Developing and Facilitating Leadership

Empowering Students in the Day-To-Day Operations of Our Schools – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The word “technology” was in my title for a large part of my career as a teacher, with the hopes that I would work with colleagues on finding meaningful ways to implement technology within the curriculum. Yet, simply having “technology” in my title meant to many others on my staff that I could and should fix anything that was technology related in the school. Literally. Anything that had electricity was fair game. I hated it. One day, I was asked…

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Where do you focus your attention for the growth of your organization? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Have you ever done a presentation and get overwhelmingly positive feedback but also get the one negative, snarky comment that you just can’t get out of your mind? We have all been there in some form, and although we know it can be irrational we still get stuck on it.  We can learn from negative comments but we can also get lost in them. You can pay attention to the negative feedback, but you don’t have to dwell on it.…

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Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. Wondering if you could give me insight?” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so.  If you want someone to be innovative in an area, they are more likely to bring and create powerful ideas in something they are passionate about…

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Say Less, Heard More – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I learned a lot from my time as a basketball referee. It taught me to think quickly under pressure and how to de-escalate disagreement on the fly.  Humility and confidence were necessary, and I learned those traits are more interconnected than we give them credit. I remember before one game, we were talking about the coaches and I distinctly remember my partner sharing something with me about one of the coaches.  He said, “The coach is really quiet, but if…

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Challenging Others – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One of the benefits I have of being in education is having an older brother that is heavily involved in the field as well. His feedback to me in the past has been some of the harshest that I have ever received from anyone with little or no filter.  Sometimes it hurts, but it always makes me think and grow.  But there is one thing I know while receiving the feedback; he has my back. The best mentors I have…

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Celebrating the Success and Differences of Others #LEAPEffect – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As I was re-reading, “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation” by Elisabeth Bostwick (published by Impress Books), this passage stuck out to me and was one that left me feeling uncomfortable as I know it happens far too often: Matthew and his building principal were close as colleagues, and they shared a similar philosophy of education. The more Matthew’s career blossomed, however, the more strained their relationship became. From Matthew’s perspective, it seemed that his principal resented his…

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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019 – The Principal of Change – Education Article

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going. – Chantal Sutherland Learn to say ‘no’ to…

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The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “Different Schools for a Different World,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. They are the following: 1.  Higher-level thinking: The shift from an overwhelming emphasis on lower-level-thinking tasks, such as factual recall and procedural regurgitation, to tasks of greater cognitive complexity, such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication and collaboration. In other words, this shift asks students to live more often on the upper levels of…

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Are you focusing on the race or the training? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have run a few marathons in my life in what seems like an eternity ago. They are as much a challenge to the mind as they are the body as any negative thought that you might have will creep into your head on a long run. After completing a marathon, someone said to me, “I can’t believe that you ran a marathon…That seems incredibly hard.” My response at the time was that the marathon was easy; the training was…

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