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Assurance Framework Webinars Announced

Alberta Education’s assurance framework offers an opportunity to model CASS leadership excellence based on demonstrating to stakeholders and communities that the education system is meeting the needs of students. To support school authorities shift to the new framework, CASS’ Directors of Leadership Colleen Symyrozum-Watt and Val Olekshy have lined-up four virtual webinars to help guide this transition, while amplifying the learnings of school authorities through shared grassroots Alberta stories of practice:

  • Jan. 26, 2021 – Approaches to Strategic Planning and Reporting
  • Feb. 9, 2021 – Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
  • Feb. 23, 2021 – Evidence Informed Decision-Making: Creating a Data Culture – Know Your Data
  • March 3, 2021 - Evidence Informed Decision-Making: Local Context and Measures – Know Your School Authority

Each virtual session runs from 8:30 to 10 am and costs $40/ea. or $140 for all four webinars. Register via CASS’ professional learning site.



Connection Magazine

Fall 2020

Practice profiles are intended to frame your reflection on your practice, based on the indicators for the competencies in the respective Professional Practice Standards. The Superintendent Practice Profile is based on the competencies within the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS), while the System Education Leader Practice Profile was developed using some competencies from the SLQS and other competencies from the Leadership Quality Standard, with the intent to reflect the roles and responsibilities of system education leaders.

David Keohane, Executive Director

Resiliency Reflection 5: Resiliency Requires Acceptance

Out of Dr. Hanley-Dafoe’s five core traits of resiliency, “acceptance” is perhaps one of the most challenging to embrace, as at times it means one must merely “get over it.” This is a hard perspective to hold dear, when as leaders we are tasked with creating worthwhile change often surrounded by complex circumstances. But if resiliency is related to overcoming struggles and feeling good about what we are doing through the process, perhaps there is a case to make distinctions between what we are expected to “get over” and what we control in our daily endeavours. Hanley-Dafoe describes such choosing as being rooted in knowing the difference between a happenstance and a circumstance. Happenstances take place as matters beyond our control. Circumstances are what we control despite being confronted with an uncontrollable event. Halen-Dafoe believes that there are only three things that are controllable in our lives – how we feel, how we think, and how we behave. Accordingly, resilient leaders thrive when they can accept this reality, and navigate a pathway to success through feeling, thinking, and acting productively despite those uncontrollable events that are inevitably encountered.
To me, acceptance feels a lot like serenity and is best described in the following passage: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It is good to be reminded that resiliency is not a passive or stoic venture, but one determined by choice and making distinctions between the controllable and uncontrollable in your lives. Have a great week everyone!

Assurance Framework from Theory to Action Learning Guide

Flowing from CASS' Fall Conference, an "Assurance Framework from Theory to Action Learning Guide" has been created for school authorities to use to extend their learning and collaborate with other districts. Focusing on messages Alberta Education shared at the conference, the guide features:

  • Key shifts from accountability to assurance
  • The five domains of assurance
  • A model of continuous improvement
  • Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reporting
  • The work of four pilot school authorities 
  • Reflective Practice Questions 
  • Links to recordings and slides from all presentations

The learning guide is available on the CASS Resource Library - with a direct link provided here for your convenience. 


The CASS Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 is available online.
The focus of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is Leadership and System Excellence



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