Our Team

Administration

John Waterhouse

Executive Director

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John Waterhouse

Executive Director

john.waterhouse@erlc.ca

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John Waterhouse is passionate about continuous professional learning and building the capacity of all those who serve the educational needs of students. John’s professional career includes having a being a teacher and department head for 5 years, vice principal and principal for 21 years, Deputy Superintendent responsible for Human Resources and Professional Learning for 8 years and is currently in his 3rd year as Executive Director of the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium.

John also served in many professional leadership roles including Vice President of the ATA and President of CASS. John has served on various provincial education committees including the Advisory Committee and Working Group for the development of the Teaching Quality Standard, The Leadership Quality Standard and the System Leadership Quality Standard. John has a breadth of depth and experience and expertise with a focus on supporting professional learning at all levels.

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • School and System Improvement
  • Professional Practice Standards

Session Offerings

  • Ministerial Order on Student Learning
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Professional Practice Standards
  • Pedagogy as Informed Practice
  • Teacher Clarity in Professional Practice
    Alberta Curriculum
  • Alberta Assurance Model

Nisha Patel

Executive Assistant

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Nisha Patel

Executive Assistant

nisha.patel@erlc.ca

Nisha joined the ERLC team as their Executive Assistant in 2019. Prior to this time, she spent 11 years with Sturgeon School Division. She holds a diploma as an Educational Assistant, and in 2008 began on a path working with students who had cognitive and developmental delays.

She later morphed into the roles of Office Clerk and then Administrative Assistant at Gibbons school. Her last 3 years with Sturgeon Schools was in the capacity as the Executive Assistant, Associate Superintendent, Business & Corporate Services. Nisha feels that her time with Sturgeon Schools provided her many opportunities of learning where she gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that she is thrilled to utilize at Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium!

Margaret Savage

Finance Coordinator

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Margaret Savage

Finance Coordinator

margaret.savage@erlc.ca

Margaret has over 20 years of experience in business management, human resources, marketing and analysis. In June 2008, Margaret joined the ERLC team in the role of Financial Coordinator.

Always up for a challenge, Margaret enjoys the ever changing demands of the ERLC office and the need to support educators in the province. A task orientated worker, Margaret enjoys providing sound customer service to both participants and employees of the ERLC.

Mariah Macavinta

Program Coordinator

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Mariah Macavinta

Program Coordinator

mariah.macavinta@erlc.ca

Mariah has been the Program Coordinator with ERLC since February 2019. Prior to joining the ERLC team, Mariah was a student at the University of Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology.

After being a student for so many years, she is now able to understand and see the perspectives of many teachers, support staff, and the school system and is amazed at their roles and responsibilities that helped to facilitate her education growing up.

Learning Facilitators

Our learning facilitators support the region according to Alberta Education priority areas and identified regional needs based on jurisdictional three-year educational plans. To request district day support from ERLC or engage with our learning facilitators, please visit Request a Session or District Day.

Adelee Penner

Learning Facilitator

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Adelee Penner

Learning Facilitator

adelee.penner@erlc.ca

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Adelee Penner comes to ERLC having most recently served as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Adelee started her career in Manitoba and moved to Alberta in 2005. Her career has evolved over the years through working in several school jurisdictions, in both the private and public system, and from working for Alberta Education supporting school systems in Field Services. Adelee is a passionate lifelong learner. Using the provocation from Seth Godin, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”, Adelee works with others to create a culture for learning that is comfortable taking risk, trying new things and considers alternate perspectives.

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Leadership – School Administration and Learning Coaches
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Implementation
  • Assessment strategies for both online and face-to-face learning
  • Coaching to support Design Thinking strategies to create new learning experiences or reporting school success
  • Assurance Model for School Systems and Schools
  • Stakeholder engagement, both the planning and facilitation of events
  • Inclusive Education – Design planning and successful practice
  • System and School wide Wellness Implementation
  • Mental Health Literacy
    Considering differentiation in constructing learning opportunities
  • Leveraging technology and data to support all learners
  • UBD/UDL
  • CTS/CTF

Session Offerings

  • Assurance Model – What is my place in this new framework?
  • Using Data to Inform Practice in our Classrooms and Schools
  • Using Design Thinking in the Classroom
  • Assessment Strategies for Online Learning
  • Assessment Strategies for Face-to-Face Learning
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Ministerial Order on Student Learning
  • Why Certain Learning Experiences have Extraordinary Impact?
  • Making Thinking Visible

Irene Heffel

Learning Facilitator

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Irene Heffel

Learning Facilitator

irene.heffel@erlc.ca

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Irene Heffel is a literacy consultant and educator with over 35 years of experience at all levels. She has worked with both elementary and secondary teachers to implement best practices in curriculum, assessment and Backward Design.

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum Planning
  • Assessment
  • Rubric Development
  • Backward Design
  • Teacher Planning
  • Reading Instruction
  • Writing Instruction
  • Group Facilitation
  • Reading Instruction Across Curriculum
  • Literacy Leadership

Session Offerings

  • Rigour and Routine
  • Essential Learning Outcomes
  • Essential Learning Outcomes and Next Steps
  • Backward Design
  • Literacy Principles
  • Assessment in Reading and Writing
  • Performance Assessment Development

Janet Bell

Learning Facilitator

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Janet Bell

Learning Facilitator

janet.bell@erlc.ca

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An English teacher originally, Janet’s career evolved over the years from classroom teacher to consultant, co-leading edtech integration across the province as a member of the 2Learn.ca and ARPDC provincial teams, to school and district leadership as a Department Head at Lillian Osborne High School and a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Supports) Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. A Google Certified Trainer and SMART Certified Trainer, these days Janet brings both vision and practical strategies to help support your integration of G Suite and SMART Learning Suite, reputable third-party applications, makerspaces, digital citizenship and more, within today’s emergent and shifting learning spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys the four generations of her family.

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology Integration Planning and Professional Development
  • G Suite (Google Apps) Integration
  • SMART Learning Suite Integration
  • Makerspaces
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Emergent Technology Integration Practices

Session Offerings

  • Any Place, Any Time Learning with SMART Learning Suite Online
  • Technology and the TQS – Leading Change from Within’
  • Appy iPads in Schools and at Home
  • Digital Citizenship in a Post-COVID Age
  • Robots in my K-6 Classroom?Absolutely!
  • Learning from Home? Let’s Help Parents Help Us Help Kids!
  • Make Assessment more FUN and Functional than ever with Free or Low-Cost Online Tools!
  • GSuite Series (no prerequisite)
    • GSuite Strategies 1 – Processes and Resources for You and Your Students
    • GSuite Strategies 2 – Processes and Resources for You and Your Students
    • Sites to See!3-2-1 Launch!
    • Plan for a Great Year Ahead!
    • ‘Slide’ into Engaged Learning with Google Slides

Kelly Gibbs

Learning Facilitator

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Kelly Gibbs

Learning Facilitator

kelly.gibbs@erlc.ca

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Kelly has spent her educational career supporting students with a variety of needs and supporting staff building instructional strategies. She wanted to know more about how students learn and why they had difficulty learning…so back to school she went! As a teacher and a Reading Specialist, Kelly holds a Masters degree from the University of Alberta in the area of language and literacy development and specialized assessment. She built her knowledge of UDL through her work at the University of Manitoba. Her work as a Consultant supported teachers in building inclusive practice in all divisions. She has in-depth experience doing professional development, with a focus on instructional strategies and implementation of such strategies. She has taught pre-service teachers at the University of Alberta for the past year.

Kelly’s joy has been found in supporting staff in the use of research-based strategies that make teaching and learning intentional and meaningful.

Areas of Expertise

  • Language and Literacy
  • Specialized Assessment
  • Reading Specialist
  • Structured Literacy
  • Programming Support, Implementation and Coaching
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Inclusive Classrooms; Building Community
  • Support for Students at Tiers 1, 2, and 3
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Session Offerings

  • The Respecting Diversity Program
  • Learning Disabilities – What it is, Who it is, What happens?
  • Learning Challenges – Let’s Plan Together
  • Specialized Assessments – What am I Looking At?
  • Flipping the Classroom
  • Guided Reading for Educational Assistants
  • Structured Literacy – Rethinking Your Approach of Literacy for All
  • Building and Instructional Strategy Handbook
  • Equipped for Reading Success
  • Executive Functions in the Classroom
  • English Language Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Universal Design for Learning – A Pedagogical Understanding
  • Direct, Explicit Programming and Instruction – It’s A Thing
  • Plasticine Writing
    How to Group for Learning
  • Sound Walls
  • Let’s Build a Cohort
  • How to Create Interventions in Your Classroom

Marylou Gammans

Learning Facilitator

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Marylou Gammans

Learning Facilitator

marylou.gammans@erlc.ca

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Initially working as an artist in residence for various schools and industries, Marylou later brought her passion for building relationships to the classroom, becoming a teacher, and later a consultant. She facilitates professional learning and works with many school districts in French and English. Areas of focus are Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI), Intensive French (ANL) and her own Embodied Cognition Programme using drama strategies to explore ways to create lasting meaning through authentic links with the curriculum and daily
life.

Marylou has always used a combination of innovative strategies to help people build significant relationships in our interconnected world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI)
  • Intensive French – A Neurolinguistic Approach (ANL)
  • Embodied Cognition – Movement and Theatre for Deeper Understanding
  • French Literacy – Language Development Skills and Assessment
  • Social & Emotional Learning

Session Offerings

  • Parler françaisla découverte langagière continue même à lamaison!
  • Help!My child is in French Immersion and I don’t speak thelanguage!
  • Le théâtre pour promouvoir la communication orale et l’interactionsociale
  • L’intimidation:Un plan d’action
  • Pause cerveau:pour mieux se concentrer
  • Concept-Based Learning for Understanding: An Introduction
  • Concept-Based Learning for Understanding: A Deeper Dive
  • Concept-Based Learning for Understanding: A Focus on Various Strategies
  • Concept-Based Learning for Understanding:Implementation inVarious Contexts

Tannis Niziol

Learning Facilitator

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Tannis Niziol

Learning Facilitator

tannis.niziol@erlc.ca

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Tannis is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy apprenticeship at all levels in all subject areas.

Tannis is a voracious reader who believes all students deserve access to rich, diverse reading experiences and to a safe equitable space to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel. She is on a journey to disrupt and bring clarity to the conversations that drive our planning and assessment practice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Language Arts 7-12
  • Literacy 7-12
  • Readers/Writers Workshop
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Understanding by Design
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Assessment

Session Offerings

  • Making Meaning: Embedded Literacy across the Curriculum
  • Talking to Learn: Talk Routines that Build Understanding
  • Texts in ELA 7-12: Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Doors
  • Rethinking the Language Arts Classroom 7-9
  • Book Clubs: Choice, Collaboration, Confidence
  • Words Matter: Building Academic Vocabulary
  • Leveraging Mentor Texts in the ELA 7-12 Classroom
  • Planning with the End in Mind
  • Assessment For and As Learning: Best Practices in the Secondary Classroom
  • Reading the World:Engagement and Agency in Secondary ELA
  • The Art of Academic Conversation:Creating a talking and thinking classroom

Tim Coates

Learning Facilitator

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Tim Coates

Learning Facilitator

tim.coates@erlc.ca

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Tim began his career as a high school social studies teacher, receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993. In 1994 he was seconded to Alberta Education, serving first as a Diploma Examination Manager, and later as the Director of the Diploma Examination Programs Branch. Tim has also worked in the ministry as the Curriculum Developer for high school social studies. Tim has offered professional development presentations throughout Alberta, the United States, and most recently in Hong Kong and Macau.

Currently, Tim is a Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta, and since 2009 has taught a course in classroom assessment to students preparing for their first round of student teaching. In his spare time, Tim is completing the construction and landscaping of a home he and his spouse have built on an acreage south of Edmonton.

Areas of Expertise

  • Enhancing classroom assessments and assessment practices
  • Preparing for and understanding the results of provincial assessments
  • Aligning assessments with programs of study expectations
  • Putting into practice the principles for fair classroom assessment

Session Offerings

  • Understanding and Applying the Principles for Fair Assessment
  • Building Better Assessments: A Hands-On Workshop
  • Creating High-Quality Multiple Choice Questions
  • De-stress rather than Distress: Preparing for PAT’s and Diplomas
  • Interpreting Diploma Examination Results as a Formative Tool for Teachers
  • I am open to the possibility of customizing a session related to assessment, based on the needs of a school authority

Ulana Soletsky

Learning Facilitator

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Ulana Soletsky

Learning Facilitator

ulana.soletsky@erlc.ca

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Ulana Soletsky has been an educator for 37 years, and is passionate about all things that are math from Kindergarten to Grade 9. She spent 26 years in a classroom and for the past 11 years has held the position of AISI Coordinator, and most recently Math/Numeracy Consultant for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. During the past 13 years she has also been seconded to the ERLC as a Consultant offering Professional Development in the area of Math and Numeracy, providing sessions primarily in the area of how we can get the best results in our math classrooms.

A key component of her work at the school division level involves collaboration with school administration teams and at-elbow support to K-9 teachers. Her focus is primarily around curriculum support as well as planning for staff development and school improvement. She is a certified facilitator in the First Steps in Math and has provided PD in the Number, Number Operations, Measurement strands of First Steps in Math.

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostics and Interventions
  • First Steps in Math
  • Early and Middle Years Interviews
  • Strategies for Basic Facts and Number Operations
  • Spatial Reasoning in Mathematics
  • Numeracy across Subjects

Session Offerings

  • Addition Fact Strategies for Parents
  • Administrator “Look fors” in a Math Classroom
  • Basic Facts – Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
  • Basic Facts – Strategies for Multiplication and Division
  • Building Choice Boards in Math
  • Building Formative Assessment Tasks in Math
  • Building Number Sense
  • Building Operation and Computation Sense
  • Building Spatial Reasoning in Mathematics
  • Developing Essential Numeracy Skills in Grades K-2: What Teachers of Young Students Need to Know
  • Diagnostics using Early Years Interviews or Middle Years Interviews
  • Education Assistants as Numeracy Supports
  • First Steps in Math – Measurement or Number Sense and Operations
  • First Steps in Mathematics Introduction Fractions
  • Grade 3 Numeracy SLA’s
  • Measurement in Junior High
  • Multiplication Fact Strategies for Parents
  • Numeracy Across all Curriculum K-3, 4-6, K-6, or 7-12