Category Archives: Administration

Deeper Learning day #2; your System map


I really enjoyed our “Deep Dive” on day #2, the extended activity where we explored the idea of school as a system, and worked from this axiom: Our systems are running perfectly! They’re doing exactly what we’d designed them to … Continue reading

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Deeper Learning 2015 at High Tech High; Day 1


Our first day at High Tech High in San Diego did not disappoint. There were so many gems throughout the day, by the time we got to the screening of “Most Likely to Succeed” in the evening our brains were … Continue reading

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Collaboration or mining the blogosphere?


Ah spring break. The chance to catch up on professional reading, writing in my blog, re-connecting on Twitter and the like. For me things have changed a fair bit in the last year, including my move to Salmo Elementary-Secondary School … Continue reading

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Play to your Strengths


As we near the end of the school year and begin organizing for next, we are having conversations about teaching assignments and preferences.  For me as a leader, there’s a fine balance at play when I think about configuring my … Continue reading

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The Sacred Task


How do you respond when others become angry with you?  As a leader, your ability to receive anger with grace is a foundation for building trust and stronger relationships.  And let’s face it, leadership sometimes involves pushing people outside their … Continue reading

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5 tips for building trust as a supervisor


One of the very robust conversations we’ve been having in our district has to do with the principal’s role as a supervisor of instruction, and the part this plays in framing relationships in our building. In British Columbia, we are … Continue reading

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4 Lessons of a Sophomore principal


This week, I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts with our newest principal hires, now that I’m a “wily veteran” (having started my third year as a principal).  Our Director of Student Learning has asked a few of us … Continue reading

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