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Palliser Beyond Borders Wins International Award

Palliser Beyond Borders Earns International Award

Palliser Beyond Borders was selected as winner for these two Blackboard Catalyst Awards which recognise educators and administrators who are passionate about using technology in education and collaborating on best practices. 

Professional Development: This award recognizes those who use Blackboard programs to support and enhance their faculty and staff’s professional development.

Palliser Beyond Borders, Alberta, Canada: All staff members

As the online teaching and learning community of Palliser Regional Schools, Palliser Beyond Borders has created a powerful professional learning model that incorporates on-boarding, mentorship, professional learning communities, and weekly collaborative training that focuses on student completion and achievement. Quality professional development has led to genuine student success. Over the last three years, Palliser Beyond Borders has grown from 27 to over 680 current students, with an overall high school student completion rate improving vastly in that time frame, from 65% to 97%.

Student Success: This award recognizes individuals and/or institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and/or improved outcomes.

Palliser Beyond Borders, Alberta, Canada: All staff members

Palliser Beyond Borders, the online teaching and learning community of Palliser Regional Schools, is leading the way in education across Alberta and Western Canada, combining exemplary leadership, collaboration and lifelong learning practices to fuel student success. Hand in hand with quality professional development is their ability to inspire students. With consistent course design, an 8-pronged communication plan between students and teachers, teacher training and improved operational systems, Palliser Beyond Borders boasts a high school student completion rate that improved from 65% to 97% in just three years. They've recently gone global with students in Hong Kong, Nigeria and China, and are the model for the complete learning environment.

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Alison Hancox, Principal, Palliser Beyond Borders

Alison Hancox, Principal, Palliser Beyond Borders

Alison Hancox, Principal, Palliser Beyond Borders

Alison has been Principal at Palliser Beyond Borders since 2013.

  • Principal of 5 schools in Palliser and founding principal of Palliser's online learning program and school.
  • Has led the implementation of Palliser Beyond Borders and its growth from 27 students to over 700 students across Palliser. Recognised for improving completion rates to 97% in the last year. 
  • Recipient of  The Learning Partnership 2017 Outstanding Principal of the year recognized for opening 2 new schools in Alberta and increasing completion rates from 65% to 97% over a three year period. February 2017
  • Alberta Distinguished School Leadership Award - recognized for leading innovative change for 21st century learning, 2013
  • University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Education Alumnus of the Year Award - recognized leadership and innovation in education, 2011
  • Edmonton Public Schools’ An Act to Follow Award – recognizing instructional leadership as part of a team of 19 high school teachers which increased high school completion rates from 63% to 92 % over a 3 year period. 2009.
  • Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008.
  • Elluminate Centre of Excellence Award for Instructional Excellence, 2008
  • Alberta Excellence in Teaching and Smarter Kids foundation for Innovative Use of Technology, 2007
  • Reader’s Digest of Canada - Co-recipient of an award for leadership in education, 1996.
  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Education Arnolds Balins Award for academic excellence and leadership in education, 1990.


Palliser’s DiscoverU Student Leadership Conference: Students found themselves, more often than not, free to explore the realm of self-directed learning. While the idea of students learning without formal direction may startle some, Alison’s approach works wonders for students looking to motivate themselves and get more out of each opportunity to learn.

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