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College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Announce Speakers for Fall Conference

(EDMONTON)Sheldon Kennedy, the Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, will be the keynote speaker for the opening of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Fall Conference: Leadership for Engaging all Students. The conference, held at the Deerfoot Inn & Conference Centre (11500 35 St SE #1000, Calgary), begins at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, November 2 and concludes in the afternoon of Friday, November 4.

Sheldon’s courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under his care and the important work that he continues to do has meant he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.

Other featured speakers at the conference include:

Nov 3 (morning)

Tom Hierck, author, presenter, and educator will be the keynote speaker. Tom’s experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy

Nov 4 (morning)

Dr. Curtis Clarke, Deputy Minister of Education, will open the Friday morning sessions and will meet with Chief Superintendents later in the morning.

Following the address by Dr. Clarke there will be a 5-person panel discussion involving current and former Superintendents from Fort McMurray.  The panel represents the school jurisdictions that were part of the massive evacuation in response to the wildfires in May.  They will “debrief a crisis” and explain how they and their school communities reacted to the emergency, what followed, and what has happened since.

Nancy Mannix, Patron and Chair of the Palix Foundation will also address delegates on Friday morning. The Palix Foundation, through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, is focused on creating alignments between science, policy and practice in the areas of brain development and its connection to addiction in order to bring about effective, comprehensive and integrated services for Alberta families.

The 32 Break-out presentations on November 3 & 4 will focus on Wellness, Student Engagement and Leadership.

Approximately 280 delegates, representing system and school leaders from public, separate, francophone, charter and First Nations school authorities and Alberta Education, will be attending the Fall Conference, making it the highest attended fall conference for CASS to date.

The ‘Program at a Glance,’ providing start times for all sessions, is available on the CASS website.

A detailed conference program booklet is also available on the website.

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