Sharing our stories

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. 

L-R Susan LaRosa, Greg Whitby and Bill Hogarth


One thought on “Sharing our stories

  1. Greg we had the pleasure of hosting Susan LaRosa at St Agnes last week and it was a wonderful opportunity to discuss our journey and where we are headed.What struck me was her interest in what and how our students were learning in a variety of settings from agile learning spaces to outdoor activities.
    She spoke often of the interaction between students, staff and parents which emphasises your point on relationships.Learning takes place everywhere however if their is no relationship evident then this process is extremely difficult.
    I often think about significant teachers who I have worked with and the one feature that comes across is their relationship with their students and their teaching colleagues

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