Designing Learning: Innovation and Intention

Designing Learning: Innovation and Intention

What words come to mind when you think of a designer? Innovator, creator, visionary, maybe risk taker comes to mind. But what does it truly mean to  innovate? The dictionary describes innovation as the act of introducing something new; a new method, idea or device. We commonly think of innovators as the people that question … Continue reading

The Intangibles of School Culture

The Intangibles of School Culture

What makes your school a special place to learn? In the past few years, school administrators have become intentional with the ‘branding’ of their schools. Be it in public or private schools that I have been involved with, the intentional communication/creation of a school identity that distinguishes it from the rest has been a focal … Continue reading

Why Do I Lead? #SAVMP

Why Do I Lead? #SAVMP

Have you ever walked into an amazing space? That place where purpose, efficiency, warmth, and innovation somehow flows together to create something entirely greater than each element separately? A place where you could lose yourself for a few hours and immerse yourself with engagement; while having your senses be awakened with  possibilities? Be it a … Continue reading

Do Happier Organizations have an Edge on the Rest?

Do Happier Organizations have an Edge on the Rest?

Are happier organizations more productive and creative? Do we need to consider happiness in the work climate as a factor to achieve our organizational outcomes? Positive psychologists would say ‘yes’  happier organizations are more successful; and as leaders we need to know about the happiness advantage. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, defines happiness … Continue reading

Designing Learning Landscapes

Designing Learning Landscapes

The problem of keeping knowledge alive, of preventing it from becoming inert, is the central problem of all education. (Whitehead, 1967). Great expectations exist for educational systems to shift to meet the needs of today’s learner. Educational organizations, around the globe, are navigating  the necessity of educational reforms (or new forms). Recently, I read an … Continue reading

What is Mindful Leadership?

What is Mindful Leadership?

I have been thinking and reading a lot about mindfulness. Generally, how mindfulness is essential to effective leadership; specifically how mindfulness will be an area of my professional leadership development plan. Being a strong leader is about truly knowing yourself. With this reason in mind, a few years back my employer paid for a High … Continue reading

What I Didn’t Know About School Libraries….

What I Didn’t Know About School Libraries….

“I won’t be behind a desk all day, checking books, will I?” This was my response in accepting a professional fellowship as a teacher librarian in an international school. This statement underscores my original lack of understanding of the potential of school libraries. This opportunity has been a great gift. Having no formal library credentials … Continue reading

Inquiry Learning for the World

Inquiry Learning for the World

In a rapidly changing world, what are the pivotal issues, during the last ten years, that will continue to affect the global village without intentional action? With this overarching question, grade eight and grade nine students have spent time this year following current events, reading related literature, and discussing key issues impacting the global community. … Continue reading

School as an Extention of Life

School as an Extention of Life

Educational Reform. This concept is becoming ‘old thinking’. Many experts have deemed that ‘reforming’ the forms and structures that we have for education is flawed. What education needs is new forms; the implementation of new thinking and instructional design to prepare students for a world of continual change.  Tweaking the old is not going to … Continue reading