Podcast: #edchat – School culture

https://player.fm/series/edchat-radio/what-are-the-attributes-of-a-positive-school-culture

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I believe, after 34 years of total dedication to the profession, student success and committed idealogy, that this is THE most undervalued variable to success in public education. The current horrific leadership by Government not withstanding, the social dynamic of management, admin, teachers, parents and students, is a massive variable in whether an institution is effective. The notion of efficiency, productivity and value added effort is so much a business model. Public education, if you value it, needs to address school culture on all levels. To just portrait public education in labour or economic terms is foolish. The struggle of teachers to be treated (maybe uniquely) fairly is about nurturing a positive school culture. The podcast linked here discusses the issue objectively. The compensation of professionals in education cannot be addressed unless the environment of healthy culture is also handled wisely because so much of education is driven by the social dynamic of adults and youth. The topic of volunteerism always opens up passionate debate because teaching is never as simple as drilling oil or producing a fixed product. Teaching always includes nurturing children in the humanity of thinking. Even a teacher, who volunteers as an athletic coach, is always focused on the ‘development’ of the person, not some easily measured variable like industrial productivity. Children are not widgets. We all need to never forget school culture in our policy, actions and attitudes. Tom Whitby’s Twitter based #edchat podcast gives the issue of school culture terrific value. – Al Smith

Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven…

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Clare Boothe Luce’s Advice to Her 18-Year-Old Daughter | Brain Pickings

Don’t worry about your studies. When you want to do them well you will do them superbly but for the moment the main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world because “these are the good old days” now.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/11/clare-boothe-luce-advice-to-daughter/?utm_content=bufferfbc74&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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More with less

http://archivistic.tumblr.com/post/94342562628/doing-more-with-less-is-a-bad-joke-on-people-who

“Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing.

Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us – more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings, and creating both digital and physical things.

At the same time libraries are also getting less – less financial support, less public opinion support, less consideration, less support and partnership from big publishers and producers, and chosen less often to partner with other organizations and businesses.( Madam Librarian )

Couldn’t agree more. Squeezing libraries and all public service is denial that people are working very hard and have reached their limit.

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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Art Teachers’ Exhibition 2014 | Kelowna Art Gallery

KAG
June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
http://kelownaartgallery.com/art-teachers-exhibition-2014/

Artists in the exhibition: Alex Fong, Carney Oudendag, Harry Tonn, Jim Elwood, Kendra Dixson, Lee Claremont, Rena Warren

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Art Teachers’ Exhibition 2014 | Kelowna Art Gallery

KAG
June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
http://kelownaartgallery.com/art-teachers-exhibition-2014/

Artists in the exhibition: Alex Fong, Carney Oudendag, Harry Tonn, Jim Elwood, Kendra Dixson, Lee Claremont, Rena Warren

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Self Portrait Series by Kenzie

Kenzie Morgan is a photography student in the Class of 2014. We should remember Ms. Morgan, not just because she is a scholar and fine artist but Kenzie will be contributing vibrant thoughtful images for years to come. Check out her Self Portrait Series below.

The purpose of this digital photography project was to take twenty-four self-portraits, not necessarily all head shots, and to choose six of them, edit these, and add quotes that coincide with the photos to help demonstrate an aspect of the photographer, be it a hobby, personality trait, lifestyle, etc.  For example, of the photos I’ve attached, the Akubra hat photo demonstrates my Australian heritage, the books my love of reading, the eyes my continuous efforts to keep a good perspective, the beaker photo my perfectionism, and the blossoms how I change each year (the blossoms represent not only the changing of seasons but me, seeing as they tend to bloom on my birthday). 
   This project not only helped us (my Photography classmates and me) in continuing to improve in digital photography, but to become increasingly comfortable with photo editing programs…-Kenzie Morgan 
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by Kenzie Morgan 2014

by Kenzie Morgan 2014

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Tweet from Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

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2014-06-13, 10:28 AM
My @kssowls nominee for High School Coach of the Year is boys volleyball coach Mike Sodaro. Vote now at ryanwatters.ca

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From Al Smith – @literateowl

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WATERMARK Film- powerful doc HBO JUNE 23

http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/site_contents/Films/Watermark_Film.html

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Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky team to co-direct Watermark, an environmentally conscious documentary that examines the relationship between mankind and water.
Director:Jennifer Baichwal,Edward Burtynsky

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Owls are Leaders that endure.. @bccancer

I think we all should hear about some positive school news because there isn’t to much lately.

BC Cancer Foundation (@bccancer) 2014-06-03, 3:02 PM @kelowna_owls have raised $300,000 for cancer research since 2001! So proud to have you as our partners in discovery! pic.twitter.com/CNIlOPSBoR From Al Smith – @kssreads

I usually reserve this blog for library and learning concepts or issues but heck what is more important than building the sense of community service in students and social commitment than cancer campaigns and science research?

At KSS we lived it with cancer victims in our student body. We still live it with cancer survivors on our faculty. Students, fit wives of PE teachers, Fine Arts teachers- librarians; no one is untouched. At KSS, our Rec Leadership Program includes several classes of teens led by teachers Fane Triggs and Tony Sodaro. In addition to the instruction pieces they volunteer loads of energy and hundreds of extra hours each year to package projects like the KSS CANCER WEEK event. Not just one activity but a comprehensive multi-event/multi-day campaign. It’s not just a letter home. It’s a full scale real world exercise in community service and fundraising. Car washes, breakfasts, HEADSHAVING , Golf tournaments, rallies, …more.., The school has supported the event over the years, as they do so many other large KSS projects because we strive to provide our students with opportunities and experiential learning that includes people skills and learning by doing and sharing the experience as a team. These mostly extracurricular events cannot be easily run in small schools and they cannot be a success without many teachers ( and admin support) working voluntarily in the evenings and during weekends. Big projects mean many extra teachers need to be away from their own children in order to dedicate themselves to KSS students. They don’t do these talks for any extra money. They don’t do it for promotions. They don’t do it for for any other reason than a sense of professionalism and a bond to Owl culture and tradition.

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The Cancer Week campaign is now part of our school culture. It’s part of our yearly planning and conversations. I’ve come to be proud of how so many teachers annually dedicate time and energy on various extracurricular projects at KSS that drive community partnerships. We’ve seen how our school can plan and execute large events with notable excellence. Teachers have worked with well with administration, district staff, patents, students and the wide community to build a school project like four decades of Western Canada Basketball, or the notable Encore Music or hosting Debate or BC Provincial tournaments or Student Leadership Conferences… Etc.

These events take heart. They take teachers with skills and volunteerism that very few people understand- especially the Government. Wondrous events like the KSS CANCER WEEK campaign that endure and built hope beyond the classroom walls exist because teachers like Triggs and Sodaro chose to be as resilient as any survivor and don’t lose hope.
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Think of the positive impact to thousands students over a dozen years? Who may become future Foundation chairpersons?

Think of a school project that averages a donation of $25000 EACH year?

Share this with those who think ‘those who can’t -teach’ . Those of our community who may be the most gifted and dedicated to people and certainly children- are teachers. That’s worth something!

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Home-school communication: Not what it used to be | BCCPAC

It’s not about technology, nor is it about events. It is about how we build relationships in our schools,” he says in a presentation titled Moving Beyond the Newsletter.(Wejr)

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/news-blog/home-school-communication-not-what-it-used-be?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=BCCPAC

As new tools have provided opportunities to broaden and deepen forms of classroom communication and instructional design so can the degree of communication with parents. It’s not just options it’s a whole new landscape of interaction and feedback. I also think things like blogging can provide frequent articulate perspectives for parents that go far beyond the newsletter fact sheet and calendar. I also think it need not mean huge more work for admin or faculty but rather a new form of sharing and writing content.

From Al Smith – @kssreads

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