Message From the Board Chair (October 2011)

Twitter, Facebook, Blogging, all aspects of the “Social Media” have invaded our lives to the point where their sudden removal would be viewed as a catastrophic attack on freedom of speech and human rights. We are all lifelong learners and even I have embraced the winds of change and regularly Skype (richardchair), Tweet (@rgilchristpsd70), Facebook and of course rely on the ubiquitous email rgilchrist@psd70.ab.ca or richard.gilchrist@shaw.ca.

So what does this mean to our world of education? I have just finished reading Superintendent Tim Monds’ latest blog, in which he does an excellent job of outlining the initiatives through which Parkland School Division No. 70 is transitioning to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner. Transition is a word that continues to be used but how well does the general public understand this process?

To me, transformation of the education system in Alberta, and particularly Parkland School Division 70 is a process designed to provide the very best opportunities for our students as they prepare for life in a global economy. It was to my surprise and appreciation that the Progressive Conservative party chose to elect a new type of leader in Alison Redford. Not only is our new Premier elect an intelligent and well qualified individual, she brings to the leadership of Alberta a global perspective. Her commitment to education, I believe, will position our children to be world leaders well into the future.

David Cameron, British Prime Minister, recently cited (video below) Alberta as being the highest performing education jurisdiction in the English speaking world. High praises indeed, in fact the United Kingdom is looking toward the Alberta model to help transition its education system. So, we must be doing something right.

Over the coming months, I and my fellow Trustees will continue to dialogue within all community members as to how the education system is transitioning and how this will benefit our children and their children.

Richard Gilchrist
Board Chair – Parkland School Division

Email: RGilchrist@psd70.ab.ca

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