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LDCSB trip to China

The Fortunate Five

The Fortunate Five

LDCSB has the trip of a lifetime

by Linda Staudt

Linda Staudt, Director of Education at the London District Catholic School Board, recently returned from an unforgettable trip to China.

Below is a letter written by Linda, following her trip:

I, along with Principal Ana Fernandes, returned from an experience unparalleled to anything I’ve witnessed in my 31 years as an educator. Through We Are Young II, east met west.

We Are Young is in its second season and is produced for CCTV2, part of the CCTV Group, which is China’s largest broadcaster. The series promotes cross-cultural understanding, personal growth and experiencing life in a whole new way. Five Grade 11 students from Mother Teresa swapped countries, schools and lives with students from China for the popular reality TV series.

It was with great pride that I along with Ana, Aaron, Christina, Emmanuel, Diana and Natalia represented Canada, LDCSB and Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.
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The Innovator’s Mindset


The Innovator’s Mindset

by George Couros

Change almost never fails because it’s too early.
It almost always fails because it’s too late.

Seth Godin

“Innovation” is a word that is used often in education, but often without much thought of what it truly means for educators and learning. In my work with CPCO, we have focused on the idea of innovation being more about “mindset” than “skill set,” and with change being the only constant in our world, and happening at a pace more rapidly than ever before, leaders need to not only be comfortable with change, they have to embrace it. Through this process, leadership will also be essential in creating the conditions where meaningful change is embraced by those that we serve.

In this extract from my book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, I discuss why “growth” can no longer be optional in our schools.

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Mental health series, part 2

mental Health

The continuum of mental health

By Andrew Miki

Andrew MikiEarlier in the school year, CPCO and Starling Minds’ founder and CEO, Dr. Andrew Miki, launched an online mental health initiative supporting our Practising Associates. Starling is an online program available to all CPCO members. It presents an example of an administrator such as David to explain mental health concepts and how to increase resiliency to stress. To learn more about Starling Minds, please read our earlier blog post.

The Starling program was developed by Dr. Andrew Miki. Andrew is a registered psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with patients to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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Catholic education resources

catholic resources

Catholic education resources to bookmark

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

Due to demanding schedules, it’s challenging to find useful and reliable resources for Catholic educators’ needs.

When searching for new prayers, the latest updates from the Vatican, or general Catholic education news, to name a few, it’s helpful to find this information at the click of a button.

Here are 10 useful resources for Catholic educators:

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LinkedIn Tips


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Link up on LinkedIn

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

LinkedIn is one of the many tools that professionals from different sectors use to network.

As education leaders, it’s important to constantly expand our connections and LinkedIn is a useful tool for this purpose.

The following are 10 benefits of having a LinkedIn profile:

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