The title comes from a mantra we often hear with produce and other food products. Wikipedia describes it:
Local purchasing is a preference to buy locally produced goods and services over those produced more distantly. It is very often abbreviated as a positive goal ‘buy local’ to parallel the phrase think globally, act locally, common in green politics.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately in the context of our work in the digital world. I wrote recently (here) that while I continue to be influenced by many thinkers outside of British Columbia and Canada, more and more I am connecting with local voices.
While I love the learning that is free of borders, I feel it is very important to support B.C. educators who are beginning to put themselves out there in digital space. There seems to have been an edu-blogging boom this fall in British Columbia. I have created a rule for myself that I will try to comment on at least five blog posts for every post I write, and comment more on B.C. educators’ writing.
I am not quite sure why we have a huge increase in local educators writing on the web, but it is great for education in B.C. We are using social media to connect around ideas, at a point in time, when there is so much discussion about learning and schooling and how a high-performing system like ours should move forward.
I listed four local bloggers in a previous post — but I want to list all the local bloggers who are adding to the conversations. I am sure I will miss some (particularly, in the teachers’ category), so please add comments to point me toward others, and I will update the post.
The parameters of my list — blogs by active educators in the K-12 sector in British Columbia who have posted in the last 30 days. I know many teachers have class blogs, but this list is not intended for blogs used with a class of students, or as a news site, but rather to share ideas with other educators and the larger community.
Scott Benwell, Assistant Superintendent, Fraser-Cascade
Larry Espe, Superintendent, Peace River North
Rick Fabbro, Assistant Superintendent, Surrey
Tom Grant, Superintendent, Coquitlam
Chris Kennedy, Deputy Superintendent, West Vancouver
Brian Kuhn, Director of IT, Coquitlam
Doug Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent, Delta
Jan Unwin, Superintendent, Maple-Ridge / Pitt Meadows
Principals and Vice-Principals
Terry Ainge, Principal, Delta Secondary, Delta
Aaron Akune, Vice-Principal, Delta Secondary, Delta
Cale Birk, Principal, South Kamloops Secondary, Kamloops
Gino Bondi, Principal, John Oliver Secondary, Vancouver
Joe Campbell, Vice-Principal, Seycove Secondary, North Vancouver (ADDED)
Remi Collins, Principal, Kilmer Elementary, Port Coquitlam
Dean Eichorn, Vice-Princpal, Burnsview Secondary, Delta (ADDED)
Grant Frend, Vice-Princpal, Garibaldi Secondary, Maple Ridge (ADDED)
Cindy Gauthier, Principal, Vancouver Learning Network, Vancouver
Mark Heidebrecht, Principal, Gibsons Elementary, Gibsons (ADDED)
Gary Kern, District Principal, West Vancouver
Chris Wejr – Principal, Kent Elementary, Agassiz
Paul Aiken, Coquitlam
Jaki Braidwood, Comox Valley
Jeremy Brown, Port Coquitlam
Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver (ADDED)
Errin Gregory, Lillooet
Starleigh Grass, Lytton (ADDED)
James Gill, Coquitlam
Bryan Jackson, Coquitlam
Phil Macoun, Nanaimo
Jacob Martens, Vancouver
James McConville, Coquitlam
Gordon Powell, Richmond
Al Smith, Kelowna (ADDED)
Zhi Su, Vancouver
Jen Whiffin, Coquitlam (ADDED)
I feel like I need to add another category for several blogs related to education in B.C. that are not written by currently active B.C. educators
Christina Campbell, Education Reporter, Vancouver Observer
Lesley Edwards, Retired Teacher-Librarian, North Vancouver
Heidi Hass Gable, DPAC President, Coquitlam
Janet Steffenhagen, Education Reporter, Vancouver Sun
David Truss, Princpal, Currently in China on leave from Coquitlam
Finally, a shameless plug. The Culture of Yes has been nominated for the Best New Edublog 2010. You can click here to vote. This site is also a great place to find other interesting blogs to follow. Thanks for all the ongoing conversations.