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, it’s vital to know what is already working,

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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. I truly came to love social studies during my high school years.

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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, in my visits across the district over the first three weeks I have felt that sense of excitement and optimism about the year ahead. 

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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. The title of my presentation was called Innovation That Sticks – Real Examples from Real Schools.

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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, smartphones were still something from The Jetsons and student involvement with computers was limited to a single room or a single course,

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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. Yes, we take great pride in our academic achievements,

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Lots to Celebrate with Student Achievement

Published on February 11, 2014

I consider it a great honour to tell the story of student learning in our district. At our January Board of Education meeting I shared my Superintendent’s Report on Student Achievement.

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It can be one of the most stressful decisions a family makes – where should their children should go to school?

Published on January 11, 2014

Now that the calendar reads 2014, families are seriously beginning to look at their options for next fall. This is particularly true for families with children entering Kindergarten and Grade 8,

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Achievement in the Global and Local Context

Published on December 11, 2013

You may have seen some of the media attention last week around the result of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 results. The assessments are given in 65 participating countries to over half-a-million fourteen and fifteen-year-old students.

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The Transformation of Education in BC

Published on November 11, 2013

You may have seen the front page of the Vancouver Sun last month announcing new Draft Curriculum the Ministry of Education has set out for Grades 4-9 in math,

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