Dr. McKinnon spent 35 years in education as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent. The last 25 years of his career were as Superintendent of Schools in the County of Wheatland and the Golden Hills School Division. He retired in 2003 and then taught in the B. Ed. and M. Ed. programs at the University of Calgary. In 2010 he bacame Superintendent of the Calgary Science School and currently serves in that position.
The Calgary Science School, a publicly funded charter school, is home to 600 students in grades 4-9 and maintains a waiting list of well over 1000 students. The school's charter goals, guiding principles and frameworks for exemplary learning, teaching and leadership reflect the values of the Alberta Inspiring Education agenda. The emphasis on collaboration and learning together and from each other within the school and beyond is a hallmark of the school. In the past school year there were over 800 visitors to the school. The school prides itself in having its teachers think deeply about the 'science of learning.'
Dr. McKinnon will make reference to the Calgary Science School in facilitating an interactive dialogue on ideas from Inspiring Education and the vision for a transformation of education in Alberta.
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