Educational Services
Professional Learning


Holy Spirit School Division is committed to supporting professional learning focused on improving teaching practice and instructional strategies in order to enhance student learning. Within the various faith-based professional learning communities of our schools and our school division, we continue to improve our practice in meeting the diverse learning needs of our 21st Century students.

Division Professional Development Day - October 20, 2016

Our Holy Spirit Division Professional Development Day is coming up on Thursday, October 20. Our focus for the day is: "Literacy and Numeracy." This day will be a day of learning and sharing to build upon our understanding of Literacy and Numeracy. Based on the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, Alberta Education has defined Literacy and Numeracy as follows:

Literacy: Literacy is critical in helping us make meaning of the world around us. Literacy includes reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking, but it also encompasses much more.

Numeracy: Numeracy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with quantitative and spatial information to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living.

Our Keynote speakers will be Dr. Richelle Marynowski and Dr. David Slomp from the University of Lethbridge speaking on the topic of Literacy and Numeracy. We have many excellent sessions being led by our very own Holy Spirit Staff as well as a few invited guests.

Click here to see the agenda for the day.

Click here to see the break out session descriptions.

Collaborative Peer Mentor Program 2016-2017

After a one year resting period, we are planning to run a new version of the HS4 Collaborative Peer Mentor Program for teachers. This professional learning opportunity will assist participants in developing common understanding and skills as "Collaborative Peer Mentors." With the goal of improving student learning, sessions will focus on Building Leadership in Assessment. In collaboration with the Alberta Assessment Consortium, participants will attend four full day sessions as well as plan and engage in classroom visits to observe and lead pre and post visit professional conversations. 

Sessions include: 


  • Making Intentional Assessment Choices
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Why Are We Still Talking About Assessment For Learning?
  • Assessment 911: Hot Topics in Assessment 


Professional Development Council

Various groups of leaders work together in guiding professional learning. Through collaborative efforts with the Professional Development Council of our ATA local, we are able to maintain current and relevant support for continuous professional learning.


Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium

SAPDC is one of seven Regional Consortia in Alberta established by Alberta Education to provide professional development, inservice and training opportunities to school trustees, superintendents, administrators, teachers, support staff and school councils.
The SAPDC website is a great portal to learning opportunities in our area. Sessions are offered in a variety of formats and at various times throughout the day. As well as access to face to face sessions, there are links to online professional learning opportunities such as webinars, Moodle courses, podcasts, videos and video conferencing.

Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia
As Professional Development becomes more common in digital formats, we are beginning to gain access to more connections with the other learning consortia in the province. This site has links to each of the regional consortia within Alberta outlining all of the Professional Development sessions offered throughout the school year.

Alberta Teachers Association Professional Development Opportunities
The ATA PD page includes extensive information on Specialist Councils, Conferences Conventions and planning for Professional Learning.


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