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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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Grades Taught

1-12

Principal

Jason Kwasny

Administration

Office hours by appointment 

Introduction

Our goal is to serve Palliser high schools who require additional credit courses not offered by your local school:

  • provide access to online learning materials and instruction to support students across the Palliser School Division
  • develop a vibrant online learning community for Palliser students which supports academic success

Our Beliefs: At Palliser Regional Schools we believe in learning success for all students as they develop their unique potential as caring citizens in a changing world. Our online initiative supports this mission by expanding learning choices and personalization for Palliser students and give students access to their learning on a 24/7 basis.

Our vision for Palliser's online school is a centre of online learning and teaching excellence. It will provide outstanding opportunities for Alberta students and will grow to serve ever larger communities across Canada and internationally. Students will engage online in their learning both asynchronously and synchronously with their peers and teachers and demonstrate a deep understanding of Alberta curriculum and global digital citizenship. Students, if they choose, can complete an Alberta diploma fully online.

Learn about the difference between home education and online school.      

The purpose Palliser Beyond Borders is:

  • serve Palliser students by supplementing courses available at their existing high schools. 
  • provide access to online learning materials and instruction to support high school students across the division
  • develop a vibrant online learning community for Palliser students which supports academic success
  • differentiate with online instruction and provide flexible learning opportunities tailored to the individual student's needs

Mission

Our mission at Palliser Beyond Borders

  • continuously build a centre of online learning and teaching excellence.
  • provide outstanding opportunities for Alberta students. 
  • engage students online in their learning both asynchronously and synchronously with their peers and teachers so they demonstrate a deep understanding of Alberta curriculum and global digital citizenship. 
  • to offer a complete Alberta curriculum so students can complete an Alberta diploma fully online. 

Philosophy

At Palliser Beyond Borders we believe in offering choice to help students succeed:

  • asynchronous access to courses material;
  • synchronous virtual lessons to support the Moodle course delivery;
  • integration of Google Education Apps;
  • continuous registration for high school classes.

Education Plan

Palliser Beyond Borders Three Year Annual Education Plan

I loved every day, minute and second in school and in Canada. I hope to have a new opportunity here in Canada in my future. My host family was amazing to me I will never forget what they did for me.   

Emanuela Carvalho, 10

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www.pallisersd.ab.ca