Things I Know For Sure

This past week, 120+ new administrators and 20+ facilitators gathered at UBC for connection, inspiration, and reflection. We all participated in the BCPVPA Short Course: Lenses of Leadership for new Administrators that has been happening at the beginning of July for the past 38 years (you can check out the hashtag #bcpvpa for some inspiration).Continue reading “Things I Know For Sure”

A New Role, a New District, and New Connections

It is Spring Break and after my first 2 1/2 months of being a principal, I have found time to do some important 3-R’s – rest, rejuvenate, and reflect. Heading into the final stretch of a school year, all these are imperative to continue on and end the year strong. On January 1st, I became aContinue reading “A New Role, a New District, and New Connections”

A Bit of Me

A Bit of a Goodbye After 20 years in my current district, it is time to say goodbye. It’s not really a goodbye though. Even though we will not be seeing one other at district meetings, we will continue to visit, exchange emails, vox each other, talk on Facebook, and inspire each other on Twitter.Continue reading “A Bit of Me”

Tyranny of the Urgent

To say things have been extremely busy at my work would be an understatement. A HUGE understatement. We have been pretty bombarded with crisis after crisis after crisis. However, have ALL these things been REALLY urgent? As urgent as they have been presented to us? That is the question. Sure, many of them have. Not allContinue reading “Tyranny of the Urgent”

Dreams Take Flight

A week ago, I had the amazing opportunity to be involved with Dreams Take Flight. This is a non-profit organization that takes a plane full of needy/special kids (and escorts) to Disneyland for the day. Yes, Disneyland for the day. 1 day – actually, 8 hours.  What a wonderful experience! I have thought about thisContinue reading “Dreams Take Flight”

Keep Calm and Share On!

“Together We Are Better” ~ John Paul Warren At home. With our administrative partnerships. With our teachers and Education Assistants in our schools. Among our relationships with district-wide colleagues. Within the community. With our world-wide #pln. Sharing matters.  We are most often better when we work together.  We have so much to learn from oneContinue reading “Keep Calm and Share On!”

Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Brooks Adams This evening after a long, emotionally challenging day, and a hard set of stairs at 1001 steps I needed to just sit back and do something a bit mindless.  You know those days, right? So… I headed on over to Facebook.Continue reading “Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?”

Importance of Story

As we start a new school year, I have been reflecting upon some of our students and how far they have come over the past 3 years. Many of our students who have shown the most substantial growth in the time I have known them, also seem to have the furthest to continue to grow.Continue reading “Importance of Story”

Too Positive?

    I have had some difficult times in my life. If you have followed this blog for the past three years, you probably saw a bit of a glimpse here and there into my childhood and some challenging times as an adult. These times required a great deal of resilience to get through and becomeContinue reading “Too Positive?”

Leadership Day 2014

Every year, on the anniversary of his blog, Scott McLeod from Dangerously Irrelevant, encourages educators to blog about effective digital leadership. As Scott states, “If leaders don’t get it, it’s not going to happen.” These Leadership Day posts have been written by leaders around the world every day for the past 8 years. You can viewContinue reading “Leadership Day 2014”