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February 2014 How do you know when classroom practices are changing? How do you know when the impact of leadership reaches the classroom level? These are important questions that serve as the focus for the work of secondary administrative leaders … Continue reading
At our annual secondary leaders’ retreat, school superintendent Kevin Godden reminded the secondary leadership team that our role as engaged leaders is to push, to prod, to ask provocative questions and to cause learning through professional interaction with teachers who in turn provide high-quality, engaging learning … Continue reading
My previous blog post highlighted the reflections of a student at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Aviation 12 who gave a compelling reflection of her learning in Mr. Newton’s Physics class. I was struck by the final assessment given for … Continue reading
Ian Newton came late to teaching. After a career in engineering and aviation, Ian found a new calling in the classroom at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Abbotsford, BC. He teaches Physics, where he has turned his love of flight and his passion … Continue reading
I had the pleasure of visiting schools in Shandong province in China in early September as part of a launch of a new program with our partner school, Gaomi No 1 High School. Specifically, I visited with grade 10 Chinese students who … Continue reading
I recently attended ASCD Spring Conference in Philadelphia. My session was the two day Pre-Conference on Personalizing High School put on by Joe Di Martino author of Personalizing the high school experience for each student, ASCD, 2008. He has also … Continue reading
Last Tuesday, eight Abbotsford educators went to visit the STEM academies at Cleveland High School in Seattle. The school is the home to two academies: School of Life Sciences and School of Engineering and Design. We were looking for ideas to … Continue reading