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Our CCSSA Issues Forum is February 17, 2017 at Evergreen Catholic Division Office, 381 Grove Dr W #110, Spruce Grove, AB beginning at 8:45 am.
Room Reservation Block for the evening of February 16, 2017:
Holiday Inn Express: 1 780 571-1101
201 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 0T3 
Room Rate: $119.99 (King); $109.99 (Two Queen)
​Block Name: Council of Catholic School Superintendents​
Block Code: COC
​The room block rate will be held until February 2, 2017.​

Excellence in Catholic Education Award 2017




The Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (C.C.S.S.A.) is a community of disciples leading and guiding Catholic education in Alberta.

We proudly and continuously proclaim the benefits of Catholic education to our partners, stakeholders, and the public at large.

As a community of disciples, and leaders in Catholic education in Alberta, we wish to communicate clearly and convincingly the raison d'etre for Catholic education, and its value to society.

We believe that one way of achieving this goal is to establish an Excellence in Catholic Education Award, awarded annually by all Alberta Catholic school jurisdictions.


Clearly Catholic school communities place great importance on respect and support for fellow human beings and community mindedness. To this end we wish to honour ‘teachers’ across the Province of Alberta who have contributed in an extraordinary way to serving the needs of Catholic students.

As Catholic school jurisdictions, by participating together, in a provincial Catholic education award initiative, it is hoped that students, teachers, staff, parents and all in Catholic education can also feel a sense of being part of a bigger picture that can make a real difference in the lives of all Catholic students throughout the Province of Alberta.

The Excellence in Catholic Education Award recognizes Catholic ‘teachers’ in Alberta who have done an exemplary job in preparing our youth to grow into outstanding Catholic citizens. Nominees shall be passionate about Catholic education and the students they teach, inspire their students, and demonstrate commitment to Catholic education and teaching excellence.



A nominee must be a practicing Catholic who is a certificated teacherteaching or working full time in a publicly funded Catholic school jurisdiction in the Province of Alberta. The award is limited to ‘individuals’ – staff groups or school staffs are ‘not’ eligible.


Each Divisional Selection Committee will look for specific examples of how the teacher’s character, teaching or leadership excels at:

  • role modeling Catholic values and a Catholic lifestyle;
  • fostering the development of students and their spiritual, intellectual, social , emotional and physical growth;
  • motivating students to exceed their own expectations;
  • attending to individual student needs;
  • working collaboratively with colleagues & parish;
  • demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and the integration of the teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • being involved in professional and spiritual growth activities;
  • achieving positive results in student learning; and,
  • demonstrating caring for the well-being of students and colleagues, thereby contributing to a positive school climate.

’Each school division will determine their nomination and selection process.’


Each publicly funded Catholic school jurisdiction in the Province of Alberta is asked to determine the nomination and selection process as well as the recipient for their division.

School jurisdictions may award one certificate. Edmonton Catholic and Calgary Catholic may award up to three certificates. 

Divisional recipients will be presented with a C.C.S.S.A. Excellence in Catholic Education Certificate by the President of CCSSA or designate at the Blueprints and SPICE Annual Spring Conference. Additionally, each jurisdiction that is honouring one of their members with this award will provide the CCSSA Executive with a three hundred (300) word summary for the program of why the award has been given to this individual as well as a three (5) sentence introduction.




The following timeline will be adhered to:

December 1, 2016 - Nomination packages are distributed to CCSSA & REN members

February 28, 2017 – School divisions provide the CCSSA Executive Director the following (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

-        Name (s) of the award recipient

-        Name of the School Division

-        Name of School Division presenter (s) (CCSSA member or designate) to accompany the CCSSA President or designate in making the award presentation)

-        A three hundred (300) word nomination support summary for the banquet program (in WORD not PDF)

-        A five (5) sentence introduction to be read by the CCSSA President or designate at the banquet (in WORD not PDF)

-        2 or 3 digital pictures of the award recipient (alone and with students )

-        Indicate which venue that the award will be presented – BluePrints or S.P.I.C.E.


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