Reflections During School Closures: Will We Ever Be The Same?

It was the day before March Break 2020 when travel restrictions were put in place in Ontario. Teachers, parents and families were scrambling to cancel vacation plans. The much-anticipated dreams of warmer climates were suddenly and unexpectedly out the window. The global pandemic had struck in a way that could not be ignored. We had... Continue Reading →

Strategies to Help Students with Mental Health Issues

I believe one of the most challenging issues that school administrators deal with on a daily basis is mental health. We have to think about how to handle very challenging situations with our most vulnerable students, parents, staff and even ourselves. The reason it is so challenging is because there is never a simple answer,... Continue Reading →

A New School’s Adventure

It has been an extraordinary adventure to open a new secondary school. The staff at Bill Hogarth Secondary School co-determined that our learning focus would be to foster global competencies, fondly referred to as our “6Cs”:  character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. The work of Michael Fullan informed the initial brainstorming sessions. A... Continue Reading →

Universal Design for Learning

Is your school feeling particularly chaotic this year? Do you find yourself in firefighting mode too often and spending less time than you would like on instructional leadership? You are not alone, and the solution may be simpler than you think. I often say, “how special education goes in a school, goes the rest of... Continue Reading →

Taking the Numb Out of Numbers

Improving math instruction in our schools is a little like losing weight: we may know what to do in theory, but in practice it becomes a little more challenging. The call to return to basics comes around frequently; but what are the basics? Is it really as simple as teaching students their multiplication tables again?... Continue Reading →

A New School Year

Every August and September we are all very busy beginning a new year. As school leaders, we are all managing staffing issues, reorganization, curriculum nights and the list goes on. Even with all of this busy-work, we all have the desire to ensure that each and every child who enters our school has a wonderful... Continue Reading →

InSTEM

Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (InSTEM) is an Indigenous engineering design and social change project founded by a partnership between Actua (Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization), the University of Ottawa’s Engineering Maker Mobile team and a group of administrators and educators from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). The OCDSB’s Gloucester High School (GHS)... Continue Reading →

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