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George Couros Resume (November 2011)

George Couros Resume (November 2011)

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Stony Plain,ABCanada
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780-963-4010780-267-5375
George Couros
DIVISION PRINCIPAL
Innovative Teaching and Learning
Parkland School Division
gcouros@psd70.ab.ca
Vision
As we move forward in education, we must ensure that we give students the opportunity to be creative,collaborative, and critical thinkers, while also being able to pursue their passions and interests. As aleader in education, it is essential that I collaborate with all stakeholders to create an environment thatis flexible and gives all students the opportunity and support to achieve excellence.We must create anenvironment where students are proud of their community and culture, valuing the difference of others,while still creating opportunities to partake and succeed in a global environment.As a leader, I mustrole model and help to build a culture of learning, collaboration, and innovation.Believing that allstakeholders can possess these same qualities, I want to create an environment where we are allleaders.
Presentations
Learning and Leading Conversationsat Ravenswood School, Sydney, Australia.(November 2011)Teaching and Learning with Vision Conference Keynotein Gold Coast, Queensland(November 2011)Keynote and workshop facilitator for Lindsey Thurber High School Faculty, Red Deer,Alberta. (September 2011)Digital Citizenship Symposiumfor Calgary Catholic School Division. (September 2011)Learning 2.011/The Power of the Network-Cohort Leader working with leaders in the area of technology integration in Shanghai, China. (September 2011)Westminster Faculty Forum- Keynote and Workshops for Westminster faculty in Atlanta, Georgia. (August 2011)Why Schools Should Be Like a Family Restaurant- Online Keynote for theReform Symposium 2011(July 2011)Connected Principals ISTE Panel - A member of the panel discussion discussing schooladministrators moving forward in a new age of school.This presentation was based on thework of the siteConnected Principals. (June 2011)Collaborate. Create. Learn.- Keynote and Workshops for iGeneration Atlanta; TrinitySchool (Thank You Video
 
) June 2011Conquering the Myths of Social Media- Kamloops Professional Development Day (May2011)Conquering the Myths of Social Media- Keynote for the Spring Digital LearningConference, Vancouver (April 2011)The Networked Educational Leader (Alberta Administrator Cohort) - March 2011How do we get more principals connected?Presentation at Educon 2.3 (Philadelphia,January 2011)Connecting and Sharing: Building Learning Communities Using Web 2.0(January 2011)Unintended Benefits: Using Social Media to Build Relationships in Schools- St. AlbertProtestant School Division Lead Team (January 2011)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)
 
Tim MondsKelly WilkinsCheryl JohnsonMary Lynne Campbell
References
(Superior)SuperintendentParkland School Division(780)963-4010tmonds@psd70.ab.ca(Superior)Associate SuperintendentParkland School Division(780)963-4010kdwilkins@psd70.ab.ca(Peer)Assistant PrincipalParkland School Division(780)963-7366cjohnson@psd70.ab.ca(Peer)Executive Director/CEOPublic School Boards’ Association(780)465-8022execdir@public-schools.ab.ca
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Stony Plain, AB, CanadaJul 2011 - PresentStony Plain, AB, CanadaAug 2009 - Present
Work History
Parkland School Division
Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning
Work with all levels of leadership to help creative innovative learning environments withinschools.This includes, but is not limited to, working with Senior Executive, SchoolBased Leadership, Educational staff, and students.Oversee the Information Technology Department which provides services for all of Parkland School Division (approximately 10,000 students).Creator and leader of the "Learning Leader" project, currently working with 60 educatorson using cloud computing, personal learning networks, and mobile devices to bringinnovation to their classroom while also leveraging social media.Facilitating initiatives such as the 184 project, and division portfolio and blogging project.Administrator of Google Apps for Education for the division.Co-facilitator of the “Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results” leadership training for Parkland School Division, based on the work of Stephen Covey.This is an ongoing rolewith the school division.A co-facilitator for PSD in the area of assessment and member of the AlbertaAssessment Consortium.Facilitated professional learning opportunities for PSD teachers in the area of technologyintegration, with an emphasis on effective use of social media to help build professionallearning networks.
Forest Green School/Connections for Learning (K-12)
Principal
Worked to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents through a belief in, and focus on, open communication. Created theForest Green School Website,Forest Green Blog, along with editing and creating both the Forest Green and Connections for Learning Newsletters.Fostered partnerships with the School Council and helped them communicate their school involvement through the use of theschool website, along withpresentingCyberbullying 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.Communication includedmonthly newslettersand conversational media through theForest Green School Blog.
Collaborated with staff to create extended learning experiences in the area of sports (teamand intramurals) and the fine arts.It is essential that students have an opportunity tosucceed in areas outside of the core curriculum.
Authored ablog/portfolio siteto understand the benefits and implications of this type of learning for our students and staff.Through this transition,several of our staff havestarted their own personal blog sites, whileevery teacher hosts a classroom blog. Designed aProfessional Development programthat builds upon the strengths of our staff.This program has been highly successful within our school and has our staff very
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Stony Plain, AB, CanadaAug 2007 - Jun 2009
engaged in their learning. The time for guided conversation has been extremely valuableto ensure that our practice has become transformational for students.Developed in collobaration with the Forest Green School community, a school councilafter several years of not having one within the school.This has been an importantelement of creating a positive and collaborative school culture.Partnered with parents and staff to help create the 2010-2011 Education Plan.This wasa fantastic opportunity for our school to build upon the vision together.Focused on the priority that Every child is a leader”, as defined by Stephen Covey’s,The Leader in Me” book and d
eveloped ample opportunities for our students to be schoolleaders.
Administered 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.
Used our school budget to ensure a safe environment and support learning initiativeswithin our school.Worked with all schools to ensure successful placements for several students with theConnections for Learning program.Facilitated the successful transition of Parkland School Division’s Stony Creek Programfrom Muir Lake to Forest Green School. This work with the parent and staff community,along with a transition team led by an outside facilitator, ensure the program continued toprosper.Teamed with the Paul Band First Nation community to ensure students from the areahave continued success at Forest Green School.We have also ensured that we havecontinuously infused FNMI culture into our school sites through our work with Paul Bandand our FNMI Liaison.
Muir Lake Community School (K-9)
Assistant Principal
Worked with all staff at MLCS and promoted an open dialogue to continuously improveour school tobest serve students.Modeled and encouraged hard work, risk taking, and commitment to division and schoolgoals.Worked diligently with the staff and principal to implement and promote a model of shared leadershipwithin 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.Facilitated 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 included parents, staff, andstudents traveling together.Worked with all school stakeholders to help develop the MLCS Education plan for 2009-2011.Lead facilitator and AISI coordinator in the area of technology integration.This led to thedevelopment of an in-school professional development plan that was very successful inthe area of technology integration.Implemented an effective model of teacher supervision for MLCS.Trained and supported teachers as technology leads in both the early years and middleyears settings.Developed and coordinated scheduling for all teachers from K-9, ensuring that coursedelivery was aligned with the Alberta Education framework.Collaborated with all stakeholders to develop an Options program that best meets theneeds of students, while educating them on emerging trends in the future.Developed with the School Council chair a proposal to successfully secure funds for emerging technologies at Muir Lake School.
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