Welcome to my new blog and my effort to find new ways to connect with others who share my passion for teaching, learning and public education. I am just about to embark on a new position – Superintendent of Schools for the West Vancouver School District, so this seemed a good time to try something new.
I have spoken and written about the power of a variety of social tools over the last five years and particularly found that Twitter has changed the way I learn. Hopefully this blog will be similarly as powerful.
As for the title, I had the chance at our Opening Day last week in West Vancouver to speak to all staff about the notion of a “Culture of Yes”.
It is the “culture of yes”, we have and will continue to foster – one that embraces new ideas, and new ways to look at learning and organize learning, a “culture of yes” that supports innovation and creativity for both learners and teachers knowing this is how we will continue to evolve. A “culture of yes” that touches on the passions we entered the profession with that may have sometimes been lost along the way.
It is an exciting time in education. I feel like we are in the middle of a dramatic shift in what “school” looks like. We will look back on this time as a pivotal point of change. I look forward to sharing ideas, and connecting with those inside and outside our system as we work our way through it.