Learning Opportunity

ARES: Flourishing Rural School Communities: Learning and Leading Through Appreciative Inquiry

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange Dr. Scott Morrison Dr. Sabre Cherkowski Ministers' Panel

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Mar 06, 2022 (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Mar 07, 2022 (8:30 am to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Mar 08, 2022 (8:30 am to 12:00 pm MDT)
$400.00 (CAD) (After January 31st)
(includes breakfast & lunch Monday and Tuesday)
Location: Edmonton (Fantasyland Hotel)
17700 - 87 Avenue
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Session Code: 22-LE-105-CARC
Focus: Leadership

Target Audience

Leaders, administration

About this Learning Opportunity

"Flourishing Rural School Communities” is the theme for ARES 2022. Participants will learn about the power of storytelling and appreciative inquiry to create flourishing school communities.This year's symposium is adopting a workshop approach to engage participants fully in their learning.

The Symposium launches on Sunday evening with Dr. Scott Morrison, Superintendent of Christ The Redeemer Catholic Schools.  He believes that stories are a profound way to share your beliefs. Scott’s goal is to assist educators, trustees, and MLA’s to both identify and tell the stories about what makes education in rural Alberta worth our time, attention, and resources.

“You love your family because you grew up with them and know their story. If we want Albertans to love and support education in rural Alberta, they need to hear our stories.”  

We will also continue with our tradition of having our Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, along with other Ministers, yet to be named, share with us their stories of rural Alberta. Afterwards participants will have an opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with the MLAs. 

Starting Monday morning, Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, Okanagan School of Education, will engage us over the next day and a half on the practical findings from her recently completed research on teacher and administrator wellbeing.  She will provide experiential opportunities to engage with practices and strategies for noticing, nurturing and sustaining flourishing in schools.    

What does it mean to pay attention to wellbeing at work during these unprecedented times? 
How can we craft our work in ways that empower us to notice and nurture wellbeing for ourselves and with others in our school systems? 

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to learn about and practice an appreciative inquiry process designed to focus on what works well and what contributes to feeling a sense of flourishing at work. Throughout the course of this workshop, you will have opportunities to learn about the research findings from a positive organizational approach, and think about what these mean in their own contexts.  You will try out the practices and strategies that emerged from the research, and engage in a flourishing inquiry process designed to guide participants to notice and nurture wellbeing at work.  By the end of the workshop, participants will establish some plans toward learning to flourish in their own context.  

In an effort to showcase all that is good in our Alberta schools, this workshop will also feature initiatives from 2-3 school divisions that speak to their creativity and resourcefulness. Delegates will celebrate these local projects that have pushed the boundaries of value added programming for students and their communities.

We have an exciting and thought provoking program prepared, making this an Alberta Rural Education Symposium you and your team will not want to miss!

**Breakfast and Lunch will be included Monday & Tuesday, as well as a Minister's Reception on Sunday evening (appies/food and drinks will be served around 9:00 pm)

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.


Dr. Scott Morrison--Superintendent of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski--Okanagan School of Education

Minister Adriana La Grange--Minister of Education

Minister's panel:  Ric McIver--Minister of Municipal Affairs;  Nate Horner--Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Developments