Author Archives: kurtishewson

About kurtishewson

I currently work with Jigsaw Learning, committed to supporting schools in creating collaborative structures for learning. Previously a principal, vice-principal and teacher in Alberta schools, as well as teaching at the post-secondary level.

BLAST – Early Literacy Intervention at West Meadow Elementary

This morning, I had the opportunity to present with Lynda McGrattan on the topic of BLAST, a literacy intervention program that was developed at our school (West Meadow Elementary School in Claresholm, AB).  During the course of our AISI work … Continue reading

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If You Want to Engage Me, Involve Me? Practices from Northern Gateway

Like most district AISI projects, Northern Gateway’s AISI work is multi-faceted with a number of strategies and programs working together to drive towards a focused goal.  One component of their AISI work, focused on student engagement, is strategies to engage … Continue reading

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Exploring Teacher Leadership with Jeff Kuntz

Jeff started off his exploration of teacher leadership with the following quote: “Within every school there is a sleeping giant of teacher leadership, which can be a strong catalyst for making change.  By using the energy of teacher leaders as … Continue reading

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One School’s Journey Towards a Balanced Literacy Model – Coalhurst Elementary School

For my first session at the 2013 AISI Conference, I had the pleasure of learning from Dawn and Jason, administrators at Coalhurst Elementary School, focusing on their learning related to Balanced Literacy.  Here’s an overview of my learning: Seek first … Continue reading

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Innovation in Times of Prosperity – Dr. Andy Hargreaves

In the fall, the Alberta Teachers’ Association published A Great School for All.  One theme that stood out for me, interwoven throughout the publication, was the idea that Alberta is standing on a precipice in regards to its education system … Continue reading

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