Saturday, September 12, 2009

Inspiring Education- wrap up sessions

Hi,
I've registered to attend the final session for the Minister of Education's Inspiring Education- a Dialogue with Albertans. (October 18-20, 2009). I attended one of the many sessions held around the province. People came together to brainstorm and discuss their hopes and aspirations for education in Alberta. It wasn't clear to me where all this was going or how it was going to be used to change policy or governance. In fact, governance wasn't even mentioned in the session I attended, which I thought was a bit odd. It looks like these final sessions in October will provide some clarity in that regard. (see end of this blog for details).

You can register to attend this final session as well by visiting the Inspiring Education website.
www.inspiringeducation.alberta.ca If you have any questions, contact the project office at inspiring.education@gov.ab.ca.


Sunday evening's line up includes registration, opening greetings and some distinguished speakers. (5- 8:30 PM)

Monday starts at 7 am with breakfast and is packed until 4:15 PM:
Minister of Education-Welcome and Setting Context
What We Heard: Report from Spring Conversations
Discussion
Distinguished Speaker Session
Towards a Vision for Education
· Presentation
· Discussion
Distinguished Speaker Session
4:00-4:15 PM
Closure

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 is, in my humble opinion, THE BIG DAY:

Towards a Governance Framework
· Presentation
· Discussion

Towards a Policy Framework
· Presentation
· Discussion

Preparing for Change
· Presentation
· Discussion
3:30-4:00 PM
Closing: Minister of Education

School boards across the province will be very interested in the outcomes of Tuesday, October 20; by all indications we are in for some level of change ("Preparing for Change" is a good clue, I think!). I hope you will be remain aware and informed in the upcoming months. An engaged citizenry is in everyone's best interests.

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