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 […]

Open Resources for #onted: Becoming a Digital Leader

You’ve decided to self-direct your professional learning on Twitter.  Your students want a class Facebook page.  Your school board is implementing a BYOD policy. Where can you go to ensure you and your students will thrive in online environments? OSAPAC has led the creation of three series of resources for Ontario educators. Digital Citizenship and […]

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Yes, Your Child Will Thrive in 2016 and Beyond

As education leaders, how do we convince our parent communities, our Trustees, our students themselves, of this (7)? Because this really is the most important measure of accountability isn’t it? That this school, this system, is the very best place for your child to learn on this day (4), and this school and this system […]

Creative Public Leadership: Building a Powerful Case for Change

Early this morning, The RSA posted this report release on Twitter: In the report, they set out nine first steps in moving to an education system that creates the innovators needed for today’s world. Step 1 is Building the case for change. For those who have been in this business of change for many years, […]

What’s an Education That’s Worth Having?

[In 2014, I wrote a post on technology and pedagogy that was recently circulated on Twitter.  It reminded me that it is time to update the thinking in that post.] Simon Breakspear asked the question, “What is an Education That’s Worth Having?” at #uLead15 three months ago.  The answer is complex, and context driven, but, […]

Looking for the [Student] Learning Intention

  Online every day I see what appear to be amazing things that educators are doing in their classrooms.  As a connected leader and learner, I tend to be quick to praise, to share, to encourage and to promote practice. But is this my best practice? Do I know enough about what I am encouraging? Recently, […]

Searching for the Desire (to Learn)

What do we do about the educators who refuse to embrace change? This question keeps bubbling up in conversations, on Twitter, and in blog posts, in different formats, but essentially this is it:  “How do we convince educators that they need to change their practice?” We have names and categories for those who resist change […]

Scaffolding Connected Leadership: You Can Start Here

Does it feel, sometimes, like you have been so busy working that you haven’t had time to stop and recognize how much the work has actually changed? The world is changing quickly. Leaders in education need to figure out how to keep up. #OSSEMOOC  gets it. This month, we are putting out little bits, or […]

Sharing with PQP: Why Do Our Students Need Connected Leaders?

Recently, I was asked to share my thinking with PQP candidates about why connecting as leaders is so important. I wrote about this late last year, and I have presented workshops on the topic a few times.   This time I needed to be able to share my thinking remotely, so I created this very […]

What’s Our Next Step in Spreading Great Practice Around #TELT?

In Ontario we know we have pockets of excellence when it comes to Technology-enabled learning and teaching. When I refer to “pockets of excellence”, I mean schools and classrooms where learning to do this, digging into doing this well, and supporting the understanding of how learning needs to change to meet the realities of today’s […]