“Nurture Those Around You”

There is no doubt that #ECOO13 was an outstanding opportunity for learning and networking. The event was exceptional from beginning to end and I am grateful for the talents and very hard work of all involved. Of course the learning continues long after the event, as long as we continue to heed the “call to […]

When Knowledge and Belief Collide

Recently I had a second opportunity to listen to the Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, John Malloy, speak at a conference (#NOELonline). Below are my notes (with personal annotations) from his presentation. What are our beliefs as educators? Photomatt28 via Compfight cc We have beliefs around what classrooms should look like […]

Changing the Trajectory

What assumptions do we make about the life trajectories of the students in our classrooms? Over the past three days I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to share in learning with the Northern Ontario Education Leaders at their fall conference #NOELONLINE. The pre-conference address was given by the Director of the Bruce […]

Pausing at a Checkpoint

I like taking time to honour the changing of the seasons. Last Saturday was the last day of #Summer2013. People will say it was an awful summer, but I can’t think like that. I spent the day outside, breathing in the fresh air of northwestern Ontario, capturing images of the flowers still blooming on the […]

What Are You Thinking?

Recently, this post was shared with me on Twitter: Communication Tools for School Leaders | Evolving Educators It’s a very good look at the need to communicate and respond in many ways to all the stakeholders in the school community. I would add another item to the list: Blogging Why should education administrators blog?  For […]

Start With “Why”, But Then What?

“Start With Why” by Simon Sinek suggests that great leadership begins with asking the question, “Why do we do this?” as a focal point for our actions.  Understanding our purpose, our philosophy, is fundamental for educational leaders.  I have written about the importance of this in the past (You Need to Know What You Stand […]

Five Things I’ve Learned: The Challenge

Two days ago, Julie Balen issued this challenge to her PLN.  The idea was to follow the example provided by Ewan McIntosh, and share things we have learned along our journeys. So here are mine. 1. It Doesn’t Have to [Always] be Perfect If this had to be perfect, I would never get it posted. […]

Protecting Young Brains

This past year, I was fortunate to work with Robert Dunn and Steven Katz on a research project which used case management techniques to deeply study the reasons why students were not attending school, and therefore not succeeding in graduating.  The experience reinforced the observation that complex issues require complex solutions, and blanket strategies to […]

Getting Strong

Update: Do you want to help save the Ontario Ranger Program?  This program is key to giving our youth the opportunity to work as a team, to become strong, to build skills in collaboration and to become a resilient and focused member of our society.  Check out the action plan here: http://www.savetherangers.ca/ Were you an Ontario […]

Why Not Share?

One of my favourite parts of #etMOOC was our time exploring open learning. @cogdog (Alan Levine) collects stories of open learning and sharing here.  It is a concept I am committed to, and my own personal stories of open sharing are dear to me. Sharing can be hard, though. We need courage to share.  Depending […]