Division School Council is set to meet on Monday, June 6 at 6:15 p.m.
The meeting will be held in person inside the Boar Room at The Education Centre (433-15 St. S.) and via Teams through this link: DIVISION SCHOOL COUNCIL.
The agenda for the meeting can be found here: AGENDA.
Division School Council Parent Learning Sessions
Division School Council Parent Learning Session - May 2
Division School Council is set to host another Parent Learning session on Monday, May 2.
The presentation, Explore the Use of Minecraft in Education, will take place from 6–6:30 p.m., and will be available in person inside the Board room at The Education Centre (433-15 St. S.) or via Teams through this link: MINECRAFT.
Technology Director, Jesse Sadlowski, will show parents how to navigate going into the Lethbridge School Division Minecraft Build a School Challenge available on our website here: MINECRAFT CHALLENGE. He will also discuss how Minecraft Education is utilized in our schools and how it is different from the Minecraft game available to everyone outside of schools. Minecraft is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Minecraft: Education Edition differs from the regular video game version as it is aimed for use in the classroom and contains features such as classroom mode and assessment tools that enable powerful learning experiences.
Division School Council Parent Learning Session - April 4
A Parent Learning Session – Brief of Career Exploration Opportunities, has been scheduled for Monday, April 4 from 6-6:45 p.m.
All parents are welcome to join the Teams session through this link: PARENT ENGAGEMENT.
The following topics will be briefly highlighted to bring awareness to career exploration opportunities at the secondary level:
- My Blueprints (career exploration program available to students)
- Dual credit with University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College
- Off-Campus Work Experience and RAP (registered apprenticeship program)
- Post-secondary transition opportunities.
Parent engagement opportunity set for Monday, March 7
Monday, March 7 will feature another Parent Learning Engagement opportunity.
All parents are invited to join a session via Teams focusing on Wellness.
A link to the session can be found HERE.
Associate Superintendent Morag Asquith will share the Division Wellness model, talk about wellness as it relates to our children and youth physically, emotionally and socially. The concept of “universal strategies” (strategies that are good for all students) will be explored.
As well, parents will learn how to find some community resources that support child, youth and family wellness.
The regular Division School Council meeting will follow the learning session.
Parent engagement opportunity set for Monday, Jan. 10
All parents, staff and community members are invited to join a session via Teams featuring Mike Ribble, a highly regarded writer and speaker focusing on the topic of Digital Citizenship.
A Teams link to the session can be found here: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP.
Ribble describes Digital Citizenship as, “the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible and empowered technology use.”
His primary area of interest lies in how schools and parents foster positive interactions online. He is the author of numerous books that have guided best practice in schools across North America. This will be a short but highly-informative session that will provide parents with insight and ideas for navigating the digital world and social media with their children.
Even parents of very young children will gain insight into how the Digital Citizenship lens is developed early on with children’s interactions with technology.
The session will take place Monday, Jan. 10 from 6-6:45 p.m., prior to the Division School Council meeting.
For more information on the guest speaker, please visit Ribble's website by clicking on this link: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP.
Dr. Mike Ribble has worked at various levels of education beginning as a secondary science teacher, Assistant Principal and district director of technology. He has also worked at the post-secondary level and is currently teaching graduate level courses in educational technology.
Upon completion of this doctorate, Dr. Ribble was provided the opportunity to write his first book, Digital Citizenship in Schools, (currently in its third edition) for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
He has presented on the topic of Digital Citizenship throughout the world and has interacted with many educators who now use his work as a basis for their research. His latest collaboration is with Dr. Marty Park on the book, The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online.
Dr. Ribble currently serves as a district technology director for a district of over 6,000 students.
Parent engagement opportunity set for Monday, Dec. 6
A Parent engagement opportunity is being delivered prior to the next Division School Council meeting.
The special session, Helping Your Child with Literacy, will be hosted by Bev Smith, Lethbridge School Division's Literacy Lead Teacher.
All parents are invited to join a session via Teams, which will focus on supporting literacy development in the home.
From 6–6:15 p.m., Smith's topic will be Helping your Child Become Literate (geared toward Kindergarten to Grade 2).
The 6:15–6:30 p.m. topic will be Reading with Older Children at Home (designed for Grade 3 to Grade 6).
Smith will deliver these two short presentations to parents to share ideas for reading and writing with your child at home.
These strategies are grounded in research and best practice and will help support literacy development at home.
The Teams link for the session can be found here: PARENT ENGAGEMENT