The Level of our Systems

“We do not rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our systems.” James Clear, Atomic Habits We’re great at dreaming up goals, aren’t we? High achieving educators probably have too many goals in mind most of the time! We are coached to write goals – SMART goals even – […]

This is a picture of DNA representing the many advances we have made in scientific understanding of the body over the past decade.

Teaching When Knowledge is Exploding

How did you feel when you first learned that Pluto was being demoted? Pluto is no longer a planet in the solar system, and people are mad about this! We have an emotional connection to what we learned in school, and what we know to be true. It’s disruptive and disturbing when we find out […]

This image shows a European Hawkweek with a bumblebee on it, as evidence of how wildflower (even invasive species) attract pollinators

Disturbing “Normal”

Which do you prefer for your front yard? Beautiful, perfect, manicured grass, or a more natural approach to landscaping? One of the youngest winners of this year’s Bondar Challenge questions our pursuit of perfect lawns: “People still pay a lot of money to get them [dandelions] out and take so long to dig them out.” […]

This is a lesser yellowlegs walking on a beach. It's an example of birds we need to learn to identify to better understand how our world is changing.

Species Literacy Matters

Do you know the difference between a Least Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper? I don’t. I’m sitting here with hundreds of pictures of living things in my natural world, and I don’t know what they are. Over the last four days, I have been participating in the Nature Conservancy of Canada Big Backyard Blitz, an […]

Transforming School Culture – Chapter 6 Resources – The Fundamentalists (Part 1 – Who are the Fundamentalist Teachers?)

This is a series of posts on Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad – On Audible and on Amazon. More from Dr. Muhammad on Twitter and on his website. In this book, Dr. Anthony Muhammad shares his research on four categories of teachers found in schools. In Chapter 6, he discusses “Fundamentalists”. Fundamentalists are the […]

On Nuance: Dr. Michael Fullan In Conversation With Stephen Hurley

Recently, Stephen Hurley recorded a podcast in conversation with Dr. Michael Fullan where they explored some of the ideas from his latest book, “Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail” Please listen to this VoicEd Radio On Demand Podcast here. In this podcast, Stephen and Michael take us back to the 1960’s when innovation […]

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 […]

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 […]

#nled Digital Identity, Digital Leadership

This week, in #nled, principals in the Western Region are meeting f2f.  At one of our sessions, we are learning about the connections between the networked lives of our students, and their mental health. The slides for the session are shared below.  Thanks, in particular, to Dr. Alec Couros for posting his slides on Slideshare. […]

Comfort Zones in Exponential Times

We cannot let the comfort zones of educators limit our children. Reliance on paper-based textbooks creates enormous workflow for children who need a digital format. Banning cell phones in response to inappropriate use ignores our negligence in ever teaching children to use mobile devices effectively. How do our adult practices limit children in 2017? From […]