Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

There is no place like home….

DISCLAIMER: I am good I am really really good but sometimes I just miss home! This last week was a great week. I am settling into routines, expanding my radius, discovering and uncovering things. I am more confident and comfortable with the uncomfortable. I spent time at the Canadian Embassy, an NHL game and rocked…

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Culture of Compliance or Culture of Learning

Learning: “We define learning as the transformative process of taking in information that—when internalized and mixed with what we have experienced—changes what we know and builds on what we do. It’s based on input, process, and reflection. It is what changes us.” –From The New Social Learning by Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner This is…

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Leadership Learning

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a workshop on Inquiry Leadership with the majority of our Admin Team. I honestly was not sure what to expect. I thought it would be a workshop on how to lead in an environment driven by inquiry. It wasn’t really about that at all. It was about…

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Finding your Tribe

This has been a week of highs and lows for me and I want to acknowledge that I know this is all part of the process and I am okay. (no need to worry mom lol) I am truly loving this new and exciting leadership experience. It is such a joy to welcome the smiling…

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Putting the “fun” back into leadership

Fundamentals: School goals set direction and create a alignment between teaching and learning. They reflect the information collected through data as well as the mission, vision and values of the school and also in our case the IB PYP program. These fundamental principles must guide the work we do each and every day as leaders,…

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Setting up Success…..

For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of planning, delivering and participating in orientation with my staff, students and families. We began with our staff who are new to CISB, some who are new to teaching and some who are new to International education. For these first three days new staff members…

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Highlights and New learning

This first week has flown by, so many new experiences and a great deal of new learning. New Learnings about China: Always look both ways before crossing the street or you WILL get hit by a bike, scooter or car. You can get anything delivered to your door any day/any time. There are multiple online…

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Training Wheels

It has been a LONG time since I felt this out of my element. It started the second I boarded the plane. I flew Hainan Airlines which is a Chinese speaking airline. They do translate into English and provide funny little videos with English subtitles to explain everything you need to know to fly with…

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This S#%$ is getting real

Summer is a time to rest, recharge and reflect. This summer for me is one in which I find myself trying to beat the clock. In less than a month I will take a 13 hour flight to Beijing where I will start a new adventure as the principal of the PYP program at the…

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Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable…..

The last week I spent transitioning to my new position as Elementary Principal at the Canadian International School of Beijing. What a privilege to have the opportunity to spend time building relationships, gathering information and immersing myself in daily life. I was so fortunate to have the time to spend with Grace the out going…

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