I have had the privilege of working with C21-Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation. Twenty one Superintendents were invited to join the CEO Academy to look at the future of education in Canada. Recently “Shifting Minds 3.0 – Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada“, was released, authored by Penny Milton (former head of the Canadian Education Association of Canada). All members of the CEO Academy contributed to the position paper that “…offers a vehicle for learning systems to reflect and inspire innovation that supports competency and resiliency in a global economy”.
Recently one of my colleagues from the CEO Academy, Chris Kennedy, blogged “Keeping a National View“. Whether it be Chris or other members of the CEO Academy, it became clear to me, we have similar cultures being developed that allow each division to move forward in shifting our learning in Canada. In Parkland School Division, we have created an innovative culture where we see the necessity of learning together. Creating a team that is diversified and also focused on putting our children first in an ever changing world, have been keys to our growth. Our vision of exploration, creativity, imagination, exciting learning and aspiring to reach ones dreams has brought us together as a division. Speaking to one vision has been integral in growing our culture. Our vision/purpose united a team of dedicated educators creating a culture which accelerated amazing learning opportunities for all learners of PSD70.
In Parkland School Division, we are focused on two priorities – engagement (students, staff, parents and community) and stewardship of resources. Our goals of inclusion, quality learning, culture of wellness, and universal leadership, continue to be embedded in all we do. To be successful, our work must be embedded in our culture. It has become part of our daily work as we prepare, engage, and inspire our students to be their best in a quickly changing global community.
Our school division values and beliefs, speak about learning for all; collaboration; engagement; open honest communication; trust; respect; leadership; excellence; innovation; risk taking; citizenship; safe and caring; and resiliency. All wonderful words yet they mean nothing without implementation. Here in PSD, no matter the position, we strive to bring these values/beliefs, as well as the mission, to life. Trustees and our senior executive team must model the culture we are striving for, but also we are open to learning from all stakeholders in our community. From there the culture grows.
Parkland School Division students/staff and community are helping to grow a culture that is guided by what is in the best interest of our students. Here in PSD a culture of learning together is well underway. I look forward to leading the continued growth of this culture.