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The Calgary Board of Education

Learning Community of Choice

The Calgary Board of Education is the dynamic learning community of choice. We provide quality learning opportunities and options. Our learners take ownership by discovering and developing their potential, passions, and gifts. They take their place as lifelong learners and make a significant contribution within a complex, changing world.

Educational Partnerships

One effective strategy employed by the Calgary Board of Education is the development of educational partnerships. Educational partnerships are a collaboration that encourages learning and growth in learners and employees and enriches the educational environment by tapping the human resources available in the community.

The partnerships that the Calgary Board of Education has established over the past 19 years are special relationships that truly make a difference in our schools and our community. The Partners in Education Program has shown that members of the Calgary community, despite increased workloads, will give personal time and energy for Calgary children and public education in general. There is a tremendous untapped potential to be part of a process making significant and positive changes to the process of education. These partnerships have shown how dedication and genuine interest can benefit all involved.

Wired For Words

Wired for Words is one example of a special partnership among community members and educators. The concept of having our own web site that promotes literacy and serves avid student readers is an exciting one and demonstrates the Calgary Board of Education’s commitment to increasing awareness of books and the Internet with our students and parents. This initiative will also enable the Calgary Board of Education to continue its development of both literacy and technology opportunities for its students and help serve our community with an educational and fun literacy-based program.

Wired for Words has been created with the help of professional teacher-librarians and the creative direction of Communication Services at the Calgary Board of Education.

The Calgary Board of Education believes that by paying greater attention to the realities of today’s world, we may be able to help students become more caring, happier individuals, more functional future employees and better prepared Calgarians.

Content Contributors to Wired for Words

Jacquie Vincent
(B.A., B. Ed., Dip.Ed., M.Ed.)

Is currently the teacher-librarian at Centennial High School in Calgary. She has been in education for more than four decades and loves working in the school’s best classroom, the library. Reading is a favourite pastime because stories, both fiction and non-fiction explore the world of human experience. Where else could readers meet so many extraordinary individuals in diverse times and places?

Linda Steen
(B.Ed., Dip. Ed., M. Ed.)

Has over 30 years of experience as a full-time teacher-librarian with the Calgary Board of Education. Her career has also included time as a consultant in the field of gifted education. Now retired from the CBE, Linda continues to follow her passion for children's literature by assisting schools with collection development, reviewing the latest book titles, participating in literature events and contributing to Wired for Words.

Diane Gregson
(B.Ed., Dip.Ed., M.Ed.)

Was an elementary teacher for the Calgary Board of Education for over 25 years. The school library was always the hub of classroom learning as children engaged with quality literature, non fiction and digital resources. She is excited about the new resources that have recently been added to the Wired for Words website as they have become new “favourites”, that go along with other wonderful treasures already on the site.


The Dr. Alison Vaness Public School Library Fund

Dr. Alison Vaness is a name synonymous with libraries and the furtherance of education in Calgary. During her many years as Supervisor of Libraries, in the employ of the Calgary Board of Education, she dedicated her energies to bringing quality resources (print and non-print) to students, K through 12. In recognition of her leadership, Encyclopedia Britannica twice presented Dr. Vaness and the CBE with awards for excellence in the development of school library collections.

Upon her retirement in 1985, a group of school library friends honoured her achievements by establishing the Dr. Alison Vaness Public School Library Fund. On an annual basis, revenues from the fund support on-going enhancement of school library resources managed by teacher-librarians.


United Library Services

United Library Services is Canada's largest book wholesaling company and offers services to schools, public libraries and other institutions. In addition to an inventory of over 13,000 titles, ULS provides special order services for obtaining any title in print. For further information, please visit www.uls.com.



The Calgary Foundation

The Calgary Foundation (TCF), established in 1955, facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long term benefit of Calgary and surrounding area.
TCF is a proactive community leader that promotes and facilitates philanthropy for the long term benefit of Calgary and area.
TCF is a catalyst and a convener, a meeting place that fosters partnerships and engages citizens.
TCF is a knowledgeable grant maker that builds a strong and sustainable charitable sector in the areas of Arts & Heritage, Human Services, Education, Environment, Health and Neighbourhoods.