Inviting Family Voice: Crowdsourcing For Remembrance Day

I remember hearing Annie Kidder from People for Education talking about parent engagement a couple of years ago. She was cautioning the educators in the room to look beyond the obvious in terms of parent engagement.  We often think parent engagement means that the parents actually need to show up at the school for events. …

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Getting Started with PLCs – A Protocol for Group Collaboration

Our first staff meeting at Edward Johnson was partly about getting to know each other. We have many new staff members (including both administrators), several LTOs (Long Term Occasionals) and a growing FDK (Full Day Kindergarten) team of 14 educators. We are also about to get started choosing areas of interest and people to work…

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YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2014

It was such an honour this month to attend a celebration of many of the wonderful, courageous or accomplished women in Guelph who contribute to the development of youth and the community! It was an exciting night, so well organized by they YMCA/YWCA, and contributing to a fantastic program that I’d never heard about called…

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Digital Footprints

After completing my Principal’s courses this December, I’m now putting together a package that will serve me when an opening might come up in my school district.   I’m connected to a lot of teachers and administrators online, so being very public about how I learn and teach has never been an issue for me –…

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Getting At Work/Life Balance

I remember hearing this famous story about a management professor talking about goals, vision, and the effective management of time. The professor told the story while starting to fill a jar with several large rocks, asking if it were full (to which the audience replied ‘yes’)  and then continuing to fill the jar first with pebbles, then sand,…

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Can Administrators Be Instructional Leaders?

My interest in building exciting learning communities that benefit all children is what motivates me to be thinking about taking the plunge into school leadership, so I often reflect on the challenges and rewards of being an instructional leader in a school. For the past two years, I have been privileged to take part in…

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School Improvement Plans – Not too pretty and that’s a good thing!

I’ve spent the last week or so thinking deeply about something in which all schools in Ontario take part; the drafting of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). This is the direction that a school sets for itself, based on what we know about the needs of our students, the directions of our School Board, and…

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Envisioning Effective Professional Learning

I’m currently taking a school leadership course and we have been encouraged to dream big about Professional Learning in our roles as School Level Leaders from the Ontario Leadership Framework.   Professional learning is a passion of mine, and one of the main reasons that I’m considering moving into a more formal role as an…

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Revisiting a Philosophy of Education

Do you wonder how your philosophy of education might change over the years?  Is this something you think about much?  I hadn’t thought about it for a long while until recently in my Principal’s Qualification Course-Part 1 Here is my most recent go at it!   I stand on the shoulders of giants like John…

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