Connect with us
[bsa_pro_ad_space id=12]

Education

Red Deer Public Schools name new Superintendent

Published

Superintendent Red Deer Public Schools

From Red Deer Public Schools

Board names its next Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Erickson as Superintendent of Schools effective August 5, 2020. Mr. Erickson will take over from Stu Henry who is retiring after a 33 years career in education and having served the division as Superintendent for the last five years. Prior to that, Mr. Henry served Red Deer Public as Deputy Superintendent and as principal at Eastview Middle School.

Currently Associate Superintendent – Student Services, Mr.
Erickson has been a teacher and administrator for 23 years.
Erickson joined Red Deer Public Schools in 2005 as Vice
Principal at Oriole Park School and then became Principal of
the Alternative School Centre in 2009 prior to joining the
Division’s Senior Admin team five years ago. Mr. Erickson received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland.

“Mr. Erickson is an exceptional and respected leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Superintendent”, said Board Chair, Nicole Buchanan. “The Board conducted an extensive search and considered options in selecting the next Superintendent. The Board felt that Mr. Erickson will provide strong valued leadership to Red Deer Public Schools while bringing continuity and stability to the district.”

“When embarking on the Superintendent search, the Board of Trustees, through consultations with our stakeholders, identified the key attributes it was seeking in its next leader,” said Chair Buchanan. “We have confidence our new superintendent will:

  •   build strong collaborative relationships and partnerships throughout the district, in our community, and with government
  •   provide strong, trustworthy, and visionary leadership in potentially challenging years ahead
  •   ensure a continued focus on student and staff wellness / resilience
  •   ensure our district focus on equity and inclusion continues to thrive
  •   ensure quality educational practice throughout the district to support our pillars of

    numeracy & literacy, equity, and student success and completion

“It’s an honour to serve in this role and I appreciate the confidence the Board has demonstrated in me,” said Erickson. “I welcome the opportunity to continue the great work our division has undertaken to best meet the needs of our students. We have an outstanding and committed staff with tremendous support from parents and the community to provide great learning opportunities for students”, said Erickson. “The opportunity to work with teachers, support staff and community partners to best meet the needs of all learners is exciting. Red Deer Public’s reputation to respond to the unique needs of students is outstanding. We have great opportunities to ensure students succeed and reach their full potential.

“Chad is an outstanding leader who is committed to meeting the needs of each student. He is a known champion for excellence in instruction, inclusion as well as mental health and wellness that ensures student needs are met and they achieve their full potential,” said current Superintendent Stu Henry.

“Stu Henry has provided incredible leadership to Red Deer Public Schools and is highly respected as Superintendent across the district and beyond. He has positioned the District well, as a strong and passionate champion for public education and our priorities on Literacy and Numeracy, Equity, Student success and Completion”, said Chair Buchanan.

Henry and his wife Trudy, who recently retired as a principal in Chinook’s Edge School Division, plan to stay in Red Deer and be active in the community.

Alberta

Province defends post-secondary funding changes. Says United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong using performance-based funding

Published

on

Minister Nicolaides meets with student leaders prior to announcing a new post-secondary funding announcement.

From The Province of Alberta

Transforming post-secondary funding

A new outcomes-based post-secondary funding approach will increase transparency and accountability and help build a modern and diverse workforce for the future.

Under the new funding model, a portion of government funding to colleges, universities and polytechnics will be based on achieving key performance measures. Performance measures will encourage institutions to improve services, increase efficiencies and create opportunities for Albertans through strong labour market outcomes and innovative programs and research.

“This is a new and completely transformative funding model for our universities, colleges and polytechnics. Our new approach will help ensure students are set up for success by encouraging institutions to produce job-ready graduates. Students make a significant investment in their post-secondary education, and it is essential we do everything possible to give them a rewarding career at the end of their studies. By shifting the focus to performance, we will ensure taxpayer dollars are being used in the most responsible way possible.”

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education

“The University of Calgary has the ability to create the ‘arc to the future’ for Calgary and help re-imagine Alberta. The outcomes-based funding model is not only a tremendous opportunity to transform our post-secondary system, but to graduate a workforce that is capable of adaptation, with the skills and abilities to innovate and to support economic growth and diversification.”

Geeta Sankappanavar, chair, Board of Governors, University of Calgary

“We look forward to working with government to implement the new outcomes-based approach to funding. This approach should improve predictability in government funding levels and enhance accountability for results delivery, both of which will benefit our students.”

Dave Collyer, chair, Board of Governors, Bow Valley College

“Alberta’s post-secondary presidents welcome the opportunity to work with the Government of Alberta, our learners and other stakeholders in building a performance-based model that will enable us to achieve an overall vision for Alberta’s post-secondary system, that builds on the strengths and core mission of each institution, and that maximizes the quality of our learning and research environments so that learners and communities can reach their highest potential.”

Neil Fassina, president of the Council of Post-secondary Presidents of Alberta and president of Athabasca University

“Alberta’s students deserve an institutional funding model that is both modern and evidence-based. ASEC supports the changes made by the Government of Alberta towards a model that fits our values of transparency, accountability, affordability and predictability. We look forward to working with the government in the further development of the Campus Alberta Grant allocation.”

Emmanauel Barker, director, Government Relations and Advocacy, Alberta Students’ Executive Council

In addition to tying public investment to results, government is also transforming its relationship with post-secondary institutions by negotiating three-year funding agreements. Investment management agreements will include specific performance targets for each institution. They will also specify the government funding each institution will receive if they meet their performance targets. Three-year terms will help institutions plan for the future and build on their record of excellence.

The amount of funding tied to performance outcomes will begin at 15 per cent of operational funding for 2020-21 and gradually increase to a maximum of 40 per cent by 2022-23. A small number of performance measures will be introduced for the 2020-21 academic year, and more measures will be gradually introduced over the next three years to a total of about 15.

 Quick facts

  • Government provides operational funding to 26 universities, colleges and polytechnics every year, but historically, this funding has not been tied to any targets or outcomes. While government provides many different kinds of grants to post-secondary institutions, only operational funding through the Campus Alberta Grant will be tied to performance.
  • The MacKinnon Report identified that the current post-secondary funding structure does not link funding to the achievement of specific goals or priorities for the province, such as ensuring the required skills for the current and future labour market.
  • Outcomes-based funding is a global trend in higher education. About 35 U.S. states use a form of performance-based funding. Over the past 10 years, additional jurisdictions have implemented various methods of performance-based funding, such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
  • While performance measures will be finalized after discussions with post-secondary institutions, students and faculty, some examples may include:
    • graduate employment rate
    • median graduate income
    • graduate skills and competencies
    • work-integrated learning opportunities
    • administrative expense ratio
    • sponsored research revenue
    • enrolment (including potential targets for domestic students, international students and under-represented learners)
  • Performance measures will also be weighted differently depending on the institution. For example, different performance measures will be more important to different kinds of institutions.
  • Institutions that meet all of their targets will receive 100 per cent of their allocated funding.
  • If an institution does not meet its targets, the institution will receive funding that is proportionate to its level of achievement. For example, if an institution achieves 90 per cent of its target, it will receive 90 per cent of its funding for that target.

 

Continue Reading

Community

High School Grad classes to raise funds for Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Red Deer Hospice

Published

on

From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grad Service Project.  This year Kerry Wood Nature Centre was chosen as the recipient of monies raised.

One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go to support nature play programming, Nature for New Canadians programs and to expand the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove Nature PlaySpace. The students’ goal is to raise $40,000 for Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

“Students were excited to choose a charity that can impact everyone in our community. They love the idea of families getting outside to play, learn and spend time together while reconnecting with nature,” saidPrincipal, Rose McQuay at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.      

Grad Service Project week will take place on March 9 – 14. Each day, teams of a teacher and six students will work together to compete in challenges and earn points. The final days of the will be the biggest competition, where student teams along with a team parent will compete in a 23-hour extreme scavenger hunt throughout Red Deer. The challenge is to collect all 2020 items on the list. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that earn the most points and for those that raise the most money.

For more information about the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School grad service project, please visit notredamehigh.ca

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School serves about 1130 Grade 10 to 12 students in Lancaster subdivision in southeast Red Deer. As a learning institution, the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

 

Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School have chosen to support the Hospice Society of Red Deer through their Grad Service project. The Grad Committee chose the Hospice Society to raise awareness and support the families going through this difficult stage of life.

 

“We are so excited to be raising funds and awareness for the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year! Our students chose the aging community as an area they would like to focus on as it aligned with their issues-of-interest they identified and with our faith journey as a school. Helping those during this difficult time in their lives is something our grad committee is very passionate about and I look forward to seeing what this year brings as we kick-off our third grad service project,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Ashley Visscher at St. Joseph High School.

Through the Grad Service Project, students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Hospice Society of Red Deer and spend time with residents. This includes sharing their own gifts and talents with patients, as well as assisting with the annual Hospice Society Gala in March 2020.

“We are very excited to assist the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year because their work reflects the values we believe are important in choosing a charity, such as community, assisting senior citizens, as well as helping those who are struggling with health problems,” said Emily Cassels, Marian Canas and Bryanne Wandler, students at St. Joseph High School.

“We at the Red Deer Hospice are so thankful to the grad committee at St. Joseph High School. The fact that young students would select hospice among a number of worthy charities in our community, makes a profound statement about our youth today. To support the Expansion of our Home and our end of life palliative care for our residents, says that students care and respect the care we provide our increasingly aging senior population,” said Chairman James McPherson, Board of Directors of the Red Deer Hospice.

St. Joseph High School serves over 725 Grade 10 to 12 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, the St. Joseph High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

 

Continue Reading

january, 2020

mon06jan(jan 6)8:00 amfri31(jan 31)12:00 amJanuary is Alzheimer's Awareness Month8:00 am - 12:00 am (31) Event Organized By: K. Jobs

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

thu23jan(jan 23)6:00 pmsat25(jan 25)11:00 pmRed Deer Justice Film Festival6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (25) welikoklad event centre, 4922 49 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 1V3

fri24jan1:30 pm3:00 pmMonthly Mindfulness Drop-InMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

mon27jan11:15 am1:15 pmLuncheon With Arlene Dickinson11:15 am - 1:15 pm Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 3310 50 Avenue

Trending

X