Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

Leap of Faith

Back in January I wrote “I am at a point in my career where I have been a school leader for 11 years. I have worked internationally through OPC’s International School Leadership and I am ready for a change, but what change is it? What skills, experiences and new learning do I need to grow…

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No Regrets…..

Thank you to David Carruthers who shared the above video on Twitter. I have watched it several times now and it is really resonating with me at this time of year. “Where are we now?” The video talks a lot about things left unsaid, paths left unexplored and risks not taken. How does this apply…

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Out in the World

Friday night I usually rest and reflect on the week. I try and take some time to analyze the week and the leadership wins and losses. I celebrate the wins and learn from the losses. I often take some time to catch up on TV or movies that I have missed. I found myself watching…

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What type of leader are you?

This weekend a colleague and I started the OPC Educational Law course at the Upper Grand District School Board. During our time in Guelph we had the opportunity to hear Dr. Martha Rogers the Director of Education speak. Dr. Rogers has been the Director of Education in Upper Grand for 22 years. That in itself…

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What would you stand up for?

Last night my husband and I watched Hacksaw Ridge. I honestly had no idea what the movie was about. I assumed it was just another war story that was good enough to earn Oscar recognition. It was so much more than that. The story is about Desmond Doss who was a conscientious objector but enlisted…

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When it all comes together

Back in September we set out a plan or vision for school improvement. We communicated this vision and plan with our staff and documented and identified implementation strategies on our School Improvement Plan. Despite the daily challenges in our building with behaviour, discipline and the interruptions of daily school life we worked diligently to keep…

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Legacies

Today we said good bye to my grandma Mabel LeCourtois who passed away at 104. It was not a sad occasion but a time to honour the accomplishments and legacy she has left for us. She has taught me many important lessons: 1. No matter how far or how often you see them your family…

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Why great teachers make good coaches….

As many of you know hockey is a huge part of life here at the Luce household. There are many parallels drawn and lessons taught through a daily comparison between hockey and education. We may even have the odd heated debate. My experience as both an educator, hockey mom and hockey wife is that the…

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Discourse

When I reflect back on my week and try to summarize how I could capture it in one word, I would choose discourse. I had several opportunities this week for some deep learning with my colleagues. Part of this learning involved some rich discussions in which we felt comfortable publicly pushing each others’ thinking, wrestling…

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What Fills Your Bucket?

Over the last year and a half I have discovered…… I LOVE working with others to plan and deliver quality professional learning for administrators and staff. I LOVE working with my staff and knowledgeable others to set direction, develop and implement a comprehensive improvement plan for our school. I LOVE working internationally with teachers and…

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