Cal has been an educator his entire professional career. He has taught at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school. He started out as a high school Social Studies teacher and then made the switch to the elementary level where he was a teacher and teacher/librarian. Midway through his career he became an administrator acting as a vice principal and then principal at four middle and elementary schools.
Leadership and its role in creating dynamic school environments has long been an area of interest. Cal’s Ph.D. studies focused on Transformational Leadership and most recently, he was the Program Director for the Alberta Teachers’ Association Project – Leader2Leader Mentorship for Administrators. This was a province-wide initiative in which beginning principals were paired with experienced principals, trained in Cognitive Coaching, to improve leadership practices.
As a former teacher and administrator, Cal continues to believe that people and organizations can be transformed when they are empowered and self-directed. He particularly enjoys working with schools and jurisdictions that focus on the establishment of positive and purposeful school cultures. He provides guidance to organizations by exploring the ways and means of developing enhanced teaching practices, shaping and adapting to change, and creating learning environments that support and foster both student and teacher success. He feels these are exciting and achievable outcomes.
Cal’s interest is in delivering seminars and training that align with his beliefs about student learning and how teachers can be more impactful. He has served as a Cooperative Learning facilitator, has previously been a trainer with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is certified to train in Teacher Expectations Student Achievement (TESA). He is currently a Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative for Adaptive Schools and is the only certified trainer in Canada for the Institute of Habits of Mind. As a training associate for The Centre for Teacher Effectiveness he also facilitates Time to Teach – Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction – Engaging All Learners. Cal is a life-long learner who is passionate about using his skills and training to partner with schools whose goals are to ensure their students are prepared for a challenge filled future.