Moving on …

After twelve years as a consultant, facilitator, project leader, director…., I am going back to school. At a time when it is common to hear of educators leaving the profession or moving out of school into other kinds of roles and careers, I’m heading upstream, back the other way. I’m excited to have been appointed to […]

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Keep the fear off the set

Do you remember the actor/director John Cusack? He of ‘High Fidelity’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’ fame?  I recently heard about ‘The John Cusack Rule’. When asked in an interview how he saw his role as film producer, he said his main job was, ”To keep the set free from fear.” This ‘rule’ was offered to […]

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Leading Quality Change with Michael Fullan | Knowledge Seminar series

This post is a summary of the key points from Michael Fullan’s recent Knowledge Seminar, hosted by the Ministry of Education. Fullan kicked off by referencing Professional Capital as Accountability (newly published) and other publications and work such as ‘Stratosphere’ – check out his home page for full works. He argued that: Accountability reform can be counter productive, and […]

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Change management is people

This post is a summary of resources that I am referring to as part of a virtual Emerging e-Leaders’ session today. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy Point 1: He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! It is the people. We talk a lot about ‘managing change’, ‘change management’, ‘change leadership’. It […]

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Managing BYOD at Albany Senior High | Notes from PoriruaNet

[This is cross-posted to/from the Enabling e-Learning: Leadership group] A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the PoriruaNet Cluster conference, to facilitate a couple of workshops on Enabling e-Learning and blended professional learning for schools. It was great to see four schools coming together to explore the way they were using technology for learning – […]

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My Principal tweets: A report on leaders and social networks

We know that when leaders get involved in professional learning – when they walk the talk – their staff and community are much more likely to follow and be inspired to join in. The report  – School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010 – highlights the importance of school principals getting hands-on […]

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