit, newly revised in 2016-2017. JCSH has worked with Educational Psychologists, Drs. Bill Morrison and Patricia Peterson with the assistance of a provincial and territorial Advisory Committee to develop a toolkit using a Comprehensive School Health approach to help enable and improve healthy relationship development in all students. Positive Mental Health and Comprehensive School Health approaches both share the perspective of moving beyond a problem-focused, interventionist approach to one of a system-wide, proactive, self-determination lens.

The format has been changed from a single e-book to six modules with actionable messages and practical approaches to assist administrators, educators, students and the school community in promoting PMH.

Presenter Bio:
Katherine Eberl Kelly was appointed Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) in 2010. Katherine holds an M.Ed in Leadership and Learning from the UPEI, as well as a B.Ed from the University of Regina and a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan. She has held variety of senior level positions in the health and education systems including Director of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Relations, Chief Executive Officer of a regional health authority, and Director of Child and Family, Mental Health and Addictions. She has also been a lecturer in the UPEI Faculty of Education and a classroom teacher.

Susan Hornby is a Senior Advisor here at the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

Description of the Presentation:
In 2010, LBPSB reviewed its interventions and resource allocation in its lower performing schools. Through analysis, it was no surprise that most of these schools were located in low socio-economic areas. In an attempt to ameliorate the situation, we embarked on a new journey that focused on some findings from the ACES study and involved system wide implementation of a trauma sensitive approach to learning. Over the next few years we worked to build capacity, promote best practices and realign our school resources. We will share our journey in the implementation of trauma sensitive approaches that have enhanced school climate and increased students’ ability to learn.

Presenter Bio:
David Meloche - Director of Schools, Region 3 including 16 elementary/high schools (2010-present). Principal (2004-2010).

Jennifer Kurta - Principal LaSalle Comprehensive Community High School (2013- present). Principal Verdun Elementary (2010-2013). Principal at Phoenix Alternative High School.

Douglas Stewart - Principal LaSalle Elementary (2015-present), Kativik School Board, Nunavik (2014-15), Principal Dorval Elementary (2012-2014)
Description of the Presentation:
This workshop will share an initiative implemented at the Thames Valley District School Board to support students who present with challenging behaviours. Experience strategies that enhance student learning and wellbeing and foster positive school and classroom cultures based on our belief that “Students are not giving us a hard time; they are having a hard time”.

Presenter Bio:
Lisa Munro Learning Supervisor, Culture for Learning TVDSB
Charlene Camillo Learning Coordinator, Culture for Learning TVDSB
Melanie Ferdinand, Coordinator School Counselling and Social Work Services, TVDSB
Description of the Presentation:
Educators play a major role as a community partner in suicide prevention. These efforts are complicated by the role of social media and adolescents’ responses to suicide ideation and completed suicide. The workshop will highlight some of the work done by the Thames Valley District School Board in S-W Ontario in partnership with mental health agencies. The presentation will focus on the awareness, prevention, early intervention into adolescent suicide. The school board team will offer reflections on a series of suicides in one city and the challenges in dealing with the aftermath including interactions with parents, adolescents, community leaders and the media.

Presenter Bio:
Karen Edgar, Superintendent of Student Achievement, TVDSB
Melanie Ferdinand, Coordinator, School Counselling and Social Work Services, TVDSB
Gail Lalonde, Mental Health Lead, TVDSB
Description of the Presentation:
Data shows that students across Canada have high levels of anxiety and depression. What are schools doing to contribute to these alarming statistics? This presentation will examine how poor assessment practices may be a contributing factor. To help our students succeed we need to have growth mind sets and move towards Healthy Student Assessment Practices. Such practices are rooted in being a champion for students, differentiating and having an opportunity for a reassessment.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Bryan Szumlas is an Area Director for the Calgary Catholic Separate School District #1 in Alberta. With 27 years in education, he has had many wonderful opportunities to lead as a principal, supervisor and director of Instructional Services. Bryan is the former chair of the Alberta Assessment Consortium. His passion is rooted in sound assessment practices. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the topic. He obtained his bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary.

Daniel Danis is Director of Instructional Services 

 Richard Svoboda is Superintendent of Human Resources 

Description of the Presentation:
In collaboration with a number of school divisions across Alberta, we have developed a model of Wellness, based on an understanding that through the relationships children have with their caregivers and their teachers, they begin to develop the “story” of themselves and others around them. When children have "anchors" in place, they have a much greater chance of developing into healthy, regulated, and competent learners. Similarly, when staff are able to do this for each other, incredible and resilient teams come together. In a model designed with this in mind, we hope to assist school divisions across our province, and this country, in addressing the significant mental health challenges our students and our educators are facing.

Presenter Bio:
Darlene Ferris is the Director of Wellness and Human Services for Wild Rose School Division in Alberta. Darlene has been an educator for over 20 years, has a Masters Degree in School and Child Psychology and is a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute. She is responsible for promoting and addressing both staff and student wellness in her division. After a significant number of tragedies and what appeared to be a mental health epidemic in her schools she teamed up with local clinical psychologist Dr. Jody Carrington to mitigate this crisis.

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Following a key note delivered at CASS in March 2016, Dr. Carrington has become particularly passionate about working with educators in creating a model of wellness that we think might just change the world.
Description of the Presentation:
We all know that life is a journey and not a destination! So, why not plan a joyful destination for a purposeful journey. Wouldn’t it be so great to feel joyful as you’re pursuing a vision and a purpose for your journey, and, on all levels? A physical, emotional and spiritual journey of well being!

Presenter Bio:
Teacher for over 40 years, 20 years in the Lebanon and 20+ at the WCDSB in Waterloo ON,
Educational consulatnt for School Reform. Associate School Inspector in the UAE. (CFBT/OFSTED) UK.
B.Ed, BA Psychology, Masters in Neuroscience towards a Ph.D, (in progress). Speaker and Lecturer at several prestigeous occasions.
Description of the Presentation:
Over the last ten years, Rocky View Schools has journeyed through a unique context of rapid community expansion while shifting to digital learning environments. Developing sustainable approaches towards becoming a healthier, more inclusive, and resilient school system have become urgent. Explore a matrix of initiatives over a continuum of supports building on key leverage points all systems have in common. Session outcome: a digital archive of diverse best and promising practice recommendations with welcome contributions from session participants.

Presenter Bio:
Having held a number of school-based roles in Newfoundland, Ontario, and Alberta, Greg currently serves as Director of Learning Supports in Rocky View Schools (RVS). He currently co-chairs the Calgary and Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery Leadership Team, a Government of Alberta multi-ministry initiative. The Learning Supports Branch in RVS is a multidisciplinary group of practitioners who seek to improve protective factors in students, staff, and families and facilitate positive change in teaching and learning for all of our stakeholders.
Description of the Presentation:
The Alberni School District (BC) has embarked on a system-wide effort to improve well-being outcomes for children and youth. Using evidence gathered through the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), provincial satisfaction surveys and school-based data, the District works closely with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, and community partners to develop annual plans that focus on improved student well-being and support the implementation of the BC Ministry of Education’s Personal/Social Competencies.

Presenter Bio:
Superintendent of Schools in School District 70 (Alberni) serving communities along the central west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Initially trained as a secondary teacher of English and Social Studies, Greg has worked in both rural and urban school districts as a teacher, school administrator and now as system leader. Greg firmly believes in an education system that intentionally educates both heart and mind, and seeks to create a district that attends as much to students’ human and social development as it does to students’ intellectual development.
Description of the Presentation:
The Ottawa Catholic Board has created a resource for teachers to engage students in learning about mental health and well-being. "REST" provides students with learning activities focused on helping them understand themselves and their personal story, relationships with others and positive relationships with the community. The REST program along with the Board focus on social emotional learning will be shared and participants will leave with access to a series of learning activities to support the well- being of all students.

Presenter Bio:
Brenda Wilson - Currently the Superintendent of Learning Technologies and the Equity lead for the OCSB and working closely with Dr. Elizabeth Paquette (also a presenter) and the Mental Health Lead for our Region of Eastern Ontario. Created a resource to help personalize the learning around safe, equitable and inclusive classrooms.

Several members of our senior administration team will be part of our presentation at the conference.
Description of the Presentation:
Promoting well-being in the workplace and in our classrooms requires a commitment to equity. Learn how the Senior Team at the Durham Catholic District School Board is working to enhance the experience of staff, students, parents and community members, in the workplace and in the schools, to reflect a deep commitment to the principles of Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario. Team members will share their inter-departmental approach to developing a renewed strategy for Equity and Inclusive Education in the Durham Catholic District School Board.

Presenter Bio:
Anne O'Brien - The Director of Education and the members of the Senior Administrative Team of the Durham Catholic District School Board will be presenting as a team to share their interdepartmental approach to ensuring equity in the school district.

The Presentation Team
Anne O'Brien, Director of Education
Rosemary Leclair, Superintendent of Education responsible for Equity and Inclusive Education
Michael Gray, Superintendent of Human Resources
Gerry O'Reilly, Superintendent of Education Family of Schools
Janine Bowyer, Superintendent of Education, Student Services and Safe Schools
Bob Camozzi, Superintendent of Facilities Services
Description of the Presentation:
A comprehensive approach to learning recognizes that in order for young people to thrive in our rapidly changing world, we need to nurture their development in a number of different but interrelated areas: physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health. There is a growing body of research linking the benefits of the outdoor environments and health. Canadian Rockies Public Schools are connecting students back to their environment and communities. We will share our journey of nurturing student wellness; supporting students to develop a sense of place and belonging, build resiliency, and develop health literacy skills.

Presenter Bio:
Violet Parsons-Pack is the Deputy Superintendent of Canadian Rockies Public Schools.

Christopher MacPhee is the Superintendent of Canadian Rockies and President of CASS.

Debbie McKibbin is the Principal of Banff Elementary School in Banff, Alberta.
Description of the Presentation:
A whimsical look at the way in which organisations support cultures where we deliberately do the opposite to what the data and common sense would support. A How-To on changing your culture by finding and accepting the data as it is and being deliberate about envisioning, and acting upon, the future we all want for our kids and communities.

Presenter Bio:
Steve McLean is a long-time Principal from the Upper Canada District School board and now consults with PCG on matters such as data literacy, strategic improvement planning, special education and populations, and educational leadership.

Description of the Presentation:
Since 1921, Ophea has been promoting healthy, active living for children and youth. Ophea has championed healthy schools initiatives in Ontario for 20 years, demonstrating the positive impact of this whole-school approach on all members of the school community. Learn about Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification, which is based on the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, and how it increases school capacity, is adaptable for each school community, and provides province-wide recognition for healthy schools.

Presenter Bio:
Sara Mison is the Advocacy and GR Leader at Ophea, bringing 15 years experience working with education and health not-for-profits. Over the past few years, Sara has led Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification to promote well-being in school communities, as well as Ophea’s advocacy efforts to ensure that kids receive the health and physical education they need to make healthy decisions and lead happy lives. Sara's experience includes facilitating cross-sectoral partnerships and developing teaching and training resources for a variety of health topics. Sara holds a Master of Arts from the University of Guelph and a Master of Teaching from OISE.

Description of the Presentation:
Health schools and health communities in some cases require school boards to make difficult decisions about closing schools. This presentation will review important legal issues to consider when school boards undertake a school closure process.

Presenter Bio:
Gillian Tuck Kutarna and Nadya Tymochenko are partners at Miller Thomson LLP and work in the education law sector serving the needs of publicly funded school boards.

Description of the Presentation:
To be most effective, staff well-being needs to be addressed at three levels: Personal, Professional and Organizational. The focus of this presentation will be on PERSONAL, specifically, building personal resiliency. Participants will be introduced to the field of Positive Psychology and will learn practical strategies to increase their happiness and personal well-being. While the focus of this session will be on staff well-being, the strategies and concepts are equally applicable, and easily transferrable to students.

Presenter Bio:
Diane Mullane has worked in the education sector for over 25 years. She is a registered Psychological Associate, and is currently the Mental Health Leader for the Durham Catholic District School Board. Prior to this position, she provided psychological services in the same board for many years. Diane lives in Whitby, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.

Alexandra Fortier is a School Mental Health ASSIST Implementation Coach< br>
Description of the Presentation:
Focus on where OECM is as an organization , where we plan to go & grow and how OECM can help educational institutions redirect limited resources back in to the classroom to suppor “Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities, Healthy Future”

OECM is a not-for-profit group procurement organization that was originally established to serve and provide Savings, Choice & Service to the 118 institutions that make up the Education (School Board, University & College) Sectors in Ontario, but has expanded to serve other BPS and non-for-profit organizations in Ontario and is currently in discussions with other Provinces about expanding to serve other Educational institutions across Canada . Currently OECM facilitates over $ 200 million of collaborative spend with a goal to reach $2.0 Billion.

Presenter Bio:
John is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. He has also earned and holds a Masters Degree in Financial Accountability (M.FAc), a Masters Degree in Educational Administration (M.Ed.), a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics (B.Math), a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation and an Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) designation.

Effective May 2016 he was appointed President and CEO of OECM (Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace).

Previously John served as the Treasurer and Associate Director of Corporate Services for the York Catholic District School Board, an organization he had been for almost 32 years. At the School Board he was part of the senior team and was directly responsible for the leadership, coordination, and effective operation of the Corporate Services Division of the Board. John served as Director on the OMERS Board for thirteen years including four years as Chair. He currently serves on the Southlake Hospital Board

Description of the Presentation:
Over the past couple of years, our data is suggesting that both staff and students are feeling high levels of stress and anxiety. A recent organizational review and various other school and system data sources have indicated that we are facing a significant challenge when it comes to mental health and wellness. We will share some of the strategies we are using to create a mentally healthy school district, successful or otherwise and facilitate discussion around building healthy communities in the face of adversity and challenge.

Presenter Bio:
Jason Kupery (Director of Learning) and Ryan Brennan (Director of Human Resources) have worked for Palliser Regional Schools for the past 10 years and are excited about designing and implementing positive change for students and staff. They were both school administrators within the district prior to joining the Central Services team. They felt strongly that steps needed to be taken to stem the tide of the potential mental health crisis that was looming for both students and staff that are under an increasing amount of pressure and stress for results.

Description of the Presentation:
Complex poverty exists in Canada. While this presentation is based upon a study of the superintendency, lessons learned apply to all educators. From a critically informed perspective, our collective work is to contribute to the creation of educational environments in which people challenge, develop, and, in the words of Foster (1986), “liberate human souls” (p. 18). This presentation will share findings concerned with (a) the beliefs of the participants about complex poverty and how they came to those understandings, (b) their descriptions of the socio-political and organizational environments that informed their work, and within those environments, (c) what actions had they undertaken to attempt to address issues of racialized poverty.

Presenter Bio:
Duane has taught at the early, middle, and high school levels in Manitoba and B.C. before served as a school principal, a District Principal, an Assistant Superintendent with the Seven Oaks School Division; and a Superintendent with the Sunrise School, and currently with the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg Canada. Duane has worked across Canada, the USA, and Mexico in the areas of organizational improvement and leadership. He serves on the Board of the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) in NYC, Special Olympics Manitoba, and is on the executive of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents (MASS). Duane received his PhD from the University of Manitoba in February 2017.

Description of the Presentation:
The PowerSchool suite of solutions has grown exponentially this past year. We listened to our clients and responded to the need to bring solutions together to improve student learning. Beyond having an end-to-end integrated suite of solutions, it is essential to provide our educators with a cohesive and unified experience. The Unified Classroom, brought to you by PowerSchool, reflects the latest in K-12 education platforms to provide the opportunity to improve modern learning. Teachers today deserve the Unified Classroom – they have asked for it – we have delivered it!

Presenter Bio:
Andrew Foster is the Canadian Solution Engineer for PowerSchool. With over 10 years of classroom, international teaching, and report card administration experience, he brings an understanding of both the educational system as well the technology used to improve and inspire learning. Andrew has both his Specialization in Science and Technology as well is a qualified Special Education teacher. At PowerSchool he continues to passionately deliver our suite of products into Canadian School Districts and Divisions.

Description of the Presentation:
Trauma occurs when individuals endure intense and shocking events that produce prolonged emotional impact. In the era of Truth and Reconciliation, and the welcoming of Newcomers to Canada it behooves all of us in education to understand and apply basic concepts from “trauma-informed schools” to foster the resiliency of students, staff and families in our school communities who have encountered one or more of the numerous forms of trauma. This session will explore the process for becoming a trauma-informed school system.

Presenter Bio:
Stephen Charbonneau is a Superintendent with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. He leads the Mental Health, Equity and Inclusive Education and FNMI initiatives in the Board as well as acting as the Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA) lead for the board.

Dr. Pat Carney is the Senior Psychologist for the Board as well as the Mental Health Lead. His recent book - Well Aware - Developing Resilient, Active and Flourishing Students has proved extremely popular nationwide. He is very active as a presenter on an international scale on many Mental Health topics.

Description of the Presentation:
clevr is an integrated web based forms management solution being implemented in over 75 Canadian School Districts. To date, clevr Districts are utilizing a wide variety of both standardized and highly configured forms and reports including: VTRA documentation, Suicide Risk Assessments, Case Management, EA Allocation Requests, Clinician Services Referrals and many more.

This past year, all Calgary Board of Education Principals and Area Directors utilized the clevr platform to build, publish and manage the workflow for their School Development Plans.

In this session, we will provide an overview of how clevr is being utilized to support intervention tracking at the individual student level and how the CBE team has been utilizing the platform to capture school level goals and strategies within their school planning processes.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Ronna Mosher, Director at Calgary Board of Education, has more than 25 years of experience as an educator and researcher in K-12 and post-secondary environments. She brings a research and data-informed perspective to strategic decision-making and organizational learning. Her strong commitment to impacting learning is grounded in her previous work as a teacher and principal, her ongoing work as a senior leader in the Calgary Board of Education, and her academic work.

Darryl Denyes, Team Leader & CEO clevr, has over 25 years of educational and business leadership experiences within K-12 education in Canada. He brings an educator background as a former teacher, principal and CIO within an Eastern Ontario School District to his leadership role with clevr.

Description of the Presentation:
Description Pending.

Presenter Bio:
Bill Reynolds is the VP of Sales for CrisisGo and is responsible for generating the “go to market sales strategy" for CrisisGo for the K-12 education market and other verticals across the country. Bill is a successful sales executive with over 20 years of proven sales and leadership in K-12 education and insurance industries.

Prior to CrisisGo, Bill was with Schoolwires/Blackboard as a Senior Territory Sales Executive. Along with Jim Spicuzza and Songwei Ma, Bill helped create the vision for CrisisGo and has joined the leadership team to continue growth of the platform to be the leading crisis communications technology.

Description of the Presentation:
The #ConvoPlate initiative has captured the interest of many Canadians and others from around the world and has taken on a life of its own since the program started in 2016. Now, more than 100 plates have traveled within Canada and around the world, reaching the hands of influential Mental Health advocates including Margaret Trudeau, Michael Landsberg, Prince William and Princess Kate as well as many others. #ConvoPlates have also received attention from federal, provincial and municipal governments with several mayors, MPPs, MPs and government agencies taking the time to keep the conversation going. Brian will discuss the genesis of both the Foundation and #ConvoPlate as well as the role that schools have played in the ongoing success of the initiative.

Presenter Bio:
Brian works to promote mental health in both youth and adults.

The Paul Hansell Foundation was founded after the tragic loss of Paul to suicide in December 2010. Through education and awareness, the foundation aims to break down barriers and establish a proactive dialogue that puts mental health on equal footing with all other forms of health.

As founder of the Paul Hansell Foundation, Brian supports programs aimed at the mental health of youth and has been recognized by several organizations for his contributions through the #ConvoPlate initiative. Most recently, he was recognized as a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

Through partnerships with Paul's High School and Post Secondary institution, the foundation has provided support to programs to help students at this pivotal time in their development.

The Description of the Presentation:
As we strive to create more equitable and inclusive learning environments that actively work to “support and welcome diversity amongst all learners.” (UNESCO, 2008, p. 5) we need to consider not only our curriculum, instructional methods and materials, but our assessment practices and how they impact student wellbeing.
Our current assessment practices focus mainly on grades and percentages. Students are sorted, ranked and labeled. Those who do well, are viewed as successful, and generally head off to college or university. Those who do not, feel like failures, and often drop out. Both feel the pressure.
The co-founder of FreshGrade falls in the latter category. He struggled in school, absorb the message that he was a failure, and dropped out in grade 10. Needless to say he found success outside school. FreshGrade was born when he saw his son Noah struggling with the same issues, and feeling the same way about himself.
Join us to explore how FreshGrade, a formative assessment and portfolio platform, supports the creation of equitable and inclusive assessment practices through:

    - Shared ownership of learning between the teacher and student (and parents*)
    - Authentic evidence of learning that recognizes learner variability and shows growth over time
    - A focus on formative assessment, based in conversation, that provides timely feedback and actionable next steps for the learner
    - The inclusion of metacognitive strategies: to help learners become self-directed, self-regulatory and self-reflective
    - The provision of student voice and choice: giving the learner options in how they access information and how they demonstrate what they know, understand and can do
*Parents = parents, guardians, family and friends invited into a student’s FreshGrade portfolio

Presenter Bio:
Kendra Grant, MET, OCT, CTDP, proudly works for FreshGrade, a formative assessment and portfolio platform that supports shared ownership of learning, and assessment practices that focus on growth over time and student metacognition. Prior to this role Kendra was co-founder and Chief Education Officer of a professional learning company delivering large-scale technology implementation across North America. She worked in Peel DSB for 25 years as a teacher, district Special Education and AT specialist and VP. Kendra recently completed her masters of educational technology at the University of British Columbia (2016) with a focus on professional learning, eLearning (K-20), and the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to both. She is the past-president of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is the co-designer of a SOOC (small-short-supported-social, open online course) that integrates UDL principles to support teacher professional growth, and has presented internationally on her research. She is currently co-writing a practical UDL book for ISTE, incorporating ZPD as it applies to teacher professional learning.