Today, I am presenting at the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association Annual Conference (an equivalent group to the BC Superintendents Association) on their theme of Leading and Energizing Learning.
My presentation includes passages from my Opening Day presentation last fall in West Vancouver, the TEDxUBC presentation in October and a talk on personalized learning I gave in November. It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight some of the current, innovative practices in our district. It is also about revisiting where we have been over the past 12 months, and an opportunity to begin specifically mapping where we need to go in the next 12. Hopefully, the presentation will pull together a range of themes I and others in our district have been talking about, writing about and working together on over the year.
While I know sharing the slides of a presentation never really does the presentation justice, here is the slidedeck:
Here are the key messages I want to convey:
- While we have a very strong system which produces excellent results, the status quo is not an option
- West Vancouver — with its strong history of private schools — creates a unique set of circumstances different from most other areas of the province
- We talk a lot about technology, but the first step is to develop learning plans and then we can determine how technology will support these plans
- We have made tremendous strides with supporting teachers, but a lot more needs to be done
- The biggest change for us over the next 12 months will be giving students greater ownership of their learning
- We (as leaders) need to model the way
And, as the title of this post states, it IS about the team and not the tools. We have an exceptional group of teachers and administrators leading the way in West Vancouver, with a supportive and progressive Board of Education, actively engaged parents, and students who are thirsty for relevant and engaging experiences.
It is truly an honour to tell our story.