Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

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Part 3: The Tipping Point

As we went through the week we wanted to follow the inquiry framework similar to what we do and use in our classrooms each day with students. As we moved through the week we also follow that gradual release of responsibility model in the same vain as balanced literacy. I do, we do and you…

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Part 2 of 4: East meets West

I knew how the Dream Team worked because I had once been an honorary member of the group when we took our TVDSB show on the road to Denmark and shared our work in literacy and leadership with educators there! I knew it would be INTENSE and the bar would be high. I also knew…

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Part 1: It all started with a Tweet……

This week we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming 3 visitors from my former school board. Anne Elliott, Jane Baird and Mary Lynch are the Literacy Dream Team. These women are so passionate and knowledgeable about literacy. Combined they are a literacy teaching powerhouse. How did this come to be? I have been in my…

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Leading to Win or Leading to Grow

Over the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking about the similarities between coaching and leading. There are many parallels between the role of school leader and the role of coach. During a conversation I had this week with a great friend and colleague we were discussing this concept and I…

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Lessons from Behind the Glass

As parent with children who have been involved in competitive sports from an early age and as an elementary school principal I have had the chance to observe numerous teachers with their students, coaches with their players and parents with their children. I see many parallels between teaching, coaching and parenting. Teachers are held to…

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Why having the mindset of an educator makes a GREAT coach?

I have 2 boys who have been playing one sport or another for the last 18 years. Over that time I would say between the 2 of them they have had at least 50 coaches from Timbits to college and in many sports from hockey, baseball, lacrosse, football and rowing. Many of them volunteers who…

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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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