Council of School Leaders 

Leading With Confidence

Tec Voc High School – 1555 Wall Street


Opening Keynote SpeakerIvan E. Coyote

8:45 am – 9:00 am          Greetings (COSL Chairperson, MTS Vice President)

9:00 am – 10:15 am        Opening Keynote: Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker – Ivan E. Coyote

10:15 am – 10:45 am       Health Break

10:45 am – 12:00 am      Breakout Sessions

12:00 am – 1:00 pm        Lunch (No entertainment or scheduled activity – this uninterrupted break will provide
participants the opportunity to network/mingle with one another)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm         Breakout Sessions (Presenters will build in a break between 2:15 pm and 2:45pm

Limited Parking on site at south end of the staff parking lot (south of the main entrance to the school). There will be street parking available. Come early to ensure a good spot. Go to to see a map indicating parking.

Ivan E. Coyote – Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sticker

Bio: Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote is an award-winning author of twelve books, and a renowned live performer. Coyote has also been touring public schools across the continent and beyond for nearly two decades, working to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students, always with the careful eye and tender heart of a fellow misfit. Ivan knows that by addressing the needs of marginalized youth, we can build a better and safer school environment for all of our kids. Coyote uses personal narrative and the well-honed timing of a gifted storyteller to bring us a powerful message of hope and resilience.





AM and PM Breakout Sessions

A) Workshops on Workshops – Lia Gervino, Staff Officer, Professional and French Language Service

Teachers will build capacity and confidence to develop presentations and facilitate professional learning for adult learners. Recommended for teachers and leaders who develop and present at PD days and professional learning events.
Topics: Conditions and practices for effective adult learning, brain-friendly teaching; 4C’s of workshop design; and facilitation skills for high participation and engagement.

Lia Gervino is a Staff Officer in the Professional and French Language Services Department whose work focuses on supporting Professional Development Chairs and SAGE groups. Her background in education includes special education programming and student services.




B) Leading Professional Learning: Building Capacity for Sustained Effective Practice – Eric Sagenes TLLT Team Lead / Education Research Analyst Professional and French Language Services

This simulation game engages participants to work together as a team to create an ongoing and collaborative system for professional learning in order to change practice. Through the lens of Principal as Change Agent, the big ideas examined include principles of change and collaborative professionalism.

Bio: Eric Sagenes TLLT Team Lead / Education Research Analyst Professional and French Language Services

Eric Sagenes is a Staff Officer and facilitator of a variety of field work including Collaborative Learning Teams and team leader of the Teacher-Led Learning Team. Eric has worked as a middle years’ classroom teacher, EAL consultant, and university instructor. Eric is passionate about social justice, anti-oppressive education, and equity work.


C) Better Conversations

Participants will apply skills learned in Difficult Conversations through the lens of three big ideas: A Better Me (self-awareness); A Better We (relational awareness); A Better Conversation (conversational awareness). Topics: Understanding how values affects behavior in conversations; active listening skills; communication stumbling blocks; and diffusion techniques to stay in dialogue. 2 members of the MTS Teacher-Led Learning Team will be you facilitators.


D) Women in Leadership – Manitoba Style

Current COSL Leadership Team members and COSL Directors will discuss their roles as leaders in Manitoba schools. How they got there? Challenges? Go forward?


E) Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue has been described as “the cost of caring” for others in emotional pain. The helping field has gradually begun to recognize that workers are profoundly affected by the work they do, whether It is by direct exposure to traumatic events, secondary exposure, working with clients that are chronically in despair, witnessing people’s inability to improve their very difficult life circumstances, or feeling helpless in the face of poverty and emotional anguish.

Compassion fatigue is characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the helper’s ability to feel empathy for their patients/clients, loved ones and their co-workers. It is marked by increased cynicism at work, a loss of enjoyment of our career, and eventually can turn into depression, secondary traumatic stress and stress-related illness.

Speaker Bio: Rebecca Martin-Ilunga Med, RSW

Rebecca has a Master’s in Counseling and is a Registered Social Worker with 17 years of clinical experience. Rebecca has been working at the Aulneau Renewal Centre since 2013 with individual children, teens, adults and families. As well as a clinician, Rebecca is the Team Lead for our spiritual committee, on our safety committee, she facilitates workshops and is in charge of our Social Committee.

Please Note: Payment for presentation should be sent to the Aulneau Renewal Centre.

F) Snapshot of Manitoba Programming—3 Distinctive PD Offerings from Manitoba School Leaders.

These sessions will each run for approximately 1 hr 15. Exact times TBD. One will occur after the keynote in the morning and the other 2 will share the afternoon slot after lunch.

1) Brooklands Outdoor School Experience

Rex will provide an overview of this alternative approach to teaching outside, illustrating the steps needed to start your own experience and the benefits that have been observed. The session will conclude with an action list and a question and answer period.

Presenter Rex-Harrison Baird

Rex Ferguson-Baird has been a school leader since 2001. He currently works with an amazing team at Brooklands Elementary School where he has been the principal for 11 years. Rex believes great schools have highly aligned teams committed to a common vision. Leadership empowers teams to be effective, create healthy relationships, inspire each other and ask each other “Is it working?”. These elements create the conditions for student success.

2) Apps to Empower School Administrators

This session will focus on applications that are simple and powerful and sometimes even free to help increase efficiency and transform collaboration and communication. Apps to be examined wil be:
• BaseCamp for project management
• Evernote to digitize all that paper
• MailChimp to create brief format electronic newsletters that build community through communication• Google Suite… what does it offer to make the job running a school go digital?

Presenter Brad Burns

Brad is an experienced educator and school administrator. One of Brad’s main focus areas is the application of innovative technology in the classroom and in school administration. He has presented at provincial and international conferences sharing his technological innovation experiences with school administrators and teachers. Brad is involved in educational leadership on a wider scale through his work with Manitoba ASCD. He is currently on the Board of Directors and chairs the Communications Committee.





Registration and Conference Fees

Register here:

COSL Member– $110.00
Non-members- $135.00
For further information contact:
Myles Blahut, COSL Chairperson