Posted by: kstridegoudie | April 24, 2012


Douglas Reeves, in “Learning Leader”, asks a thought-provoking question … What will I need to learn to be more valuable to the organization in the future? I believe this is an awesome challenge in a world that is constantly changing.  It is a challenge that speaks to commitment – commitment to change – commitment to vision – commitment to educating competent, critical thinkers. Foundational to leading change is fostering effective relationships, which has been our focus this year.

As we look to the future … and graduating … competent Albertans, I believe we have to examine how we fit into the competency wheel at the elementary and middle school levels.  For example, how can we challenge our students to be “ethical citizens” and “leaders”?  One way is our “Leader in Me Initiative”, which is based on Steven Covey’s – “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  This is providing our students and staff with a “common language” and a “common focus”.  It is challenging our students to be more accountable for their attitude and behaviour, make positive choices, and to look for opportunities to … lead others.

Regarding leadership capacity … we currently have two AISI Lead Teachers, two Cognitive Coaches, 0.1 FTE for Special Needs, Learning Leaders and the Lighthouse Team. As we look toward next year, we want to expand our SMART Learning Initiative to include other teacher leaders. For myself as one of the educational leaders at Muir Lake School, I believe it is imperative that we look at continuing to build leadership capacity within our building.  Linda Lambert, in ‘Leadership Capacity’ states, “Without broad-based leadership, the ability of a school to grow and become better for children is limited”. (p. 93)  Leadership opportunities are vital to moving us forward.

Being an educator in the 21 Century is exciting!! The role of teachers and administrators has changed.  We are architects, designers and facilitators of learning environments.  Reeves states, “The role of the principal in building leadership capacity is more demanding and complex than the work of telling and directing. However, the principal now shares the spotlight with teachers, parents, students, and other community members – acting more as a choreographer than a prima ballerina.” (p. 97) … another interesting analogy …

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