In our ongoing debate on report cards and letter grades this past week, one of the comments I have heard a few times is “how are students going to be prepared for the real world?” I have to admit, this concept of the “real” world being something external to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
At a recent workshop, George Couros (@gcouros) challenged participants to blog in response to the following questions:
why did you become an educator; and
what legacy do you wish to leave?
I have thought for a while about what to say in response as his questions and George inspired me to go […]
The ping of a new email catches my attention as I sit in a meeting with a colleague. The two of us are in his office and we’re talking about an issue that needs resolution. As we talk, behind and over his right shoulder, I can see on his […]
I worked in a school that had a rule: No Hats. It was just “the way things are done around here”. In my time in the school, no issue was more hotly debated and more emotional than the discussion about whether or not students should be permitted to wear hats […]
Big schools, small schools, big districts, small districts, urban settings and rural settings – what are the challenges of scale and what leadership skills does it take to be successful in any setting?
People often discuss the challenges and complexity of leadership no matter how big or small the context. […]