You Matter

Yes, you matter. For the past few years, there has been a prominent movement toward making sure people (particularly kids) know that they matter. It is a wonderful, very important message that I feel like people can’t hear enough. You can read more about the You Matter Manifesto through Angela Maiers’ site. You can alsoContinue reading “You Matter”

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”

Resilience in Leadership

Throughout my life, as a child, a teenager, a young adult, and as a professional, I continue to rely greatly on my resiliency.  Resilience is such an important factor that allows me to continue to be a positive person and not overwhelmed by negativity or disappointing situations. For those of you who may be unsure,Continue reading “Resilience in Leadership”

Slightly Overwhelmed

  With September over the craziness is supposed to subside. Correct? Not so much around here. I am involved in an online project with George Couros (@gcouros) called School Administrator Virtual Mentorship Program (#SAVMP).  When we signed up for this program, we agreed that we would reflect and blog about these reflections. I have notContinue reading “Slightly Overwhelmed”

Spirals of Inquiry

Last year, many administrators participated in a couple days of learning entitled Leadership 360, spearheaded by our Deputy Superintendent, Jordan Tinney. It was an inspiring day that helped to focus the participants on what is really important, and, in fact, imperative in moving our students forward and improving student achievement: Assessment For Learning. As partContinue reading “Spirals of Inquiry”

It’s All About Sharing – SurreySchools.ca

We had one of our Digital Sandbox for Administrator sessions last week. You can see more information on the other sessions here, here, and here.  The most recent session was about our new district website and sharing platform.  Sharepoint allows us to share as a district in ways we have not been able to in theContinue reading “It’s All About Sharing – SurreySchools.ca”

Leadership Abilities Quiz

I was reading the headlines in a Scoop.it newspaper online today called, Leadership in Distance Education.  It is basically a newspaper that highlights recent blog posts written by people in leadership positions. Some of the headlines of the posts were quite interesting and included titles such as, “Leadership Theories” (OK, maybe that is not that interesting), “100Continue reading “Leadership Abilities Quiz”

I Am a Plunger

About 10 years ago, I had 3 websites that I developed and kept up to date: Educational Links for Teachers, Poetry Pages for Teachers, and a Classroom website.  All of these have been taken off the net, unfortunately.  Not sure why I took them down, but I did.  I’m not even sure how I would goContinue reading “I Am a Plunger”

I’ve Got a Secret

The district in which I work as a Vice-Principal is a large, complex and diverse district.  We have 124 schools (100 elementary, 19 secondary, and 5 student learning centres) with 69,145 students.  That number is expected to grow by at least 1000 students this fall (like it seems to each fall). The diversity makes this districtContinue reading “I’ve Got a Secret”