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Over the last few months the PYP coordinators, Instructional Coaches and administration team have been in classrooms observing and providing feedback for growth for teachers. Our PYP coaches focus on all things PYP and teaching through inquiry. When they provide feedback for teachers they use a format that provides specific…

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AHA Moment….

Over the last several weeks my vice principal and I have been doing formal evaluations. A lot goes into these evaluations for both the teacher and the admin team. They are often a time of stress and anxiety for teachers. They see it as an evaluation of their performance during…

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Agentic Leadership

I recently listened to a podcast from Professional Learning International that examined the role of leadership in the Enhanced PYP. The podcast was an interview with Christopher Frost an IB PYP principal, workshop leader and site visitor. Chris shared his thoughts on agentic leadership. He stated that in the the…

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Coming Together

At CISB we are two schools housed in one building yet as leaders and as a staff we know very little about what happens on “the other side.” We have often made assumptions about the teaching and learning that happens without any background knowledge or experience. We pass each other…

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Over the last week I have been thinking a great deal about the perspectives or the lenses that we bring to our work as leaders. Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the IB Leadership series workshop What is Leadership? led by Darlene Fisher and Sean Watt. The…

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This week I struggled….. My Vice Principal was away at Responsive Classroom training in Thailand this week. I felt like a single parent to 735 students and 120 staff. Thank goodness for all the support of our extended leadership team who wrapped around me like loving aunts and uncles! We…

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Clearing Space

The past 6 weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. The first two weeks of summer at home I spent virtually alone as my colleagues, family and friends were still working or away for school or work. During that time I felt extremely productive. I scheduled tasks for the day and…

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