SAPDC is Hiring!
Posted on: May 28, 2019

SAPDC is seeking the professional knowledge, skills, and attributes of a Learning Facilitator, to work 70-100 days, for the East Region of Southern Alberta. The successful candidate’s primary focus would be in supporting the school districts of Grasslands, Medicine Hat Public, Medicine Hat Catholic and Prairie Rose. This position is an excellent fit for a recently retired individual with a strong interest and history in professional development. The possibility exists to explore a secondment option for a part-time current teacher where suitable flexibility of contract and time can be established.

This individual will have the flexibility to travel from their location to nearby districts, or to Lethbridge, Edmonton and Calgary to participate in other meetings and training when necessary. The flexibility of this schedule will allow this professional to manage their time to best meet the needs in the role of an SAPDC Learning Facilitator and the districts they serve. The position will be for one year, with the possibility of an extension.

Learning Facilitators collaborate to implement professional learning program plans at a district and/or school level to support the direction of the school or district professional learning plan. This role includes the following responsibilities:

  • Collaboration with the SAPDC Executive Director to implement professional learning opportunities which are planned to meet the requirements of Alberta Education grant priorities and the professional learning goals of districts, schools, and teachers in southern Alberta.
  • Serve as a provider of professional development and/or plan for others to provide professional development.
  • Coordinate or facilitate forms of professional development/learning designed to be responsive to learning needs identified provincially, regionally; and at a district, school and individual teacher level.
  • Model, and actively demonstrate, a commitment to life-long learning and increasing their own efficacy and professional capacity, as they are serving the learning needs of educators in our region.

With expertise in professional development, Learning Facilitators utilize professional learning opportunities to leverage improvement in teacher practice and student learning.

By supporting adult learning, as close to the classroom as possible, our Learning Facilitators provide elbow to elbow support for educators in our region, as they strive to increase their individual and learning team professional capacity.

Individuals interested in this position, designed to facilitate learning opportunities for educators on the east side of our region, should demonstrate through their professional portfolio and/or references, the following:

  • A commitment to ongoing professional learning
  • A comfort with technology and its appropriate use in support of learning
  • Formal or informal leadership in the field of professional development
  • Knowledge of current education research
  • Knowledge of the theory of adult learning

In addition, the following are assets in the selection of the successful candidate - knowledge, skills, and attributes in relation to:

  • Alberta Education’s Curriculum & Curriculum Development process
  • Inclusive Education and the roles and responsibilities of learning coaches
  • Coaching models in support of educational excellence (i.e. cognitive coaching, instructional coaching, peer coaching)
  • Facilitation of adult learning

The successful candidate will be expected to continue the excellent work in support of the South East Alberta Teachers’ Convention (SEATCA) Board.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application outlining qualifications, competencies and qualities pertaining to this position along with the names, complete addresses and telephone numbers of three references.

Deadline for Applications:
Although the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, applications received by noon on June 11th will be assured careful consideration. Applications will be accepted by email to, mail, or hand delivery to the address below:

Applications should be addressed to:
Rick Gilson, Executive Director
Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium (SAPDC)
#B313, 1701 – 5 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 0W4

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. For more information about the position, please contact Rick Gilson, Executive Director of SAPDC at or 587-220-1723

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New SAPDC Blog
Posted on: November 15, 2018

Check out the new SAPDC Blog. First post all about the Student Leadership Conference.

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director
Posted on: April 11, 2018

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director


The Board of Directors for the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium (SAPDC) are pleased to announce that Dr. Rick Gilson has accepted the position of Executive Director for SAPDC, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Gilson is currently an Assistant Superintendent for Westwind School Division.

Rick shares, “the more I know, the more I know I need to know more. That desire to know more has fueled a passion to share more and invite others to ponder possibilities new knowledge opens for ourselves and the students we serve. I feel that's the key to the future of the SAPDC. We must work with our partners to foster a thirst to know more and share more by as many means as possible. I love the idea of that challenge.”


Rick firmly believes in "Everyone learning Everyday". He embraces technology to support that learning process. He is inspired by the local expertise in Southern Alberta and firmly believes that we need to tap into that collective knowledge in ways that help our young teachers and partners learn and share. Helping professionals help each other across the region is fundamental to the work. He believes that promising, and best or better practices are not proprietary so much as they are often surprisingly hidden and need support in being shared. Being a conduit of learning will most certainly be accomplished differently as we access new technologies and respond to limited resources of time and money.

Rick will replace John Loree, who has been an outstanding support for all of Zone 6 for the past 5 years. We are confident that Rick will be a wonderful addition to the SAPDC team and will lead us forward with high-quality Professional 


Learning Opportunities.

Lorelie Lenaour

SAPDC Board Chair