PSD 70’s Welcome Back Division Celebration was definitely one to remember! It was dubbed PSDtalks (modelled after TEDtalks which is an organization that holds global conferences under the slogan “ideals worth spreading”.)
The PSDtalks topic was based on our school division priorities:
- Engage Staff,
- Engage Students,
- Engage Community and
- Stewardship of Resources.
And the BIG idea theme throughout was:
What is your Dream?
The whole morning was filled with First Nations dancers, engaging and emotional video clips, fantastic speakers and an overwhelming message to ask ourselves that whatever we are pursuing with PSD students…… ‘is it right for them?’
SCGHS Teacher and Learning Coach @dave_oldham, gave an energetic overview on how PSD teachers engage communities to be a stronger learning team for our students and that everyone can make a meaningful conversation. Examples shared from – Live Free Group (MCHS), Children of Ecuador (PSD), Give a Shirt (Graminia), New Playground(Ecole Broxton Park). Dave also remarked that when you are passionate about something, it doesn’t seem like work. And he reminded us to find our own passion as well as encouraging students to find theirs.
GCMS Principal @carolynjcameron shared her wisdom on how to engage staff a la Mary Poppins supercalifragilistic notions! We need to see ourselves as learners. It has to be autonomous, work towards mastery, and have a purpose. Our own Learning Coaches are in schools to assist with teacher’s vision and professional growth – this is essential for our school division to move forward in this transformation time in education.
An unforgettable video regarding the passion and determination of the Long Brothers left me in need of many tissues and a great need to share their story with not only my own children but to our PSD students.
David a Grade 10 student spoke confidently that each dream he has is possible as long as he has the passion for it. And Taylor, a grade 4 student told us take our dreams seriously.
PSD Trustee Richard Gilchrist said that PSD is renowned in the educational world both provincially and internationally and that without taking risks, reflecting and engaging ourselves, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Superintendent @tmondsPSD70 Asked us to claim our greatness. To be resilient when we face challenges associated with our risk taking. He quoted Early Nightingale:
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyways”. Learning in PSD requires less emphasis on content, more on developing engaged learners. (We need to be ready to dream big, believe in others and help others’ dreams come true.)
Living Our Vision in PSD
So what’s your dream? Right now I am working on what my Dream is for 2013-14 (my professional growth plan) from some of my June brainstorming and reflection of the previous school year as well as a new document (a self-assessment tool for district office personnel) shared via @Diane_Lander. I’ll certainly blog about my Dream and PGP in the upcoming weeks!