Category: K12 Education

Reflecting on my Leadership Journey

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As I transition from a position I’ve held for almost a decade, it’s time to reflect on my leadership journey. This will inform my discernment of opportunities and help me continue to contribute to the common good through my education and leadership. I first detected my capacity to lead in high school when I was..

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9 ways to increase trust and intellectual hospitality

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We need to nurture a sense of the common good. Cherie Harder, policy advisor, and think tank leader asserts “vital to such renewal will be the reinvigoration of what might seem a modest practice: the extension of intellectual hospitality”(2021). She recommends nine ways forward to increase trust which leaders wisely adopt: Read widely, Understand that..

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Successful environmental pedagogy in faith-based schools has not been well explored even while most Christian schools in Canada are governed by provincial curricula and provincial teacher standards that require commitments to environmentalism. Conflicts within mainline Christianity in regards to the importance of environmental justice may be why some Christian schools do not engage in environmental..

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We are like Cranberries

This weekend I took a lovely late afternoon walk near the cranberry fields along the Nathan Creek Dike trail in Glen Valley, just outside of Fort Langley. Fall is cranberry harvest time and it reminded me of our work as Christian educators and leaders in various sectors.  All people dedicated to the common call to..

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What makes a good team?

What makes a good team player?  According to respected and very successful leadership expert, Patrick Lencioni, author of The Ideal Team Player, members who are humble, hungry (driven for results) and people smart. A person, to be a good team player needs to be able to: admit mistakes have a sense of urgency or passion..

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Ethical Leadership

What is ethics? The word derives from the Greek word ethos, meaning ‘custom’, ‘usage’ or ‘character’. Standard definitions of ethics have typically included such phrases as ‘the science of the ideal human character’ or ‘the science of moral principle, integrity, duty’. And moral, derived from the Latin mos, moris ‘manner’, ‘custom’, ‘habit’, ‘way of life’,..

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Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I would like to share with you a recently published article that Masters of Educational Leadership graduate student, Stacy Sowerby and I joyfully collaborated on.  You’ll find a link and abstract below.  Enjoy!   https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol15/iss1/5/ Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education Stacy Sowerby, Maple Ridge Christian SchoolFollow Adrienne..

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Indigenization Through Story

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n13o63cb7wnlkrt/Indigenization%20Through%20Story.mp4?dl=0 Click on the link above to listen and view a recent presentation I gave with friend and colleague Diane Jubinville, District Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education in the Delta school district. The conference was for educators from the Heritage Christian Online School –  RenewED Conference August 27, 2019 in Kelowna

Teaching Team Leadership: Knowing and Being

“Helping students know something is not at all the same thing as helping students be something” (Frye, Taylor & Stafford, 2017) When I read this statement recently it challenged me as a professor of graduate studies.  I aim to create self awareness that leads to personal and professional transformation through the discipline of leadership studies…

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A Call to Personal Research: Indigenizing Your Curriculum

It has come to my attention that this article which appeared in the Canadian Journal for Teacher Research:  “A call to personal research: Indigenizing your curriculum” (2017, v.5.28) is no longer online. So I’m reposting it here at the request of a university librarian from Queens who informed me it is used in their graduate courses…

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