Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

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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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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