Superintendent Speaking Notes, June 6th


District Parent Advisory Council


  1. Thank You, PAC and DPAC parents! – we appreciate your dedication to school and district.  Thank you for your countless hours of donated time and expertise.  Any successes in education are not the result of one person’s work, but rather, the result of the collaborative efforts of a whole team.  You are pivotal members of this team.  Thank you for encouraging, expecting, reminding, consequencing, helping and steering.  Your caring actions are the gift that helps ensure social, emotional and academic success for each student.


  1. Superintendent Participation at DPAC? I thoroughly enjoy attending DPAC, providing monthly reports from Sr. Administration  and answering questions.  In order to make my 10 minutes more valuable to DPAC and PAC, I would be happy to address topics of greatest educational interest to this partner group – please forward me your topic suggestions – I will utilize the information received in my planning for 2011-2012.  Thank you!

  1. Strategic Direction 2011-12 Four broad categories:
    1. Learning: – personalized learning, structural support, expert staff
    2. Influence: -global connection, community and provincial partnerships
    3. Sustainability: – income=expenditure
    4. Succession: – recruitment and retention, leadership, organizational capacity

  1. Did you know?
    1. Five new vice principal- elementary positions will be required for the 2011-2012 school year. (Aboriginal Choice School, Heritage, Heather Park, Ron Brent, College Hts)  Recruitment is province wide.
    2. Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change   (Leaving out any one area will lead to either confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration or feeling like we are on a treadmill!)
    3. Most effective leadership behaviours include:  participating in teacher learning and development, leading teachers to base teaching decisions on formative evaluations, and planning, coordinating and evaluating teaching, curriculum and pedagogy.
    4. Skills required by our children to be successful in our ever changing world:
      1. i.      Reading, Writing, Numeracy
      2. ii.      Critical thinking and problem solving
      3. iii.      Creativity and innovation
      4. iv.      Collaboration, teamwork and leadership
      5. v.      Cross-cultural understanding
      6. vi.      Communications/computing literacy
      7. vii.      Career and learning self-reliance
      8. viii.      Caring for personal health and planet earth

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