Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that this amazing weekend provided an opportunity for each of us to experience gratitude for our family and friends who support us.
Today is also my first blog. I have been exploring the world of social media these last few months realizing that this medium provides an important opportunity to connect, to learn and to communicate.
As the Director of Education in the Hamilton-Wentworth District Board, I have the privilege of serving 49,000 students in 115 schools. I also have the privilege of working with talented staff and dedicated trustees who continuously focus on our students’ strengths and needs so that they are achieving and they experience a sense of well-being in our schools. We are making our schools engaging places for our students so that they achieve their full potential.
Our Strategic Directions remind us that “Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters and Equity Matters”. In the context of these Strategic Directions we are committed to “Knowing our students, Knowing our staff, and Knowing our parents and communities. We do not use the word “knowing” lightly……When we say we know our students, we understand their interests, their strengths, their learning style and their needs AND we respond. “Knowing” is a powerful action.
My blog is called “All Students Learning” because we will accept nothing less in our schools. We hold high expectations for our students and for our staff and we support each other because we believe that we can create the environment that allows our students to excel because our staff has the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to make this happen. Further, we are creating a culture of collaborative inquiry in Hamilton-Wentworth so that no professional in our system is alone; rather, we are willing to bring our experience and expertise to the table and we are willing to admit when we do not know something relying on our colleagues to assist. Everyone in Hamilton-Wentworth is a learner and this is the way we will improve as a school district, in each school and in each and every classroom.
Building on past achievements, we are engaged in a very exciting time here in Hamilton. My hope is that I will be able to use this blog to capture what is happening, to engage you, to learn from you and to offer reflections about our experience of “All students learning” . Your insights are welcome.
I look forward to this new adventure!! Please note that you can also find me on Twitter @malloy_john.
I would also like to share with you my opening presentation to the system this past August which illustrates our direction.
Looking forward to learning with you!