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George Couros VisualCV Resume

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Stony Plain,ABCanada
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780-963-7366780-974-3326
George Couros
Principal
Parkland School Division
gcouros@psd70.ab.ca
My Website:http://georgecouros.caSaskatoon, SK, CanadaSep 2004 - Apr 2006Saskatoon, SK, CanadaSep 1999 - Apr 2001Saskatoon, SK, CanadaSep 1993 - Apr 1999Stony Plain, AB, CanadaAug 2006 - Present
On Vision
Quote from a parent advocate:
“...our school principal, George Couros has such an amazing vision for our school, I am positive that my children will get far more out of their education than I did. They will be engaged in their education,and they will be free to express themselves... they will be creative and know how to collaborate and work as a team. They are being taught to be critical thinkers that make great decisions. Isn’t that what we want for our children, who will one day be leaders in their communities? Lets ensure that they haveany tool necessary to help them succeed in life.” 
Education
University of Phoenix
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Saskatchewan
Bachelor of Science, History/English
University of Saskatchewan
Bachelor of Education, Elementary Education
Work History
Parkland School Division
Division Leader 
Co-facilitator of the “Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results” leadership training for Parkland School Division.This is based on the work of Stephen Covey.This is anongoing role with the school division.Currently leading session with school based administrators on the effective use of SocialMedia to improve student learning.Work as a lead facilitator for PSD in the area of assessment and was a memberof theAlberta Assessment Consortium.Have offered and worked with teachers in PSD in the area of technology integration, withan emphasis on effective use of SmartBoard and Senteo technology.
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Stony Plain, AB, CanadaAug 2009 - PresentStony Plain, AB, CanadaAug 2007 - Jun 2009
Forest Green School/Connections for Learning
Principal
Work to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parent.Opencommunication is something that I truly believe in and I have created theForest GreenSchool Website,Forest Green Blog, along with editing and creating both the Forest Green and Connections for Learning Newsletters.Built strong relationships with the School Council and have helped them to communicatetheir school involvement through the use of theschool website, along with doing a formalpresentation onCyberbullying and Web 2.0 Technologies, as a way of informing them of emerging trends in education.Shared information with parents and staff regarding school initiatives that are based oncurrent and future school community needs through open communication.This hasincluded communication throughmonthly newsletters, as well as using a conversationalmedia through theForest Green School Blog.Work with all students to ensure that they have ample opportunities to be leaders inschool.Have worked with staff to create opportunities in the area of sports (team andintramurals), as well as opportunities for fine arts.It is essential that students have anopportunity to succeed in areas outside of the core curriculum.Through the creation of our school Professional Development program, staff useProfessional Learning Communities to not only present their ideas, but to haveconversations on their learning with one another.This time for conversation has beenextremely valuable to ensure that our practice has become transformational for students.Created my ownblog/portfolio siteto understand the benefits and implications of thistype of learning for our students and staff.Through this transition,several of our staff have started their own personal blog sites, whileevery teacher hosts a classroom blog. Created aProfessional Development programthat builds upon the strengths of our staff.This program has been highly successful within our school and has our staff veryengaged in their learning.Developed a school council with the Forest Green parents after several years of nothaving one within the school.This has been an important element of the Forest GreenSchool culture.Worked with parents and staff to help create the 2010-2011 Education Plan.This was afantastic opportunity for our school to build upon the vision together.Have focused on the priority that “Every child is a leader”, as defined by StephenCovey’s, “The Leader in Me” book.Administer division programs such as the Early Years Alternative Program (EYALT) aswell as Balanced Literacy.These are programs that are used by all of Parkland SchoolDivision, yet are run from Forest Green School.Effectively used our school budget to ensure a safe environment, while also being able toeffectively support learning initiatives within our school.Work with all schools to ensure successful placements for several students with theConnections for Learning program.Have facilitated the successful transition of Parkland School Division’s Stony CreekProgram from Muir Lake to Forest Green School.I worked with the parent and staff community, along with a transition team led by an outside facilitator to ensure theprogram continued to prosper.Have worked a great deal with the Paul Band First Nation community to ensure studentsfrom the area have continued success at Forest Green School.We have also ensuredthat we have continuously infused FNMI culture into our school sites through our workwith Paul Band and our FNMI Liaison.
Muir Lake Community School
Assistant Principal
Work with all staff at MLCS and promote an open dialogue to continuously improve our school tobest serve students.
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Spruce Grove, AB, CanadaAug 2006 - Jun 2007
Model and encourage hard work, risk taking, and commitment to division and schoolgoals.Have worked diligently with the staff and principal to implement a model of sharedleadershipwithin the school.Lead administrator for the Stony Creek Program and worked intensively to facilitate amove to anew building within Parkland School Division. Led a transition team to help build andmaintainthe best program for the students of the Stony Creek program.Facilitate the MLCS Student Council which has a main focus on building relationshipswithin theschool community through its activities.Organized a grade 7-9 fine arts trip to New York that includes parents, staff, andstudents traveling together.Worked with all school stakeholders to help develop the MLCS Education plan fo2009-2011.Lead facilitator and AISI coordinator in the area of technology integration.This has led tothe development of an in-school professional development plan that was very successfulin thearea of technology integration.Implemented an effective model of teacher supervision for MLCS.Worked with teachers within the school to develop them as technology leads in both theearly years and middle years settings.Developed and coordinated the scheduling for all teachers from k-9, ensuring that coursedelivery is aligning with the Alberta Education framework.Work with all stakeholders to develop an Options program that best meets the needs of students,while educating them on emerging trends in the future.Worked with the School Council chair to successfully secure funds for emergingtechnologies.
Greystone Centennial Middle School
Technology Integration Coordinator 
Collaborated with teachers to successfully integrate technology into core curriculumwhile developing their own learning in the area of using technology to enhance learning.Worked with students from grade levels 5-9 to successfully implement an advisementprogram that looked at various societal needs and how they intersect with fostering apositive school environment.Created a technology integration schedule to ensure all students had an opportunity tomeet ICT outcomes.Worked successfully in a team teaching environment teaching all core grade 7 subjects.Developed and delivered complementary courses based on student needs and Web 2.0technologies.Worked with the GCMS School Council to share information with all stakeholders.Developed several short in-services for staff development dealing with different aspectsof technology integration.Delivered an informational session to parents on how to teach students to connect safelywith others using the Internet.
Presentations
Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (Pre-Conference Keynote) - (November 2010)Parents as Partners- Successful planning of Education Plan working with parent leaders.(November 2010)Using Social Media for Transformative Teaching & Learning- ERLC (November 2010)
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