Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

For love, learning or money?

Over the last several months my vice principal and I have interviewed many candidates for a variety of positions within our school. We have had many excellent and experienced candidates that we have really wanted for our positions. The international teachers’ market is very competitive and we have found ourselves in quite a dance. We…

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Broken

This week I was home in Ontario. While I was there I read several different articles about the violence in schools, many of them were commented on by friends and colleagues. ETFO the Ontario Teacher’s Union has recently published the survey results gathered from their members. They found…… No one is arguing with the fact…

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Tinder Meets Speed Dating: International Teacher Recruiting

This weekend I attended my first international teacher recruitment fair in Kingston, Ontario. Teachers’ Overseas Recruiting Fair or TORF was a wonderful experience. I was able to network with new colleagues and interview some very strong candidates. Upon arriving I was able to review the files of candidates who were arranged by couples, experienced candidates…

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Mitigating Factors

This week in my Facebook feed I found an article that many of my friends and former colleagues were commenting on. The article was titled “School Tragedy Could be a Ticking Time Bomb Right Here.” It was written as an opinion piece by J.D Booth on January 12, 2013. At first when I read it…

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Cabin Crew

Thank you @dougpete for pushing me to continue to reflect and deepen my thinking about my last post. In my last blog “Turbulence” I talked about the challenges in Ontario Education. During the @voicEdcanada broadcast there was discussion about the level of turbulence and how it impacts the journey. I feel that many school boards,…

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Turbulence

Beijing to Toronto is a 13 hour flight. That is a long time on a plane. I am not a nervous flier but whenever I fly I do find the turbulence a bit uneasy. I have only been on one or two flights where turbulence has been severe but I am so happy when those…

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#oneword

As I look back over the #oneword posts from 2016 and 2017 I am reminded of my pledge to inspire and also to live intentionally. I believe I have done that and will continue to do so in my role as a leader and in my personal life. Heading to China to embrace an opportunity…

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Laughter and Learning

This blog is dedicated to my rocks: Joey, Kate, Kelsey, Chelsey and the best work wife a girl can have Bri! I have been really honest in writing my blog, probably too honest for some but I really do not know how else to be. I am a what you see is what you get…

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You’re Hired…..

It’s hiring season in the international market and I am learning just how challenging it is and how fierce competition is for great teachers. I have done a great deal of hiring in the past: secretaries, Educational Assistants, teachers, occasional teachers, Vice Principals and I thought I had a good grasp on the process. Well,…

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Does professional learning lead to professional growth?

It is no secret to anyone that knows me that one of the key reasons I wanted to be a principal at an international school was for my own professional growth. I was hoping to renew my passion for school leadership and to learn in a new context. So far so good! Everyday is proving…

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