January 2015 archive

Jan 30

From the Desk of the Superintendent- February 2015

It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly the school year passes by, and given the recent weather, it is hard not to believe we are in early spring. However, no illusions here…old man winter will still come back and bite us! I hate to say that January was a busy month because all …

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Jan 28

Tracking Progress With Data

The following blog post was published in the Lethbridge Herald on January 28, 2015. Next week, senior administration will be travelling to each of our fourteen (14) schools to review their continuous improvement plans. These one-hour meetings occur on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks. Continuous improvement plans set the direction at each school. They …

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Jan 11

Play is serious learning!

During the month of January, our division hosts elementary grade level meetings. As a superintendent, I always try to attend parts of these meetings. It  allows me to interact with our front-line staff and provides me with a great learning opportunity. Although I typically have something to contribute, I always come away from these meetings …

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Jan 04

Failing is okay!

I’ve spoken about failure before and how we are instilling an almost risk aversive society of students because failing or anything that resembles adversity is being squashed because of self-esteem! Nothing could be farther from the truth! Let’s be frank, “Failure as a permanent condition is unacceptable but failure as part of the learning cycle and developmental …

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