Positive Signs of Growth…

Our first voicEd.ca 2.0 discussion. It’s an invitation to reflect on a positive sign of growth from this past school year!

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Welcome to voicEd.ca 2.0

Jun 24, 14 Welcome to voicEd.ca 2.0

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Well, it has taken a couple of weeks longer than expected, but I’m thrilled to be able to welcome you to a newly designed interface for the voicEd.ca initiative! At this stage, it’s like inviting you to move into a new house, with the understanding that there are still some finishing touches that need to be added. Also,...

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Continuity, Change and the Value of Both

With so much talk of change in education, what about thinking about what is worth keeping?

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Reinvigorating the Voice

May 12, 14 Reinvigorating the Voice

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voicEd.ca—Welcome and Welcome Back As the final remnants of this long Canadian winter finally give way to the warmth of a Spring sun, there is a noticeable change in the movement of people in schools and other communities right across this country. Shoulders accustomed to heaving bags ice-melting salts,  are now laden with bags of...

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RIsky Business: Moving Towards Real Change in Education

Feb 09, 14 RIsky Business: Moving Towards Real Change in Education

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Ironcially, the true risk-takers in today’s world of education are those that, in fact, are going out of their way to be as unrisky as possible. Failing to sense the real urgency in the calls for substantial change in our systems, they are happy to tinker and toy, but aren’t willing to do much to alter the status quo.

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Educating Our Schools: How Miss Jean Brodie might just “lead us out” in our conversations about change

It is relatively easy to identify the things that stand in the way of change in education. It is more difficult to zero in on the reasons why these barriers seem to be so stubborn. The opening snippet of dialogue from Muriel Sparks in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” points to one way to deepen the conversation even more. For me, it represents that central core of the discussion around which everything else turns!

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States of Knowledge: Solid, Liquid or Gas?

May 12, 13 States of Knowledge: Solid, Liquid or Gas?

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I love it when a confluence of ideas gets me thinking in different ways. This past week, three separate “events” came together in the question that I’m about to propose. On Monday, I continued to ponder Wodek Szemberg’s question about the knowledge that students leaving our education systems need to have in...

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I’ve Got the Domain. Do You Have An Idea?

May 07, 13 I’ve Got the Domain. Do You Have An Idea?

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We interrupt the flow of conversation here to present an idea. Well, it’s not really an idea yet but, more accurately, the encouragement to come up with an idea. A couple of years ago, I was drawn into a few conversations about how our lust for the newest, the fastest and the cheapest could very well be compromising our...

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The Knowledge Our Students Need

Apr 28, 13 The Knowledge Our Students Need

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What are the big picture understandings about the world, their communities and themselves that young people will need to have in order to effectively participate in the future that we imagine? A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with TVOntario producer Wodek Szemberg about his current work on the special year long...

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The Teachers’ Journey: A New Podcast Series

Apr 19, 13 The Teachers’ Journey: A New Podcast Series

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.—Joseph Campbell, The Hero Has A...

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