Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

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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What do you hold on to?

My husband recently sent me this quote. He told me that one of the flight attendants on a recent flight referenced it and it really resonated with him. It also made me think of our journey as leaders, especially in the area of resilience. As a leader I often struggle when I make a mistake…

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How do you connect?

Over the holidays this commercial really resonated with me. It made me examine my habits and my connection to others. Do I have a sense of community within my neighbourhood and school? Do I take time to notice the beauty in others around me? Am I present in the moment or distracted with my thoughts,…

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My #Oneword

A year ago this week I identified my #oneword as Intentional. I pledged to be more intentional in my personal life and wellness. I have done a good job in this regard. I have scheduled pilates into my week at least 3 days a week and have been steadfast in keeping this commitment. I have…

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Looking back to move ahead………

Where to next? This year has been a mix of disappointment/heartache/joy and change. There have been many lessons learned through these experiences and I find myself in a place where I am asking myself what is my next move? Catherine Zeisner, a very close friend of mine recently completed her EdD and used the analogy…

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#Oneword

Right now is a period in my life of great change. Both of my children are no longer living at home and we are downsizing to a smaller house. We have recently begun the process of packing and purging. As my husband and I began this project we spent many hours reflecting, laughing and remembering…

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Fast and Slow…..

And they’re off…….. This summer I had the pleasure of traveling with 2 admin and 3 teacher colleagues to Denmark and Sweden to present to groups of Danish and Swedish educators. I will be devoting several of my next blogs to talk about the people, places, and systems we encountered on the trip as well…

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Head space or Physical Space?

Over the last couple of weeks I have spent some time acclimating myself to my new environment. Observing, researching, investigating and asking questions. For me this is all an important step in my entry plan. This process has started and is well on its way to helping me understand my new environment and the new…

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Change how soon is too soon?

I know my personality, sitting back and waiting while I can see that things are not right and need to be done is going to be hard for me. When is the right time to make a change in a new building? How do you honour what has been done before you? How do you…

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