1. Vivian 慧雲

    It’s always a good exercise to write out our educational philosophy once in awhile. It changes over time, as we change. We might not realize how much until we sit down to write it out.

    It also helps us to hold onto things that were important to us in the past, but have been shuffled aside due to current pressures. As you say, “your beliefs don’t make you a better person but your behaviour does” but, it’s your beliefs that shape your behaviour to begin with. Also, what you say in your unguarded moments (also a behaviour) is a pointer of what is going on in your heart.

    Thanks for your inspiring and informative leadership. I’m proud to see Canada (and especially Alberta!) helping shape the educational landscape of the world 🙂

  2. Victoria Day

    Spot on. I totally believe in this quote: “To be successful, people must have a purpose within our organization. This included parents who are a great untapped resource within our own communities.” It truly speaks to partnership and team. It is not “I” it is “we”, not “mine”, but “our’s”. Nicely done! Vicki Day

  3. Eric Saibel

    Wonderful post. Transparent, inclusive leadership is the critical ingredient in fostering the “culture of sharing” you mention (my colleague @kfostertweet calls it the “community of practice”) and it’s important to reinforce (as you’ve done here) that #edleaders come from all facets of our organizations. Ideas have merit based on their content – not based on where they come from. Students need to experience this empowerment, as do teachers. Hierarchies must be deconstructed to create an open exchange of ideas, just as surely as the four walls of each classroom must “turn into glass” to participate in the global conversation. It is so exciting to be in a field where “leader,” “teacher,” and “student” are in fact co-workers.

    Here’s one way we are inviting the all-school community to join us in the realm of #socialmedia to create conversation beyond our campus boundaries and include parents in their children’s experience: http://www.tamdistrict.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=6198&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=11695&PageID=5345.

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