Coaching with Diversity in Mind
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Coaching with Diversity in Mind
Presented by: Krystal Abrahamowicz, Donna Ross, Kim Tackaberry & Wanda Dechant
Located at: St. Leo Centre
6220 Lakeview Drive SW, Calgary, AB
About the Session


Student variability is the rule, not the exception!! With such a high number of students in need of considerations, accommodations, and additional supports, how do Learning Leaders guide educators in designing for diversity in a manageable way?

If you are a Learning Leader looking for guidance on how to coach with distinction, CRC is offering you an opportunity to collaborate, explore, and practice designing for diversity in ways that are manageable and evidence informed. This 5 part series will support learning over time through a Collaborative Community where you will learn about and create conditions in your schools/classrooms that incorporate strength based approaches to building resilient, capable, achieving students.

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Topics for Exploration in this Collaborative Community Include:

  • Mental Health - Every student, every day, can benefit from teachers who are knowledgeable about how to set the stage for learning in ways that are accessible for all learners by design. We will explore ways to support teachers in being proactive about providing students with multiple pathways to prepare for learning, engage in learning, and demonstrate understanding that are brain friendly, strength based, manageable, and supportive of student well being.

  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing -Essential coaching strategies for supporting the learning experiences of all students using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of Alberta’s Indigenous people will be shared. Strategies for learning from story, learning from land, and cultural experiences will be shared.

  • Literacy - Imagine using fishing wire to string together a mosaic of ways that literature can unite your students and instill confidence in them to celebrate their unique gifts. We will explore how this mosaic can maintain its strength through strategic coaching from a reading, writing, listening and speaking perspective.

  • Numeracy - Numeracy is more than just math, but it has a mathematical component to it. We will look at practical and manageable ways to differentiate math in grades K - 12 while we keep our eye on that larger concept of Numeracy.

This learning opportunity is being offered through curriculum implementation funding from Alberta Education.

About the Presenter(s)

Krystal Abrahamowicz is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium.  In this role, she authored the Supporting High School Completion a Tool Kit for Success resource and had a key role in developing the Implementation and Planning Tool in the Government of Alberta Resource, Working Together to Support Mental Health in Alberta Schools. Previous to this, she spent over 10 years as a Teacher, Student Services Specialist, and then Student Services Coordinator at Westmount Charter School. With extensive background and training in gifted education, and many years of experience in designing support plans for diverse learners, Krystal is a passionate believer that every student can experience success at school.

Donna Ross is currently seconded with the Calgary Regional Consortium to provide Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. With 27 years’ experience as an Indigenous educator, Donna brings passion and also a deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, the impact of residential schools, and the infusion of Indigenous ways of knowing into Alberta curriculum and organizational culture.

Kim Tackaberry is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium, areas of focus include literacy and inclusive education.  Her teaching career spans over 28 years, ten as a classroom teacher at Foothills Academy Society, a school specializing in children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. After a decade of classroom experience, Kim's role as Professional Development and Parent Education Manager shifted to supporting professional learning for educators. She has designed and created several e-learning opportunities such as Learning Disabilities e-course, Introduction to Literacy and Numeracy Progressions and What are Literacy & Numeracy?  Kim is passionate about coaching teachers, particularly when their students are struggling with learning how to read. Apart from founder, Dr Rick Freeze, she is the sole Precision Reading presenter in North America. 

Wanda Dechant is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium.  Her role includes supporting teachers, EA’s, school admin, learning coaches and parents in the area of K-12 Math. Wanda began teaching math and science in 2000 in a classroom, and then transitioned to teaching online for a number of years. Her teaching experience has been with grades 7 - 12, and her previous 6 years have been focused on elementary math.  She is excited to see all of the connections between elementary math and 7-12 math. Wanda is part of the development team for the Elementary Math Professional Learning project.

Fee: $100.00

Includes: Light Snacks