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Red Deer Public launches Aspiring Leaders program

More sessions scheduled for 2023
Red Deer Public Schools held its first Aspiring Leaders event for administrators, teachers and support staff in early December 2022. (Contributed)

Red Deer Public Schools staff gathered earlier this month for the division’s first Aspiring Leaders session to look at creating a learning culture.

About 70 administrators, teachers and support staff took part in roundtable discussions on topics including how to be a champion for students, expect excellence, and carrying the banner for their school and division.

“Each one of us is a part of the fabric of the learning culture of Red Deer Public and each one of us has the opportunity to lead that culture for the benefit of our students, our staff, colleagues and the greater community,” said Corrine Thorsteinson, associate superintendent of human resources, in a statement.

“When upwards of 70 staff members attend a session like this, it speaks volumes about the way our division encourages and nurtures leadership throughout our organization. I believe it is an outward reflection of a desire for connection, a commitment to learning and continuous improvement.”

Before the discussions, attendees heard from a panel that included superintendent Chad Erickson, associate superintendent of learning services Della Ruston, Hunting Hills High School principal Darwin Roscoe, Westpark Elementary School principal Katharyn Blades, and Glendale Sciences and Technology School principal Sandre Bevan.

More Aspiring Leaders sessions will be held throughout the rest of the school year.

“These sessions are a perfect opportunity for any Red Deer Public employee who wants to explore whether a formal leadership position is right for them; wants to build or enhance their leadership toolkit; wants to lead where they are at; or wants an opportunity to learn from and engage with other colleagues interested in leadership,” Thorsteinson said.

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