Visible Leadership

Friday was a good day.  I got to connect with my PLPeeps and I got to learn. Spending time with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lisa Neale is good time spent.411485153_35d2543d02_o

I have returned to a school after being centrally assigned for four years.  It’s good to be in a school, it’s good to work with students, it’s good to connect with staff and admin but sometimes you just have to feed your soul. Sometimes you just need to connect with like minded folks and remember why you became an educator. Sometimes you need to connect and learn with folk that “get it”.

Friday was one of those days. I was reminded of why I became an educator, I was reinforced in my beliefs as to what I should do as an educator and I was able to connect with folks that “get it”.

In today’s political parlance, I am an oldster. I am someone who is not in the know. But I know better, I am connected, I am a learner and I believe in public education. Take all of our political nonsense away and we have educators who understand what must be done and how we have to do it to ensure that students are connected to learning that is relevant and meaningful for this century.

How cool was it that two wonderful women, grandmothers for that matter, were leading this group through the learning experience that demonstrated how important public education and how important education for the now generation is. I came away feeling rejuvinated, and happy to know that Canadian educators in Ontario just might “get it” and just might be ready to effect the change we need to see now.

Thanks Sheryl and Lisa, I needed this 🙂  PS I found a picture of @snbeach that is awesome 🙂

I’m on the Ballot!

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Wow, it feels kind of surreal but I am nominated for the role of Vice-President of the Ontario School Library Association. I’m really hoping to win this election since at this point in my career I know I have a lot to offer.

I’ve been a school librarian now for close to 14 years! Now four of those years I was a librarian sans library.  What that means is librarian in my heart whilst working centrally as the Consultant for School Libraries in YRDSB and three years as Program Leader with the ABEL  and Learning Connections online learning communities. I’ve served on the OSLA council as counsellor for a three year term and I have been the Teacher Leader for face to face and online Additional Qualification courses for Librarianship I, II & III for about 10 years.

I have been an advocate for school libraries as long as I have been an educator and as Head of Library at Keswick High School I continue to do so. Never have school libraries ever been so important to school learning communities.  As we move toward our vision of the Learning Commons, it is vitally important to support our teachers and students in negotiating the vast array of digital media and resources they access daily. It is important to ensure that we model for our younger colleagues what effective teaching and learning looks like in the Learning Commons and how we can work collaboratively as we co-plan, co-teach, co-reflect upon this experience together. Additionally, it is important that we ensure all school districts have access to information through  Virtual Libraries that support student learning needs at home and at school.

I am passionate about school libraries and effective school programs. In this day and age TL’s need to be connected learners and leaders. I am a connected Leader and Learner and I am ready to work with our membership, Together for Learning.

Connected Learning Book Study

After two sessions with our ABEL book study group I have to say what a pleasure it is to work with so many committed and engaged professionals.  It is not easy to engage in learning in our current political climate, it’s an honour to learn with such a dedicated group.

Add to the challenge, the fact that we are learning in an online environment so we are grappling with all of the issues that folks deal with in face to face learning at a distance. That being said, you would not have known this last Thursday evening through our active discussion and the fact that we were running overtime because there was so much going on!

Things I continue to  learn: ongoing need for balance in connected learning, importance of our digital footprint (as always), relationships are vital and key to learning, technology is not about the tool, time is a four letter word.

Things I continue to question: How do I introduce dissonance to a group of like minded learners? How do we continue building and growing our group and tune it as suggested by Howard Rheingold? What will continue to  draw people into an online group of learners with established learning and knowledge building relationships?

Hopefully, the group will help to answer my questions as will my PLN.