Leading Learning in 2018

“The balance between leading and learning is essential.” (Fullan 2017, p. 62) Back in early December, we met with our Assistant Principals in Western Region (NLESD) to talk about Learning Leadership.  We shared that Learning Leadership was an essential approach to effective practice in schools.  The feedback from that event was that overwhelmingly, the biggest […]

#OneWord #OneWord2018 #OneWordONT

Context:The #OneWordONT project began in 2015 with #OSSEMOOC (Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC – OSAPAC’s community of leaders learning how technology can change practice in education).  Julie Balen took the lead in creating a graphic and encouraging educators to participate in choosing a focus. In 2016, we had many educators choose a focus […]

Your Friends Help You Learn

Every day I am thankful for the plethora of great reading and resources my friends share with me online. This morning, I woke up to Tom D’Amico sharing this remarkable digital library of children’s books in many different languages. Immediately I thought of our work with English Language Learners in Newfoundland and Labrador, and throughout […]

Learning Network Leadership – A Path Forward

If we are to build an effective learning network, what will it look like? An effective learning network is complex, changing, growing, shrinking, morphing over old, new and evolving platforms.  It reaches into classrooms and across the globe, held together by personal learning networks (PLNs) that continually build new connections, cultivate new relationships and learning […]

Retweet or Share?

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook make sharing easy, much easier, in fact, than reading the full content or discovering the real source of the post. An algorithm, which you have no control over, determines what content reaches your eyes. There is no human to complain to when that goes wrong. Facebook makes money through […]

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 […]

Our Incredible Normal

We have the technology now to learn from the best teachers in the world. We can access our PLN from almost anywhere, through synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Today, our students need personalized learning options. Our teachers need to learn according to personal and professional interests.  Our leaders need to be able to consult with experts, […]

The Digital Networked Lives of Our Children – #picsymposia2016

Today in Thunder Bay, close to 60 parents gave up their Saturday to learn about parent leadership in our education system. The Ministry of Education sponsored event was an opportunity for parents to learn all about what is important in education and how to access funds to share knowledge in their boards. I was so […]

We Don’t Think Differently (or do we?) – 7/10

Do we think differently, or have we just learned differently? This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina! _________________________________________________________ Silence. You’ve felt that right? […]

Where’s the Beef? – 6/10

When we talk about “Visible Learning” and “Visible Thinking”, can we now focus more on the Thinking and Learning than on the Visible? This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that […]