Fostering Effective Relationships

As a participant in the #Leadership20 online learning course, I am working on my digital portfolio – a big thank you to George Couros who is encouraging all of us to venture into this technological opportunity. Examining our own achievement of these standards is a great reflective opportunity. My format is based largely on what George has done in his portfolio.

There are seven standards that Alberta Principals are expected to achieve. Placing them in a digital format allows for evidence to be linked to the standard; and it’s the evidence that is key to the portfolio.

1. Fostering Effective Relationships

I believe that I have met that criteria by doing the following:

  • I believe in the importance of working and having fun with students to build great rapport and strong relationships.
  • I Work to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents.  Open communication is very important and I have worked to develop the Bon Accord Community School Website, Bon Accord Community School FaceBook Page along with editing and contributing to the Bon Accord School Newsletter and contributing to the Sturgeon Spotlight on behalf of our school.
  • I build strong relationships with our School Council and have helped them to communicate their school involvement through the use of the school website and school Facebook Page, along with doing informal presentations on Leader in Me as a way of informing them of Leadership opportunities in our school.
  • A request was given to the BACS Parent Council in request for funds to facilitate implementation of  Leader in Me for year two.  Instead of simply asking for an allocation of funds from parent council, we ensured our vision for the plan. We have made sure that parents are included in this process and are working to increase their involvement in the continued implementation.
  • BACS has hosted a Pasta Supper for the last 5 years for Parents, students and staff.  This was organized by staff as a way to connect with parents and students in the school.  This was a great opportunity to welcome our students back to school, while also getting to know families on a more personal level.
  • I work with students to become strong citizens in the community and take responsibility for their actions. I also believe that all members of the school community can be Leaders, and I, as well as my staff  have shared that through the newsletters, our agenda and most communication with parents.
  • I am open to feedback and improvement from all stakeholders to deliver the best opportunities for our students.  Parent, staff, and student input is highly valued. When our current three year plan was being developed, opportunity was given to discuss the future of the division and BACS as a community group.  Through development of our Three Year Plan, Community and Parent involvement was encouraged and accepted.
  • Promote work/life balance with myself and my staff.

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