When you meet fellow educational leaders from around the world, you realise two things: there is an enormous amount of collective wisdom to be shared and our local challenges are in fact, global ones.
As part of our ongoing commitment to system-learning, we had the great pleasure of hosting two oustanding educational leaders from Canada last week.
Susan LaRosa (Director of Education York Catholic Schools Board) and Bill Hogarth (recently retired Director of Education for York Region District Schools Board) visited our schools, spoke with staff and reflected on how they have built high performing systems (which has been published internationally).
The key learnings they shared:
- Focus on the 3Rs: relationships, relationships, relationships
- The role of the superintendent is to build leadership capacity at every level
- Schools are responsible for all students and each student
- Every student must grow regardless of ability
- Differentiated learning is an opportunity for everyone to learn
- Structures drive behaviour
- You can’t be on the journey forever – you need to land somewhere
- Good leaders need to be good managers
Systems learn and grow by sharing their stories just as schools learn when they connect into networks of communities sharing good practice. York Catholic and York Region District School Boards are two great examples of how you put good theory into practice.