Grande Prairie Catholic Superintendent Karl Germann will be even busier next school year as he takes over as President of the College of Alberta School Superintendents.
He starts in the position on July 1st, and says he is most looking forward to working on the Student Speak Out initiative.
“They tell you just a little bit about how they like to learn, what they’d like to do, what kind of courses they’d like to experience. Often we think we know what teenagers need to do, but sometimes they’ve got some really good ideas too; kids are quite positive and smart, and they can give you ideas that you never thought about.”
Germann will also look into a new approach to teacher excellence, and take part in Alberta-wide curriculum design.
He believes some changes are necessary for the success of our students.
“Alberta’s students will still have all the basics, but we need to make sure that the kids are competitive because the world has changed out there in terms of what skills kids need, whether creation, critical thinking, content knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit; whatever it might be.”
He adds that changes will take time and communication with parents will be key.
His new job will likely take him out of the district 50 times throughout the year, but Germann believes Grande Prairie will benefit.
He will remain on as Superintendent.