Educational Leadership - From Research To Practice | Blog By: Surrey Schools Superintendent/CEO, Jordan Tinney

Teachers are researchers – every single day

Another research proposal crosses my desk. It is a good question, interesting, well thought out but I am again reminded about the disconnect that exists between academic research and the practice that happens every day in our schools. Two systems that should work hand in glove but often we […]

What do letter grades actually mean?

I’m in the south east of the United States, the heart of Civil War country and, in fact, in the locations of some of the most famous battles in history. The woods surrounding the schools were undoubtedly places where soldiers fought and died. I leaned over the student’s shoulder […]

Give us your (teacher created) content…please?

I imagine that every year, provincially, we spend tens of millions of dollars on textbooks. Simultaneously, teachers around BC are creating their own tailor-made resources to suit their students’ needs. While there is a lot of sharing between teachers, in many cases, teachers in the same school let alone […]

Change is just a mouse click away…or is it?

This past week, a colleague and I prepared for a provincial webcast on the technology needs for the future we move down the road of supporting learning and teaching. As I prepared I tried to think of some simple takeaways that could help a large group (especially in a webinar) understand what we […]

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

Many times technology pushes the boundaries of our comfort levels. Where are the moral and ethical lines when it comes to current capabilities we possess? I came across a product that I wanted to highlight because I think it is a great example of a values based and ethical […]

What do we mean by student engagement?

Nothing like a good professional development day to leave one thinking “well that was interesting.”  That’s what happened to me yesterday at our BC Provincial Specialists Day where I attended a couple of events. Most specifically I attended a session by Surrey School Psychologists who hosted Steven Shaw from […]

We want transformation not augmentation

I am often reminded that language travels a lot faster than behavioral change. Recently, I have been thinking just what a process of transformation means for our education system in practical terms. Everyone seems to be talking about transformation, but have we really delved into just what “transformation” means […]

Social media resources for teachers and parents

Are you looking for consent forms, internet resouces, and information for parents about social media in the classroom? The purpose of this post is to share the collective work of many Surrey educators. Initiated by a need to have a consistent and clear set of documents to support teachers’ use […]

System Change – Important or Urgent?

Those responsible for leadership in our public education systems often respond to the tyranny of the urgent. Student safety, complaints about day to day issues, media spotlights, shifts in policy or the requests from a myriad of external agencies who view our schools as a convenient spot to address […]

The Passion and Caring of Today’s Youth

I had the privilege this week to emcee the Wayne Houston Memorial Speech Meet in Surrey. On stage with thirteen teenagers, I got to listen to their short and powerful speeches. So often we hear about teens but to rarely do we pause to hear from them. What I heard […]


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