Wed, 7 Jul, 2021
Congratulations to Superintendent Darrel Robertson who was named the Canadian Superintendent of the Year for 2020.
The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) announced the award this week during a livestream of the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) national conference.
The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) applauded Superintendent Robertson’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his ability to successfully lead the organization through a time of sudden change. “Robertson knew the importance of resources to support teachers and immediately prioritized the establishment of online resources for students and staff within five days of the suspension of in-person classes due to the pandemic,” the organization said in a news release.
CASS also noted Superintendent Robertson’s ongoing commitment to the values of accountability, collaboration, equity and integrity, which are core to his leadership. Specific projects mentioned include an equity fund to help schools respond to the unique challenges some students face and the Career Pathways initiative, which gives students opportunities to explore the world of work.
“It’s truly his focus on students that sets Darrel apart,” said Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks, in a letter of support for the Superintendent’s nomination. “Every single action is done with a student focus in mind. No matter what is going on in the Division, in our city, or in our province, Darrel always keeps ‘the main thing, the main thing,’ which is a focus on student learning and well-being.”
In addition to being celebrated at the national CASSA conference, Superintendent Robertson will also be acknowledged by the American Superintendents Association at their annual conference next year.