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Chris Koch is guest speaker at Livingstone Range School Division’s professional development event

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Thursday, Nov. 12 is Livingstone Range School Division’s Divisional Day for professional development.
It is a day for all school division employees — teachers, support staff, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance, central office staff — to meet at Willow Creek Composite high school to support student learning, to share effective professional research and practices, and to celebrate staff and staff achievements.
This year’s focus is on “Success for All Learners: All learners are engaged in meaningful learning that is appropriate, enhances his or her abilities, and takes place in positive learning environments.”
The morning keynote speaker is Chris Koch. Being born without limbs, Koch has accomplished more than most able-bodied folks do in a lifetime.
Growing up on a ranch west of Nanton, he learned to golf, ski, snowboard and play the piano, along with putting in countless hours as a volunteer.
As an adult, he received a degree in psychology and history, continued his volunteer work with such charities as War Amps Canada and has travelled far and wide.
One of those trips was a three-month solo journey through Europe where he navigated the historic sites on his skateboard. Koch was recently in Nepal.
Koch is a 33-year-old inspiration, and has spoken to groups from Alberta to New York. In July, he spoke at the Google Summit in California.
Koch, a farm boy turned world traveller, brings his “If I Can” message to Livingstone Range.
The afternoon is comprised of a variety of sessions for staff to attend.
Some sessions are organized by those who work in Livingstone Range schools, while other sessions are facilitated by professionals from the area.
Some of the topics include mindfulness, anxiety disorders, behavioral supports, English Language Learners, inclusion at junior and senior high, Google schools, iTunes University, literacy in elementary, wellness, mental health and students, Career and Technology Foundations, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Divisional Day is an opportunity for the Alberta Teacher’s Association and Livingstone Range School Division to work together.