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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Connect2017

As an attendee @CanConnectEd, Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference, in Niagara Falls Ontario, I was able to make to some great contacts, reflect on what I could share with my colleagues, and identify my own learning needs. Thank you for two great days and the highlights of my sessions were:

Shiza Shahid, @Shiza -  empowering women and girls through business, philanthropy and innovation, cofounder and global ambassador of Malala Fund

Kyle Kitchen @thekylekitchen  - ‏exporing various technologies, learn how Makerspaces and Genius Hour are changing the way we teach

Vickie Morgado @vickiemorgado1 - Transforming PD for Instructional Leadership –lead and offer more engaging and self-directed PD for teachers

Mistene Clapp @LDSBTech  - Robotics to Encourage Social Skill Development –in primary students

Lisa Anne Floyd @lisaannefloyd ‏ - Computational Thinking –investigate the connections between coding and digital making and Creative Coding and Making with the mirco:bits learning how to

Brian Aspinall @mraspinall ‏ - Beyond the Hour of Code – Computational Thinking For The 21st Century!



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Renegade Leadership -- Creating Innovative Schools For Digital-Age Students


Renegade Leadership by @GustafsonBrad  provides practical suggestions and personal examples on building relationships when moving forward with pedagogy and innovation. Brad provides guidance to school leaders and stresses the importance of 21st Century Learning and how it impacts the culture of our schools. The book and web site https://www.bradgustafson.com/  provide choice for our own professional learning as an instructional leader.

I first met Brad  at the @MACUL2015 conference in Detroit Michigan. He was on an expert panel with other instructional leaders sharing their varied experiences with movement of 21st Century Learning. As he I did then and as in the book, I have been able to take valued advice and employ to my own instructional leadership pathway. 


 Renegade Leadership

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#IMMOOCB3

4. Share some of your best ideas for building relationships and a culture of trust in your position?
Building relationships and creating learning culture of trust produces a more rewarding work environment. Whenever people feel like they can reach out to one another for help and support, individuals begin to operate as teams. Schools that encourage these qualities of collaboration also see growth in school culture, student outcomes, and job satisfaction. Success begins when we first create an environment where people know why they come to work, how their roles are defined, and what they can do to develop their strengths. Before school starts I make every effort to touch base with staff on a personal level. Showing that you care about what staff do after school hours makes them realize that there are other priorities in their lives. Quick chats can be as simple from going to the gym or what they watched on TV last night. Sometimes these subtle conversations lead to school and you learn about how they are doing in their classroom. You can determine if they are moving forward or if they are working through difficult issues. You must seek the input of others along the way and reflect on how are you frequently teaming, collaborating, and talking with others.