Chris Pawluk

Rocky View Schools

Lead Psychologist

Chris is the Lead Psychologist for Rocky View Schools. He is responsible for enhancing the Social-Emotional, Behavioural, and Mental Well Being of all Rocky View Students through supports to schools and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including 70 divisional staff in 50 schools for 25,000 students. Chris works closely with various Alberta Universities to facilitate research and training of teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists. A Clinical Supervisor in the Werklund School of Education, Chris most recently taught a graduate level class on Advanced Clinical Supervision. Chris has worked on a number of data-based collaborative education projects in three countries over the last 20 years.


Speakers Session:

Leading Learning with Data: Attendance and Achievement

It is estimated that more than 100,000 students in Alberta are impacted by school absenteeism and are placed at significant risk of negative future outcomes, such as economic disadvantage and mental health challenges. Rocky View Schools launched the Attendance Innovation Campaign which aimed to educate communities, empower schools to utilize data, and eliminate barriers to student attendance through a system of tiered interventions. This approach to absenteeism was expected to increase attendance rates, academic achievement, school engagement, and collaboration between Rocky View Schools and local community agencies. The techniques, resources, and results of this initiative will be shared. A broader discussion about the process of getting good data into the hands of schools will be threaded through the presentation.