Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

New Beginnings…….

Starting in a new school is exciting, exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. So many questions! So many things to consider…….What are the non-negotiables mine and the community I am serving. What are the personalities and strengthens of my staff? What are the needs of the community? Who are my students? What is…

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Finding Joy

Recently I received the results of my Connective Intelligence survey through OPC. Two of the items that were the lowest in my survey were Self-regard and Happiness. This struck me because in the past when I completed my EQ360 Happiness was low at that time. This made me reflect. What is happening in my life…

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What makes great PD?

This week I had the pleasure of actively participating in two very different types of PD sessions. As part of building our mentorship program for TVDSB new administrators we came together as a planning team to examine our Connective Intelligence through a program offered by OPC. This experience allowed us to first know ourselves as…

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Lessons learned from the Terry Trafford Tragedy: Supporting children with Mental Health Challenges

First of all, I need to provide a disclaimer. I am a mom first, an educator and a hockey wife. Hockey is a part of our everyday life so the story of Terry Trafford has been a hot topic at our house of late. How could a kid with such promise have such a tragic…

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Lessons Learned from our District School Review

This January our school went through the District School Review process. This can be anxiety provoking and intimidating for staff but it can also be validating and reassuring that they are on the right track. Our District School Review School Team worked hard to get ready for the visit. Our first half day session was…

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Power of Team in School Improvement

I have been at my school now for just over a year. My first year was bumpy. We had labour unrest, challenges with staff and I was off for over 4 months with a hip replacement. Not the best for year one in a new school. When I returned in March I began the process…

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Working from the bottom up….

This year our board decided to take a different approach to school improvement and professional development. We have moved away from a top down approach were PD was delivered centrally at the board office to a bottom up approach which is rooted in student need. A small group of my colleagues and myself were excited…

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I have been Tapped……

I’ve been tapped to complete the blogger challenge! I decided this year with more time and freedom that I would try to blog more regularly. @DavidFifeVP tapped me and I am taking on the challenge. If you are not familiar with the blogger challenge there are 5 steps. Acknowledge the nominating blogger Share 11 random…

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Reflections…lessons from the lows of 2013

Reflecting on the lows is a bit harder, more emotional but necessary to move on and grow. To be honest I would not say I have had a lot of adversity in my life but this year has been more difficult for me than most. 1. My hip replacement recovery: Although being pain free is…

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The Ups of 2013…….

This has certainly been a year of ups and downs for me! It has been by far one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life. The Ups of 2013…… 1. New hip: despite the challenges in getting there I am pain free and moving better than ever. This experience strengthened my marriage,…

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