Ed-tech trends of 2017
By Stephanie Zakhem
What can we expect in the new year in regards to tech trends? As educators, we live in a fast-paced world, one where we have limited time. CPCO has put together a list of resources that are sure to help you navigate through this year with ease.
- Makerspaces: Makerspaces started to emerge in 2016. They are a place in which people with shared interests can gather to work on projects, while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.
- Blended learning: This is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. In other words, it applies the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.
- Sketchnotes: These are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines.
Photo credit: thelearningpartnership.ca
CPCO congratulates winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award 2017
By Stephanie Zakhem
The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program is celebrating its 13th anniversary and recognizing 40 exceptional leaders this year. Award nominations for the program were submitted by colleagues, parents, school staff and community members to celebrate these Principals’ leadership, innovation and ability to find solutions and opportunities within their school communities.
All winners will be honoured for their accomplishments at the annual gala on Feb. 28, 2017. The winners will also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools: the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce them to leadership and management practices, presented by business, government and education leaders, as well as Rotman faculty. Principals will also participate in a professional learning day hosted by CIBC, where they will have an opportunity to learn about today’s workforce from leaders in business, health and education.
We are thrilled to see four of CPCO’s valued Associates win the award this year! We got in touch with them and asked what does winning the award mean to them personally. Here is what they told us.
Student Independence – Planning with the End in Mind
By Brendan Byrne Browne, PhD
As educational leaders tasked with preparing our students for their best possible future, we are charged with considering what is possible, challenging the status quo and redefining what student success means. Education is a moral practice because it involves intentionally influencing the lives of people (Starratt, 2004).
As we wrestle with big decisions about student support and doing more with less, it is imperative that we do so from ethically defensible positions, grounded in students’ best interests, focused on fostering the greatest degree of independence possible. Consider our obligations to promote, support and foster human dignity, we are faced with challenging existing norms around student support, success, independence and pathways.
A recent article in the Toronto Star entitled “Ontario Parents Worry About Special Education Support” (Gordon & Rushowdy, 2016) presented as an accepted norm that the academic and social success of students with special needs is directly connected to receiving one-to-one adult support by an educational assistant or paraprofessional. A parent of a 19-year-old student highlighted this by saying, “Is someone going to remind him to eat his lunch?”
Educational apps for students and educators
By Stephanie Zakhem
With the increasing number of smartphones and tablets in the classroom, we recently researched the best applications currently available on the market.
These range from creating lesson plans to assisting students with their math homework. You can find the top five apps for both students and educators listed below.
Developing Humanity – Fulfillment of a Vocation
By Joe Geiser
Protective Services Coordinator, CPCO
“Although I achieved my high school diploma from a Catholic school I have never felt truly fulfilled in the 15 years since then.” “Why don’t students in our Catholic elementary schools know the bible stories anymore?” “Can we say a prayer of thanks before we eat?”
These statements and questions were made by former students as we caught up with each other over a meal. As I reflect on them, I am struck by the significant role and tremendous opportunity that Catholic administrators have on a daily basis.
Our work as Catholic principals and vice-principals calls us to recognize the talents, the challenges and the potential in all of God’s creation. As such we are given the responsibility to develop the humanity, the ‘humanness’ of all within our communities – students, faculty, support staff, families and occasionally even our parish teams. St. Teresa’s words remind us that the vocation we have and the work that we do ‘ … is between you and God.’ And that we are called to ‘… Do good anyway.’
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
St. Teresa of Calcutta