I am the Assistant Director of Education for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, a sessional instructor at Queen's University in Ontario and a member of the Advisory Board for the EdCan Network (formerly Canadian Education Association).
I am a former Secondary School Principal in Northwestern Ontario, for four years on secondment with the Ontario Ministry of Education as the Provincial Lead for Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching, a proud former member of OSAPAC, co-lead of OSSEMOOC, and former VP of ECOO.
Sincere thanks to the many Ontario Education Leaders who supported OSSEMOOC and learned together over the past two years.
OSSEMOOC is no longer funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and therefore, it is no longer maintained by OSAPAC.
However, all co-created resources remain on this site, open and accessible to those who want to continue to use them for self-directed learning.
Over the past two years, OSSEMOOC has worked to empower leaders to be digital leaders in a networked learning environment.
The motivation to learn, and access to the tools to self-direct learning, are vital.
Knowing how to connect with other educators and how to model the learning we need to see in our classrooms are key ingredients to ensure Ontario students are learning what they need to learn to thrive in 2016 and beyond.
We are grateful for the many leaders, both formal and informal, who have participated, led and learned with us since OSSEMOOC began in 2014.
Ontario students need connected leaders and we are proud of how Ontario has embraced digital leadership in education.
We are halfway through 2016 and it’s time to think about how your #OneWordONT has impacted your practice this year!
Thanks to Julie Balen for really digging into the impact of her word so far, reflecting on the impact to her personally and professionally, and the impact on her students. Thanks also to Kristy Keery Bishop for openly and honestly sharing how her word, stretch, is impacting her in so many ways.
Please let us know how you are doing so far. Tweet your blog post link on the #OSSEMOOC hashtag on Twitter.
Ontario educators, please read and comment to support these colleagues who have the courage and take the time to make their practice open so we all might learn from them.
When leaders make their LEARNING visible, when they make their IDEAS visible, it gives all of us a chance to share and learn together.
An idea shouldn’t stay in your head! Share it and let others help you make it real.
We are pleased to see how Ontario bloggers, and education bloggers from outside Ontario are sharing their work here at OSSEMOOC. We have curated the blogs for you to the right, and we have moved “30 days to get connected”, our popular self-directed learning series, to the left of the site.
We continue to invite bloggers to share their links and blog descriptions by filling out the form here (link in upper right of this page).
We are now taking our learning from two years of OSSEMOOC to redesign and rethink how this site can best serve the needs of leading learners in Ontario.
Please help us by sharing your ideas in the comments, or by emailing us at ossemooc at gmail dot com. We invite you to share in building an open site that supports your learning needs.
Kim shares the wonderful story of becoming a digital leader. It is inspiring for all leaders working to build their own learning around digital leadership. Please connect with Kim and share your own journey. By extending our PLN, we can learn more together.
Thanks to Kim for openly sharing her work with other leading learners.
As we continue our focus on blogging, today we feature the reflective practice of KPDSB teacher Michelle Parrish. We can learn so much from teachers who openly reflect on the work they do with our young people.
You might remember Michelle’s insights as she also generously shared with us as a guest panellist during the Innovator’s Mindset book club Google Hangouts on Air.
Thanks, Michelle, for your generous open practice that helps us build knowledge together.