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

What is your status in the organization?

Do you sit in a cubicle at work? Do you have an office? If you are a teacher do you have a “homeroom” or a desk or are you forced to live life on a cart towing your materials from one class to the next? Does your boss say […]

The Arts and Mentorship

As Tara shuffles into the room, I greet her. Her eyes are fixed on the floor, the corners of her mouth are down and it’s clear that she is not in a good place. I ask her to sit, offer water and in anticipation of the meeting, I’ve made […]

Groupthink and the cautions of quick consensus

I find myself at another meeting. One of the many I attend in any given week. The topic on the table is a series of questions asking our collective advice. It’s a strategy and structure that I encounter on a weekly basis in any number of meetings. I’ve seen […]

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    On the Shoulders of Giants – Celebrating our Past, Building our Future

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On the Shoulders of Giants – Celebrating our Past, Building our Future

On the 5th of February, 1676, Sir Isaac Newton penned a letter to Robert Hooke. In the letter, Newton wrote “if I have seen further, it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants.” The wonderful quote did not originate with Newton but the meaning to me is so […]

Innovation vs Transformation – Practice vs Culture?

Lately, it seems that the term innovation is all around us. If we are to be competitive, then we need to be innovative. The more I hear terms, the more I want to dig a bit deeper to say…tell me a bit more. What do we mean by innovation?  […]

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    Can the Quality of the System Exceed the Quality of Its Teachers?

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Can the Quality of the System Exceed the Quality of Its Teachers?

I have great respect for all who devote their lives and experiences to the quality of our education system. Whether we agree or not with perspectives, each viewpoint deserves respect especially if they are considered carefully and with all the best intentions. Just because I agree or disagree with […]

Technology – can we get past talking about the tool?

A defining moment which helped me really understand my beliefs about the role that computing technology can play in learning began with a short walk to the store. The morning was young and my daughter and I passed a neighbour’s house with a large hand painted sign out front […]

Transformation? Maybe it is just down the hall.

One of the big things I try to do in my work is to push people to be clear about what they mean. “Mushy thinking” as someone once called it drives me a bit crazy. Now I’m certain that I am as “mushy” as the next person from time […]

Schools Matter and Teachers Care

Every year Surrey Schools hosts a Digital Learner Series. As part of that series this year, we held “Ignite” sessions which include powerpoint presentations of 20 slides of 15 seconds each. It is great fun and really causes people to be succinct. Ignite sessions normally run with multiple speakers […]

Preparing Students for the “Real” World

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 […]


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