February 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

***Thank you to Vishal Patel, founder of Social Guidez, for his contribution to the #pushlearningforward blog this week. Vishal works to solve the biggest problems in internet marketing. Vishal helps people understand how to monetize on social media and build a following. Specifically, he helps users indentify target users and how to reach them. Feel free to connect with Vishal via Twitter or Instagram.***


Use Vlogging to Position Yourself as an Expert

So you've decided to start sharing your wealth of information with the world. You're determined to position yourself as a thought-leader, dishing out profound and witty insights and accumulating flocks of followers; but when it comes to actually writing, it&#......

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February 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

*** Thank you to Dr. Catherine Zeisner, Principal with the @TVDSB for her contribution to the #pushlearningforward blog this week. You can follow Catherine on Twitter: @PrincipalZed ***

As a leader have you ever examined the adversities you have experienced?  Who or what were the root causes?  What made it so challenging?  What did you learn from the experiences?  Examining your leadership adversity just might make you grow…like a lobster. 

A lobster lives inside of a rigid shell that does not expand.  How can lobsters grow?  As lobsters age their shell becomes confining, they under pressure and uncomfortable. It goes under a rock, casts off its shell, and produces a new one.  Eventually that......

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January 29, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

***Thank you to Robert Ward for contributing to the #pushlearningforward blog this week. You can follow Robert on Twitter: @RewardingEdu***

Every teacher must find or rediscover their genuine excitement for educating and nurturing children. In fact, a teacher’s personal and professional sense of passion, pleasure, and purpose is just as vital for their students as it is for themselves.

Everyone can readily agree that academic learning is a crucial goal of teaching, but educators, parents, and the public are now also embracing the importance of social and emotional learning. Yet we all must go one step further—or deeper—and equally accept the profound impact of soulful learning.

Meaning is ......

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January 22, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

***Thank you to Lori McKee for her contribution to the blog this week. Follow Lori Mckee on Twitter @McKeeLori ***

Recently, I came across my practicum reports from when I attended Teacher’s College 20 years ago. As I read through the report, one particular comment stood out:

“Mrs. McKee used a variety of media (e.g., VCR, ghetto blaster, overhead projector, dittos and other hands on activities) to support student learning.”

At first, when I read the statement, I laughed at how antiquated these resources sound. I am sure that there are practicing teachers who don’t know what a ditto is and have never seen a ditto machine in action. And a ghetto blaster?! I can’t recall the last time I heard students use......

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January 15, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Thank you to Vandana Verma for contributing to the blog this week. Follow Vandana's work here: https://justonewish.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/ and on Twitter: @Just_1_Wish 

My name is Vandana Verma and I am a teacher at Prince of Wale School in Hamilton, ON.  Prince of Wales is located on the eastside of the city. We have awesome students many of whom deal with a variety of challenges which can impact on academics.

To help make the school a more positive and safe place for students and staff, I began the Just One Wish program on February 1, 2013.  Just One Wish is all about helping students learn about the world around them and helping them realize that THEY CAN make a positive difference. 

When we first began......

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January 8, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Thank you to Ann Marie Luce for her contribution to the blog this week. A reflection on differentiation for professional learning. Follow Principal Luce on Twitter @turnmeluce 


As a school leader there is always one nagging question in the back of my mind “How do we differentiate to meet the needs of each teacher and to push the learning forward?”

Our school is an Ontario Focused Intervention (OFIP) school therefore we have an intensive focus on math.  Our school goal is focused on having students construct multiple models for problem solving.  Our staff meetings, PD days and grade band sessions all support this focus.  But, what about the teachers who still need support and are not confident in ......

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January 2, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Thanks to Brian Jones for his contribution to the blog this week. Check out @leadershipjones on Twitter 


1. How will you narrow the gap between your current leadership ability and desired skill level? (Make time to craft a strategy.)

2. Will you wait for the next "big book" on leadership, or read (or reread) some of the classics? (The bottom line is: read.)

3. Who will you seek coaching from in 2017? (Great leaders have coaches/mentors)

4. What will you do to improve your health? (When? Time for yourself improves your physical health which improves your mental health.)

5. How will you cultivate your curiosity? (G.K. Chesterton said the world will never lack for wonders, only wonder.)

6. What are your specific, ......

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December 28, 2016 @ 1:22 PM

If you are reading this post then chances are you are a working professional who is currently enrolled in or thinking about enrolling in a graduate program. The pursuit of an advanced degree is one that is both rewarding and challenging for the working professional. However, it is my hope that the following four points of personal reflection will be helpful on your journey.

Do your research and find the program that works for you:

There are many options for working professionals who are interested in obtaining an advanced degree. However, not all options are best for you. Take time to fully investigate the program and the school before enrolling. The time invested at the start of your journey finding the “right fit” is an ......

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