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 […]

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, […]

A Decade of Connecting – 10 Years on Twitter With My #PLN

10 years ago today, I created @fryed on Twitter. Twitter opened up my world. It was my first real experience with the read-write web – web 2.0, which gave people the power to contribute to the network, to build understanding together, to question thinking, to share with the world. As a mom, travelling to take […]

Activity or Learning?

Today our Programs Leaders took time to dig into the work of Stephen Katz and Lisa Ain Dack (Intentional Interruption, 2013). Here are some of the resources we looked at today. We began by examining our own definitions of learning from our earlier work together this year, and then considering the idea that learning is […]

Best Possible Most Richly Imagined Future

Rather than continue a number of conversations in Twitter DMs about my last post, If There Has Been No Learning, I thought I would clarify a few things here. I have been incredibly fortunate to learn from two women, who both went on to be Chief Student Achievement Officers for the Province of Ontario. Mary […]

Enabling Educators to be Learners: 1/10

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! ___________________________________________________________ How can we enable our colleagues to access the rich professional learning opportunities available online? […]

Twitter is a Public Library!

Earlier today, I read a post on the importance of the language we use when we talk about education.  It  made me think about some of the listening I have done this year when I ask educators why they are not using social media for their professional learning. At the OPC/CPCO/ADFO Symposium in November, many school […]

What is Personalized Professional Learning?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to share with educators around the world in a conversation about what personalized professional learning should look like. What do you think? What do you want your professional learning to look like? Check out http://ossemooc.wordpress.com/ for more personalized professional learning opportunities.   Streamed live on Jan 21, 2014 The Google Doc […]