Open Education Leadership

Should education leaders work openly? Is knowledge more rapidly mobilized through the system when leaders work openly? For the purposes of my work, I am considering personal professional openness – the concept of sharing thinking and learning in open spaces, curating resources for others, engaging in open conversations in text or through broadcast technologies like […]

An Evening with Dr. Jean Clinton – @drjeanforkids

Dr. Jean Clinton is a pediatric psychiatrist and advisor to the Ontario Minister of Education.  Yesterday she spent two hours at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, speaking with parents, educators and community members interested in the well-being of children in our communities. How are the children doing?  Is this the major concern and question that […]

Extending FSL Learning with Technology: Lakehead University, September 29

Today I was invited to work with pre-service education students at Lakehead University where I learned more about how our FSL teachers are learning to do great work with students in the future. We explored ways in which they can think deeply about their practice, and how they can continue to self-direct their learning. Here are our […]

Most Urgent Student Learning Needs

What are our most urgent student learning needs? This question is at the centre of tables around the province as boards and schools go through their new school and board improvement process (SILC: System Improvement Learning Cycles).  The new process, evolving from the former BIPSA process, is more agile (faster cycles), more targeted, and more […]

A New Rhythm for Learning

Note: CATC (Computers Across the Curriculum) Camp is a Professional Learning Opportunity for Educators in Waterloo Region District School Board.  About 125 teachers meet at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre each summer to share and learn about how to integrate technology into their curriculum and to use technology effectively in their practice. This year we celebrate […]

The Critical Vertex

I am continuing to work my way through “Most Likely to Succeed“, the book by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.  On p. 223 of “Most Likely to Succeed”, the Tripod of Learning for the 21st Century is described.  This is a summary of that thinking. The three points of the tripod are: 1) content knowledge, […]

What is an Educated Adult in 2016?

It was an incredible honour yesterday, to hear Dr. Tony Wagner speak about his work in rethinking education for today.  Being able to ask my question about how we work with a system that still defines graduates by 2-digit numbers, and ranks them individually, was enlightening and empowering. I am a huge fan of Dr. […]

The Compelling Case for Change: TELL 2016

This year’s Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Symposium for Principals is wrapping up today.  Yesterday we had the opportunity to have conversations with Dr. Tony Wagner about how the current pathways for our students are no longer leading to success. Creating that Compelling Case for Change is so critical.  We are in times of exponential change, […]

For Credit or for Learning?

As we think about the needs of learners in online environments, there is one dichotomy that we often forget. Some students take online courses because they need a credit or qualification for a life pathway, not because the want to learn. I was first introduced to this thinking as a secondary online teacher , and […]

Are All Kids Able to Choose?

Recently, in my Primary/Junior Math AQ course, we examined process expectations in the Ontario primary/junior math curriculum document. Of particular interest to me was the process expectation around “selecting tools and computational strategies”. The Ontario math curriculum document was written in 2005, five years before the first iPad was released, and two years before the […]