Ron Ritchhart Sessions
Posted on: September 01, 2020

The Power of Making Thinking Visible

with Ron Ritchhart
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
In the new book, The Power of Making Thinking Visible, researchers Dr. Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church share their research into just what difference using making thinking visible practices makes for students and teachers and how teachers can plan for plan to use these practices to maximum effect.  When used powerfully, thinking routines not only provide teachers with a set of practices to engage students, but help advance a broader goal to create classrooms where students’ thinking is visible, valued, and actively promoted.  This course will explore these ideas while engaging teachers in some of the new routines presented in the book.
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Book Club: "The Power of Making Thinking Visible"

with Trisha Sotropa & Kathy Charchun
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Power of Making Thinking Visible explains how educators can effectively use thinking routines and other tools to engage and empower students as learners and transform classrooms into places of deep learning. Visible Thinking involves using thinking routines, documentation, and effective questioning and listening techniques to enhance learning and collaboration in any learning environment. Please join us for a series of 7 one-hour online book study sessions to learn practical strategies you can use in any grade level classroom. One chapter will be discussed at each session.

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Cultures of Thinking

with Ron Ritchhart
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Increasingly, we are recognizing the importance of the culture of the classroom as foundational for learning.  And yet, we often don’t give teachers many tools for or understanding of how to create group culture that can foster deep learning and build understanding.   During the workshop, we will focus on the practical and concrete ways educators can create a culture of thinking in their schools and classrooms, foster the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding of content, and develop our skills of how to look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural forces of: interactions, modeling, environment, routines, language, opportunities, time, and expectations. Throughout the workshop, participants will use a variety of thinking routines to facilitate their own learning and explore how each of these can be used to create more thoughtful classrooms.
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SAPDC Welcomes Trisha Sotropa - East Learning Facilitator
Posted on: August 07, 2019

Please welcome the newest member of the SAPDC team, Trisha Sotropa.  

I would like to introduce myself as the new Learning Facilitator for the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium.

My experience includes working as Principal of St. Louis School, chairperson of the MHCBE Literacy Committee and as a teacher for 23 years. As Literacy Committee Chairperson, I contributed to the professional development needs of teachers in Medicine Hat Catholic schools. I have developed and delivered workshops for teachers and principals. As well, I have had successful experience supporting the needs of all students by helping teachers try a variety of instructional strategies.

I earned the degree of Doctor of Education through Western University.  My thesis is a plan for schools to undergo a cultural change in order to engage all students. This plan can encourage a positive collaborative culture in a school. I also completed a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Regina. My focus in that work involved combining literacy and work for social justice. Current research into education has always interested me and guided my practice.

In recent years, I have worked with my colleagues to provide a richly creative, inclusive learning environment for students. Some areas that I may be of help to other teachers include literacy, inclusive education, and concept-based learning. Working elbow to elbow with teachers who are interested in making changes in their practice will be very invigorating and rewarding. I look forward to working with teachers in South Eastern Alberta to improve in areas of need and bring out strengths.

New SAPDC Blog
Posted on: November 15, 2018

Check out the new SAPDC Blog. First post all about the Student Leadership Conference.

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director
Posted on: April 11, 2018

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director


The Board of Directors for the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium (SAPDC) are pleased to announce that Dr. Rick Gilson has accepted the position of Executive Director for SAPDC, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Gilson is currently an Assistant Superintendent for Westwind School Division.

Rick shares, “the more I know, the more I know I need to know more. That desire to know more has fueled a passion to share more and invite others to ponder possibilities new knowledge opens for ourselves and the students we serve. I feel that's the key to the future of the SAPDC. We must work with our partners to foster a thirst to know more and share more by as many means as possible. I love the idea of that challenge.”


Rick firmly believes in "Everyone learning Everyday". He embraces technology to support that learning process. He is inspired by the local expertise in Southern Alberta and firmly believes that we need to tap into that collective knowledge in ways that help our young teachers and partners learn and share. Helping professionals help each other across the region is fundamental to the work. He believes that promising, and best or better practices are not proprietary so much as they are often surprisingly hidden and need support in being shared. Being a conduit of learning will most certainly be accomplished differently as we access new technologies and respond to limited resources of time and money.

Rick will replace John Loree, who has been an outstanding support for all of Zone 6 for the past 5 years. We are confident that Rick will be a wonderful addition to the SAPDC team and will lead us forward with high-quality Professional 


Learning Opportunities.

Lorelie Lenaour

SAPDC Board Chair