Wolf Creek Public Schools hosted its 15th annual Support Staff Conference at École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School. While teachers and administrators attended the Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention in Red Deer, Feb. 21 and 22, more than 250 support staff also took full advantage of the two days to learn, share, and grow both professionally and personally.
The conference attracted 200 educational assistants, librarians, administrative assistants, division office personnel, and other support staff from WCPS, as well as 50 staff from surrounding school jurisdictions.
“Over the past 15 years, we’ve had a wide-range of sessions at the Support Staff Conference. This year, we reviewed all of our past sessions, surveyed our staff and put together an incredibly strong line-up of speakers,” said WCPS assistant superintendent Gerry Varty. “Over the two days, we heard attendees remark over and over again that the conference will help them to return to their work with new skills, knowledge and energy.”
The conference consisted of 46 sessions, including two keynote addresses, five two-day sessions, and 39 half-day sessions.
An exceptional variety of topics were available for participants to choose from in the following areas:
• New ideas for aiding students in reaching their full potential;
• Strategies for working with students with behavioural and/or developmental difficulties;
• New technologies and procedures to improve classroom and office activities;
• First aid and non-violent crisis intervention training; and
• Personal growth and renewal.
“It has been said that one measure of an organization’s commitment to excellence can be determined by the ability and willingness of the members of that organization to learn,” commented Larry Jacobs, superintendent of schools. “We are proud that WCPS is an exemplary learning organization where personnel throughout the organization are committed to improvement, a commitment that was most obvious over the two days.”