Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

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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Visitors Welcome……

This week I had my first visitors to China. My son Harrison and his friend Gio came for a week during American Thanksgiving. I could hardly wait for them to get here! Harrison and I are good travel companions. We get along well, both have a sense of curiosity and adventure and I know that…

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Feed Forward

Over the last few weeks I have been a part of about 30 formal teacher evaluations. Prior to all of these “official” observations I have been in all classrooms and provided written feedback, attended team planning meetings and participated in professional learning with my staff. These are all opportunities to make observations, gather evidence and…

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Culture, Curriculum and Community

A friend @Mlynch9395 asked me this week about what the differences were in schools between my current school and home. This is a complicated question and had me reflecting and gathering my thoughts over the last week. It is true that each school even within the same district has its own identity and culture but…

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Positively Oblivious

There is something completely freeing about not knowing the rules, language or social mores of a country. Don’t get me wrong it is also completely unnerving at the same time but I am choosing to find the bliss in it more than the fear. I find myself more present here than at home. Alone with…

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