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Alberta Assurance Model

October 8, 2020 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET
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“Have Hard Conversations the Right Way.”

In September of 2020, Alberta moved to a new K12 education funding model designed to better meet students’ needs and enhance public trust in education funding. The Assurance Model emphasizes the need for school boards to develop robust community engagement strategies to shape local priorities and initiatives.

Shawn Haggarty, Superintendent at Elk Island Catholic Schools, used Thoughtexchange to put together Assurance-specific resources and templates for his district’s education leaders to leverage in the 2020/2021 school year.

In this special virtual event, he’ll share how Thoughtexchange helped his district hear the diverse voices of all its stakeholders, make data-driven decisions, and be responsive to its students’ evolving needs.

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Shawn Haggarty

Elk Island Catholic Schools

Shawn Haggarty is married and a father to two successful adult kids. He loves to travel and experience new cultures.

Shawn has been an educator for 33 years with the last eight years serving in the roles of Chief Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources with Elk Island Catholic School in Alberta.

As a pilot Assurance Board for the province, EICS has been on a six-year journey learning about Assurance and authentic engagement that informs their school system. Shawn is a strong advocate of Assurance and willing to share with others the EICS journey.



Kai Kafrissen

Account Manager

Kai is naturally fascinated by “why” and “how” people do the things they do! This curiosity manifested in a diverse background that includes project development, client engagement and sales. Kai studied Anthropology at McGill University and has worked on projects with the Smithsonian & United Nations, assisted with education marketing campaigns and led sales for a local food agency. Motivated by creativity and connection, when Kai is not riding the Thoughtexchange rocket ship, she is most likely drawing, jumping around the globe, doing yoga or spending as much time in water as possible!

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