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School success much more than a number

Published on May 11, 2015

Some readers may have seen a recent front page article in the North Shore News about the annual Fraser Institute Elementary Report Card School Rankings,

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There’s more than one strategy in challenging times

Published on April 11, 2015

In last month’s edition, I discussed some of the concerns around funding, following a recent Ministry of Education directive to School Boards to find $29 million in additional administrative savings.

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Challenging times for education funding: West Vancouver is prepared

Published on March 11, 2015

As we return from spring break, a lot of our energies are focussed on implementing plans for the final term, and planning ahead for next year.

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Working for the grade

Published on February 11, 2015

There is a debate in education around the relationship between grading and learning. Many of our teachers and schools have shifted the ways that they give students feedback – focussing more on constructive comments for improvement and less on grades.

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Being present this holiday season

Published on December 11, 2014

In this column, I have often talked about what’s new and different in education and within the district. While schools must change to reflect a changing world,

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November provides many teachable moments

Published on November 11, 2014

Looking back, some of my best experiences in education were implanted years ago. My mother taught high school social studies, so perhaps history was in my blood.

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Modernization in education goes beyond technology

Published on October 11, 2014

A new school year always brings a sense of renewal.  And while we are starting the year slightly later than we all would have liked,

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Innovation is a shift, not a program

Published on May 11, 2014

This past week I participated in the Network of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) Symposium: Stories of Change: Pictures of Possibility.

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When people ask about what has changed over the last decade in education, the conversation usually quickly moves to technology.

Published on April 11, 2014

No doubt, technology has had a major impact on what we do in our schools. Just a decade ago, wireless networks were in their infancy,

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West Vancouver Schools links past and present generations to the creative and performing arts

Published on March 11, 2014

A strong tradition of arts in our schools is a long-standing hallmark and part of the high achievement story in our district.

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