A Common Understanding of Engagement

Participate on Twitter using the #essentialconversations hashtag.  Join the Twitter chat Thursday March 14, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland time,  and don’t miss Episode 2, Thursday, March 21, 2019 Newfoundland time (First day of spring!) on VoicEd Radio.  Please join in! When we speak of student engagement, what are we really talking about? What is our shared understanding of “engagement” in the context of school and learning? What is the at the heart of the word “engagement”? According to Regie Routman, engagement is different […]

Getting “Lit” (or, Coming Out of the Cave)

Last Thursday night (March 7, 2019) was the absolute highlight of my many years in education leadership. As my friend and colleague Stephen Hurley phrased it, “the rock lit up“. The VoicEd Radio map was full of listeners from Newfoundland and Labrador. We were glued to our devices, listening to the voice of Allison Tucker, […]

Essential Conversations

Why should you participate? Teachers matter. “If we really want to impact on student learning and achievement, we do it through the quality of classroom instruction and practice. That there is in fact no single bigger predictor of student learning and achievement than the quality of classroom instruction that kids are exposed to.” Dr. Stephen […]

Engagement, Excellence and Equity: Learning with Regie Routman

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has partnered with author Regie Routman, and VoicEd Radio Founder/Podcaster/Host Stephen Hurley to host an open learning opportunity. The work will focus on the ideas found in Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners. An excellent introduction to the work can be found in a recent podcast […]

Supports: Building Leadership Content Knowledge

School and System Leaders need to be able to recognize excellent classroom learning environments. In their roles, they support educators in improving the school learning environment. How do we support school and system leaders in developing the content knowledge needed to be effective in their roles? Universal Design for Learning Currently in our District, we […]

The Myth of the Average Learner

What do we design classroom learning for? Or perhaps we should be asking WHO we design classroom learning for. What is our image of the learner? Shifting the image of the learner  Good learning design isn’t possible without thinking through all the ways our learners vary. When we consider the wide variation in foot size; […]

How Do We Change The Way Children Experience Learning?

“My son doesn’t really like school. But he’s also lazy, so I tell him to get over it because not everything in life can be fun. He has to learn to apply himself.” “How old is your son?”, I asked. “He’s seven. He’s in grade 2. He says he’s bored but the teacher tells us […]

Flourish #oneword2019 #onewordONT

For 2019, the word that I will keep at the centre of who I am and what I do is FLOURISH. I recently wrote about flourishing as part of a blogging challenge: What do you need to flourish? For me, 7 hours of quality sleep in fresh air, freshly ground coffee, and a morning run […]

A Profound Shift: Seeing Children as Capable and Competent

“This is a profound shift to view the child as a capable, competent, rich in potential rights-bearing individual rather than as an empty vessel waiting to be filled.” Dr. Jean Clinton How do we shift our image of the learner? Recently I had the privilege to listen to Hailey Noseworthy, a Grade 12 student from […]

Sharing Deep Learning

Recently, several Principals from our Director’s Principal Advisory Group (DPAG, #nledDPAG) travelled to New Brunswick to observe and learn about examples of #NPDL – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.  Today they shared their observations with us. Ryan Kelley: When we visited schools in New Brunswick to see Deep Learning in action, some of the things […]