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Supporting Learning from Home: ARPDC Kindergarten - Grade 1 Facebook Group and On-Line Weekly Meetings

Registration Closed
Facilitator(s): Kim Tackaberry
Wanda Dechant
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Apr 02, 2020 (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Day 2Jun 25, 2020 (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
No charge
Location: Virtual
Course code: 20-LE-345

About this learning opportunity

Weekly online meetings will be held every Thursday from 1:00pm-2:00pm MST starting April 2nd, 2020 until the end of June.


The Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium (ARPDC) are here to support Alberta's education community in implementing the new Ministry Guidelines for Student Learning During COVID-19 directing how students will learn from home while classes are cancelled.

Beginning the week of March 30th, the ARPDC will be hosting FREE Facebook Groups and weekly on-line get togethers to support teacher networking across school authorities in grade or subject similar roles. 

Teachers can join these FREE professional learning supports at any time for the rest of the school year!

By joining any or all of these on-line supports, teachers can expect to:

  • Find supportive networks of provincial colleagues to ‘think together with’ as they develop innovative and engaging learning solutions that best support every student.
  • Participate in positive conversations about supporting both synchronous & asynchronous learning using high-tech and no-tech methods.
  • Gain insights in to how other educators are supporting student diversity and student mental wellness during these trying times.
  • Participate in the provincial sharing of ideas to support learning from home focused on developing language/literacy and math/numeracy in the early years, as well as social and science in the older years as per Ministry guidelines.
  • Converse with colleagues about what evidence of learning looks like in this new learning paradigm.

A total of 5 Facebook Groups accompanied by 5 weekly on-line get togethers are available for registration. 

  • Kindergarten and Gr 1
  • Gr 2 & 3
  • Gr 4,5,6
  • Gr 7,8,9 Humanities
  • Gr 7,8,9 Math & Science

Teachers can participate in as many or few of these as they would like. Upon registering, teachers will be provided with links to both the Facebook Group and the weekly on-line get togethers.  Teachers can then choose the level of participation that is right for them.

If you're a teacher looking for a community to lean on, to co-create with, and to support you in rising to the challenge of teaching in our new Alberta context, this is just the thing for you!

Sign up today - Let’s do this together, Alberta!


About the facilitator(s)

Kim Tackaberry is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Her areas of focus include literacy and inclusive education. Kim’s 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. Kim has designed several e-learning courses for teachers, titles include Learning Disabilities and Introduction to Literacy and Numeracy Progressions. She is passionate about coaching educators, particularly when they are focused on supporting struggling readers. Apart from the 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, E.A.’s, school admin, learning coaches and parents in the area of K-12 Math. Wanda began teaching math and science in 2000, her teaching experience extends from grades 7 – 12.  For the past 6 years Wanda’s work has included a focus on K-6 Mathematics.  Three critical aspects of learning that Wanda embeds into her sessions include:

  • Increasing student (and teacher) self-confidence in math
  • Students engaging in visible learning with their peers
  • Students as mathematicians

Wanda is part of the development team for the Elementary Math Professional Learning project.