Actions will always speak louder—if we let them!

Nov 23, 14 Actions will always speak louder—if we let them!

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Thanks to Julie Balen for the inspiration for this post and this invitation! This is a wonderful time for education-related conversation in Canada and, indeed, around the world. Whether it’s a traditional two day conference, a Saturday morning EdCamp or a Tuesday evening Twitter chat, there is a vibrancy and richness to our...

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When Collaboration Becomes An Echo Chamber

Oct 29, 14 When Collaboration Becomes An Echo Chamber

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In my last post in this space, I began to explore some recent work by Dr. Steven Katz related to the topic of effective Professional Learning and, in particular, some poignant thinking about what actually counts as learning. Allow me to return to Katz’s work, Intentional Interruption: Breaking Down Learning Barriers to...

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Effective Professional Learning: The Permanence Factor

Oct 13, 14 Effective Professional Learning: The Permanence Factor

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So, I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a little with the very challenge that I posed to the voicEd.ca community a couple of weeks ago. The task of recalling a moment of effective, if not outstanding, professional learning may, at first blush, seem like an easy task. After all, as educators and administrators, talk of...

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Effective Professional Learning—A New Topic For Discussion

For many of us, the turning of the calendar from September to October will come as a bit of surprise. Isn’t it amazing how that first month of the new school year always seems to move by so quickly. We’ve just got settled and, for some, unsettled and resettled in our school lives and we’re already talking about...

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Dear Chandra: “I recognize you!”

Sep 02, 14 Dear Chandra: “I recognize you!”

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Dear Chandra, I’m writing this letter on Labour Day evening. Our dinner guests have left, the dishes are washed and put away and my two boys are tucked into bed dreaming about their first day of school. These are the “in-between” hours—that brief breath of time that stands between the hazy, lazy days of summer...

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