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Intentional Leader: Trusted Talents Refine Your Focus

07 Dec

Monthly Theme: Focus

Week 2

Retaining a vision for growth is no easy feat. Any large corporation has stories of CEO’s who were steadfast in their growth vision by tapping into the insights and experiences of the people around them. Having people that you can count on, who know their roles, sharpen their skills and are able to continue the similar focus.

I am ever thankful and reminded daily by the actions of the people that I work with, (the Learning Services team members, IT department, Lead Team group, PSD70 teachers and outside organizations), that I am very lucky to be working in such an open environment. It is an environment where FOCUS is key to success. PSD is filled with people who are passionate about student success. With the amount of initiatives, ideas and innovations that are evolving in the educational atmosphere, I am glad to be working with such caring, compassionate and wise people. I learn something new everyday and I hope that my presence in meetings, workshops and in conversations allow others to learning something new too.

My role is to support administrators and teachers in better understanding the curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and integration of technology. At times I even get to work with students, which I enjoy a lot! There are several skills involved in my role:

  • Communication – listening, verbal, written
  • Research & Development – assessment, seek multiple perspectives, gather information, identify issues
  • Digital Literacy
  • Multi-tasking – flexibility, adaptability, managing, multiple priorities
  • Interpersonal abilities – relate to colleagues, inspire participation
  • Leadership/Management skills – motivate, mobilize and coach to meet standards
  • Multicultural awareness – diversity in the workplace
  • Planning/Organizing – me and others
  • Problem solving/Reasoning/Creativity – find solutions
  • Teamwork – connect with colleagues

Of the above skills, three stand out for me as being my top three – Communciation, Digital Literacy, Planning/Organizing. These skills allow me to move forward our PSD initiatives, specifically our Educational Technology Initiatives.

Initiative

Department

Timeline

How does this support learning?

Google Apps for Education

Division Principal

2012-2014

Through the opportunities to easily collaborate and promote teamwork within the school division.

Electronic Portfolios (EduBlog)

Division Principal

2012-2014

This will help to inform assessment, build an understanding of digital citizenship and identity, help to build digital literacy, while also helping students to benefit from personal learning networks.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and cloud apps

Division Principal

Curriculum ET Facilitator

2012-Ongoing

Providing students opportunities to learn using their own devices that they are already comfortable with. (Promotes Universal Design for Learning)

SMART Technologies

ERLC

Curriculum ET Facilitator

2012-Ongoing

Engage students through effective use of the technologies

Discovery Education

Division Principal

Curriculum ET Facilitator

2012-Ongoing

Students can research reliable information and then rework it to demonstrate their knowledge in creative ways.  This can be used in a differentiated approach.

Read & Write Gold & other Assistive Technologies

Learning Services

2012-ongoing

Removes barriers to learning

Digital Responsibility/ Citizenship

Division Principal

Curriculum ET Facilitator

2012-2013

This is a growing need and essential for students to understand and embrace as they are using digital resources at home and in school to communicate, socialize and learn.

Assistive Technologies

Curriculum ET Facilitator

2012-2013

Removes barriers to learning

Focus on creating an open culture

Division Principal

2012-2013

Promote Parkland School Division through publishing the positive learning experiences of students and staff through our Twitter account, hashtag, and professional learning through blogging.

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