Finding Opportunity in Crisis: Five Ways the Pandemic Can Make Public Education Better

There is no doubt that March 14, 2020 has all of us in a world that is very different from the one we anticipated. The escalation of the national and provincial responses, in a time when everyone has a voice online and facts don’t always rise to the top, creates challenges we have yet to […]

Fitting In

In our classrooms, are we creating places where children are asked to fit in, or spaces where children know they belong? What is the difference? One non-education podcast I listen to regularly is On Being, with Krista Tippett. Recently, Brené Brown was a guest on a repodcast (from 2018). She talked about conversations with middle […]

One Word for 2020: #OneWordEdCan & #OneWordOnt

It’s 2020 and we’re back to school! Across Canada, many of us have had a couple of weeks to pause and reflect on the past year, and consider our goals for 2020. But as we dive back into the fast pace of work in education, how will we meet our own learning needs, to build […]

PISA Panic?

The latest PISA results are about to be released to the public. How will the media spin the latest results? What outrage will surface? What drastic policy shifts will happen as a result? What pressure will be put on front line educators because of how their jurisdiction fares in the rankings? Why are we obsessed […]


December 1 is a great day to talk about educator wellness. We are 15 school days away from the only real relaxation time teachers get in the school year, but there are some incredibly long days between here and there. Last week I sat with other education leaders in Toronto as the #EdCan Network launched […]

But Do They Want to Come Back?

On the Friday of the very first week of school, my granddaughter Chloé cried and cried and cried. It was not because she didn’t like school, but because her mom had just told her there was no school for two more days. Even though her family had fun weekend activities planned, she wanted to be […]

What are you Not Doing?

Educators are the busiest people I know. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being busy all the time. There is no end to activities we could be doing. But if we really ask ourselves what we are trying to achieve, and if we really think about whether what we are doing is leading […]

First Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Today, my beautiful, curious, imaginative, creative, energetic, confident 4-year-old granddaughter begins her journey through the public school system. Will her teachers see her as the capable and competent child that she is? I am thinking about the words Yong Zhoa said to me in 2015. Children come into the school system […]

What Can We Share With Teachers New to the Profession?

We’ve asked colleagues to share their “goto” resources so that we can help new teachers build their professional learning networks, and quickly access quality resources to inform their evolving professional practice. We’d love to have you contribute to the conversation by filling out this form: Loading… Featured Image by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (4)

Creating the Conditions for Focused Professional Learning (Part 2): The Learning Focus When you are in a classroom, and something isn’t working, you only have 2 choices: Change the kids, or change the teaching practice! Creating the conditions for focused professional learning is the FUNCTION of the network. How do we enable the kind of […]