Three-day conference happening in St. John’s
Health Minister Susan Sullivan offered greetings on behalf of the provincial government at the awards ceremony for the Canadian Association of School Administrator’s annual conference. The three-day conference is being held at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s.
— Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
A provincial cabinet minister told a group of school administrators meeting in St. John’s this week that their work plays an essential role in education.
“We all know how important it is to have that leadership, to have that administration of school systems, and as educational leaders, it’s so vital that professional growth happens as well,” said Susan Sullivan, a retired teacher with 30 years of experience who is how the health minister in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“You get that opportunity to harness new information, new ideas, and engage in different sorts of ways.”
The sharing of new ideas and information is part of what the Canadian Association of School Administrators (CASA) annual conference is all about. The three-day event is being held at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s.
The focus of this year’s event is on technology and its importance in the education system. Sullivan, who spoke on behalf of Education Minister Clyde Jackman prior to CASA’s awards dinner, said she was pleased to see the conference had chosen to focus on that topic.
Sullivan spent time working in the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, which uses the Internet to deliver distance education to students in the K-12 system.
She said youths adapt easily to technology in the classroom and that educators need to be engaged in such a way that they can think outside the box.
“There’s all kinds of other things that really ought to be in our classrooms. I look at the use of an iPad in our classrooms and what that can do. ... We need to face it — technology is here to stay. It’s transforming who we are and we’re learning so much through it.”
Approximately 50 school administrators from around Newfoundland and Labrador are reportedly attending the conference with assistance from the province.