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The Road to Innovation

A key area of focus for Riverside is on building a culture of innovation and creativity.  As a school, we have spent a great deal of time finding ways to integrate technology into curriculum with the intent of opening up … Continue reading

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Learning Beyond the Walls of A Classroom

This past spring break, I was fortunate to join fourteen Riverside students on a Free the Children trip to Tanzania, Africa.  The intent of this journey was to provide service in a small village by building a school, while experiencing … Continue reading

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What the Dog Said

Two years ago, I crossed paths with Leah Pells, a Counsellor in School District 43 and her PADS dog, Smokey.  We were sitting in a district meeting and I spent some time talking to her about how Smokey was being … Continue reading

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A Co-Design Process for Innovation

I believe candor is important, so let me start by stating my perspective on one of the key elements of change.  While I know it is valuable for educators and schools to focus on things such as assessment, curriculum, teaching strategies, classroom … Continue reading

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Parenting in the 21st century

As a parent of two adolescents, I often think about how best to raise my children.  I can sometimes see my father or mother’s parenting techniques finding their way in my own beliefs on how best to raise children.  What … Continue reading

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A Community of Children and Adults Learning Together

Engaging staff and students in school or system wide change is a challenging endeavour.  Change can start from the bottom up or top down.  It often requires resources in the way of time, money, and people.  Any new initiative needs … Continue reading

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Underestimating the Potential in Our Children

There has been a large amount of discussion amongst educators regarding teacher centred and student centred learning environments.  Recently, our admin team snickered as we thought about elementary students leading their parents through student-lead conferences and then transitioning to secondary … Continue reading

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