2021, Uncategorized

Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.

We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our examplePresident Biden, inauguration speech at The Capitol, 20th January 2021. There have been many surreal moments over the last year in the lifespan of this pandemic.  Sometimes, it feels as if we are barely holding on with our… Continue reading Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.

2020

The leadership we need for our school communities now.

Children are the priority. Change is the reality.  Collaboration is the strategy”. Judith Billings, Superintendent of Schools, Washngton State. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decision”.Stephen R Covey. There are two recent stand out moments for me this month regarding leadership, especially moral and values based leadership.  The… Continue reading The leadership we need for our school communities now.

2020, Uncategorized

What kind of World do we want?

And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was endedAlbert Camus I had hoped to read my book on the three hour journey back to the UK from Chisinau, but found myself on a very crowded plane, with various people still finding the concept… Continue reading What kind of World do we want?

2020, Uncategorized

The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Since I returned to Moldova on the 16th August, starting in earnest the preparations for what we all knew would be like no other academic year, there have been two distinct moments of complete relaxation where my thinking switched only to time, moment, place.… Continue reading The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.

2020

Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year

Nobody has a clue what the World will look like in 5 years' time. And yet, we’re meant to be educating children for it."Sir Ken Robinson There have been a number of Ken Robinson quotes rolling around my head this summer: from his “schools kill creativity” to “imagination is the source of human achievement”. One… Continue reading Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year

2020

Getting back to Global; the next normal. July 2020

DO NOT GET LOST IN A SEA OF DESPAIR. BE HOPEFUL, BE OPTIMISTIC.Rep. JOHN LEWIS 1940 - 2020 For most people I know and speak to, living in the present moment is a very difficult idea to hold in one’s mind right now as we move into the latter half of 2020. We are either… Continue reading Getting back to Global; the next normal. July 2020

2020, notes from the lighthouse

We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда

8th May The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.  Hegel "Congratulations, dear Robert!!! It is a really very very important activity the job your school is doing for our young generation, Thank you very much for such investment in our generation of new citizens, citizens of the future of the Moldova state. This is a very… Continue reading We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда

2020

We are still here – Education beating Covid-19

April 10th  There was an odd moment looking at all the amazing activity this week on our school social media when I realised that our "new normal" is now our "normal". The incredible teaching and learning that is in every lesson, every day in this crisis, now for over a month, is just remarkable. It… Continue reading We are still here – Education beating Covid-19

2020, Uncategorized

Notes from the Lighthouse

Mr. Rob : Lighthouse Keeper March 13th 2020 This has been an extraordinary and unprecedented week in the life of our young school. I write this completely without hyperbole and after 25 years in education; half of these as a senior leader leading schools and working with schools and their communities around the World. The… Continue reading Notes from the Lighthouse

2020

More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford

In the unprecedented times we find ourselves, this month's blog is presented in a different format: a podcast. A transcript will follow shortly. My entire focus for the past three weeks has been on readying my school community for the realities of what has now become a global pandemic: Covid-19 is a now familiar term… Continue reading More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford