LRSD Divisional Day UPDATE

LRSD Divisional Day welcomes back teachers with learning, inspirations and connections

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, Livingstone Range School Division will welcome back more than 400 teachers and staff during the annual Professional Development Divisional Day, which will take place at Crowsnest Consolidated High School in Coleman, beginning at 9:00 am.

The event gathers teaching and administrative staff from around the Division to attend a variety of sessions in keeping with this year’s theme of “Learning from Land, Place and Story”. Sessions will include activities focused around nature, outdoor connections, environment and traditional stories.

The day will kick off with keynote speaker Dr. Dwayne Donald, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Dr. Donald has completed masters and PhD work in Indigenous métissage (cultural mixing) and is committed to research that attends to place and story as they are remembered and enacted by Plains Cree and Blackfoot peoples today.

Other speakers and session leaders will include teachers and staff from Livingstone Range and the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), specializing in fields that complement the goal of building strength, wisdom and responsibility in all students. 

Professional Development Committee Chair Lesley Margetak is proud of the opportunity provided to staff in the Division.

“The collaboration between the school division and the local ATA to host this day is quite unique, and is regarded as a model for many other areas.”

Hoop dancing and musical performances are planned for the noon hour, and there will be displays sponsored by educational vendors and local artisans.

At the end of the day, there will be a recognition of employees with 25 or more years of service with LRSD.

For each Divisional Day, LRSD employees choose a local charity to support and this year’s recipient will be the Crowsnest Pass Food Bank. There will also be a collection of hotel amenities throughout the year for the Pincher Creek Shelter.

For a listing of sessions offered throughout the day, view the schedule at

Dr. Dwayne Donald biography:

Dwayne Donald is a descendent of the Papaschase Cree and was born and raised in Edmonton. His Blackfoot named is Aipioomahkaa (Long Distance Runner). Dwayne is the son of Allen and Darlene, husband to Georgina, father to Kesho, and uncle to Taryn, Taylor, Kennedy, Kristofer, Sarah, Marshall, Breanne and Lauren.

Dwayne’s career as an educator began in the Mathare Valley slums of Nairobi, where he had the privilege to work alongside Kenyans with the Mathare Youth Sports Association. After returning to Canada, Dwayne taught Social Studies and English at Kainai High School on the Kainai Reserve in Southern Alberta. This experience changed his life. The opportunity to learn from Kainai Elders and community leaders had a tremendous influence on Dwayne’s interests and commitments as a curriculum thinker.

Dwayne completed his master’s thesis, Elder, Student, Teacher: A Kainai Curriculum Métissage, at the University of Lethbridge. He earned his PhD at the University of Alberta. His doctoral dissertation, The Pedagogy of the Fort: Curriculum, Aboriginal-Canadian Relations, and Indigenous Métissage, focuses on the fort as a mythic symbol deeply embedded within the story of the Canadian nation and nationality.
Dwayne is also committed to research that attends to place and story as these are remembered and enacted by Plains Cree and Blackfoot peoples today. He is particularly interested in promoting a particular kind of ecological imagination that would encourage Canadians to rethink, reframe, and reimagine the places they call home and, by extension, reimagine their relationships with Aboriginal peoples. This work seeks to challenge the presumed finality provided by maps of Canada through deep consideration of the significance of Indigenous notions of sovereignty, place, story, and the possibility that we might "map" territory according to different priorities and affiliations.