Leading a Learning Community is, to me, the second most exciting part of my job (second to establishing relationships).
I felt I have met the criteria by doing the following:
- When staff attend PD sessions, I encourage them to first of all connect with other teachers in the school who might be interested in attending as well, and if that isn’t possible, they need to connect with others in the division. Teachers know that I value the ability to collaborate and network around the learning that we are doing.
- Staff meetings are centered around learning and collaboration. We take time to learn together about effective instruction and our Leader in Me Program. The learning might also be around PowerSchool, Reporting, Assessment, IPP development or any number of other pertinent topics.
- Our School Motto – Everyone a Learner – Everyone a Leader, embodies this standard. I have worked to make sure that all staff know it, and remind them that that is the framework around which we operate.
- I value providing opportunities for teachers to grow and develop.
School Leadership Cohort
School Leadership Team
Promoting Division and ATA Leadership Opportunities
- Encourage and promote opportunities for students in the area of sports, the arts and music. All students need opportunity to do well, esp. if they are not traditionally academic learners.
- I make a strong effort to make time for Staff Collaboration time. In the past that has meant allotting either admin time or some teacher time to covering classes so teachers can collaborate. Currently we are using a large portion of our AIS PD budget to recognize the value and knowledge we have on staff to collaborate and design our own Literacy/Guided Reading. Leading a Learning community starts first with valuing the learning that happens in that community.
- Continuously share information through the use of email. The information comes from Twitter, blogs, magazines, books and from other people.
- Encourage and participate in a book study on the Daily 5. This is part of our focus on Guided Reading/Literacy with AISI.
- Currently three teachers on staff are working on their Masters’ Degree. This is encouraged and I take time to discuss learning that is happening with their programs.
- As Part of our Leader in Me Program. We encourage leaders in the community to talk to our students about learning to be leaders. This has included visits from our Central Office Senior Administration to talk about Leadership and share stories with the students.
A journal of what I am learning
I am excited to be part of Leadership20
I am networking with a group of amazing and aspiring school administrators who are learning together what it takes to EXCEL at the leaderships skills necessary to be a great Principal/Leader.
One of the things that I firmly believe and was reiterated in our beginning session is the power and importance of the relationship. I value this very much in my role at Bon Accord Community School. Our school has been working hard to improve its ability to communicate and listen to stakeholders. We have used our Facebook Page, and our PowerSchool Parent Portal in addition to traditional methods like our newsletter to let parents and other community members know what we are doing.
Our Leader in Me program has as a major component the community connection aspect. Leader in Me is one of the programs that really defines us, but I do feel that there is a component missing where schools that are working together can readily and frequently connect with each other in a meaningful and exciting way.
Leadership20 – In the last decade teaching has moved outside of the classroom to allow for collaboration and synergy. I think the same thing is beginning to happen with administrators. We have so much to learn and the opportunity to learn from others is vital. One of the greatest things that can happen is if we also learn HOW TO LEARN from each other!!