K is for Katherine

collaborationFrom writing and developing ELT course books, to story writing, planting flowers and avoiding PARSNIPS,Katherine (or Kath), shares some of her insights of the world of ELT publication, describes a writer’s day and muses on ELT teacher training today. Throughout all her endeavours, collaboration, informal learning and the joy of writing are present.








Thank you Kath for your time and joyous energy!

You may find out more about Katherine’s contributions to the British Council/BBC Teaching English Associates and her personal articles for English Language Teaching.  You may also sometimes find Katherine taking a break from writing here.


Leadership Connections in Times of Disruption

My world – a universe of connections, random, deliberate, global.  As I reflect on the connectivity I engage in and with, it does not seem unusual to me. I have spent my life living across the world, in places that no longer exist other than in memories. Bubbles of memories make up who I am.

Memories?  Love lines written across the sky. Nothing more, nothing less.

As I quietly navigate information, ideas, personalities in the cyberseas of the internet, there are others who, like me, share the same concerns, interests and dreams. Dreams of equality, dreams of creativity and innovation, transforming education into a more joyful, effective and transformational space. Our thought bubbles coincide and connections are sometimes made. At times, these connections take place silently, almost intrepidly as I read their web writings and share their inspiration with others.

Among all the debated and constantly referred to issues in education today, there are two which glare out, desperately screaming for attention: effective leadership and the need to transform education. Before one goes on, possibly agreeing with me, these two issues are not new nor only required for our current times. They have always hung over our heads, looming needs with few practical answers. What has caused the current disruptions in education is, among other factors, digital learning – from OER to MOOCs, to all the tools and platforms which enable open communication and creativity in self-expression, which is open and accessible to all. Just as the printing press caused havoc and mayhem in regard to leadership in education, just as societies began making education accessible to all, today’s digital devices have opened up deep questions on educational and social change.

My next guest is no outsider nor stranger with these issues.

George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He resides at the Centre for Education working closely with the all schools in the division, as well as the Future PlanningTeam, Lead Team, Learning Services Department and Information Technology Department where he pushes the leading edge in implementing Alberta Education’s new Goal Two – Educational Transformation. George has worked with all levels of school from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator.

He additionally co-facilitates Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results leadership training, is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada.  His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for kids.  He uses humour as a way to connecting with all of those that he works with.  His presentations are known to be both informative and entertaining, yet creating an emotional connection that helps people move to the next level.  His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel comfortable in taking risks in their own learning.

You can learn more about George at his site georgecouros.ca.

Join us here as George reveals his reflections on leadership, connecting with others and how education is at best, a wonder of social transformation.

If you have questions on these topics, please feel welcome to leave them here.

What qualities do you think educational leaders should have? Is education for confirming a society’s leadership or for transforming societies?

A is for Angela

Warm, energetic, enthusiastic, passionate.

The joy and creative force of life according to Angela (aka Blogbrevity)

AnaCristinaPratas on Vimeo.


You can contact/follow Angela Dunn here

One more reference I would strongly suggest is:

What is the Future for Twitter Chats #ideachat

Passionate Creativity for Innovation

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

Do you look or do you see? Is there beauty between the twigs, leaves and drops of dew? Or a smell of dreams still to come?

Sometimes I am considered to be absent minded, scatty, living in a rainbow bubble. It’s an opinion. Opinions are many, opinions are freely available and far too often, imposed on one when one has no need for them. Having read and re-read Lewis Carroll throughout my life, I still rejoice in his words: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

And why ever not? What is life if there is no dreaming, no believing in the impossible?

Let me entice you a step further with another question: what if ideas are not shared, not communicated to another? How many impossible dreams would then come alive? In the words of G.Bernard Shaw, “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apples. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. “

For ideas and creativity to take roots, they need to be tossed to the wind, finding echoes and others who also dream, who also listen and see. Creativity needs connections to bloom and dance. For anyone who reads what is regularly required  for today,  the concept of “creativity” in every field is desired, urgently needed, filling endless columns of space, whether analogue or digital. However, being creative, indulging in creativity and innovation is risky. There are pitfalls. There are unexpected twists and turns. How creatively does one deal with them?

Creativity. Innovation. A constant cry across the universe, begging for innovative solutions and ideas.

Can creativity be a leadership trait as well? Do leaders need to be creative and innovative?

My next guest is no stranger to creativity nor innovation. Angela Dunn nourishes the challenges and passions of what it is to be creative. Angela fosters creative connections, spreading ideas, planting mind dances in a community of thinkers.

Angela Dunn is a content strategist, futurist, executive coach, and the founder of ideachat–a global salon on Twitter for ideas and creativity.  At the forefront of the curation movement, Angela is currently writing a book entitled “Curation Zen: The Key to Hidden Influence and Thought Leadership for the 21st Century“.

 She believes in the power of curation for creating content and the spread of ideas. “Curators are masters of discernment, and connecting people and patterns. Following their work is key to strategic insights. Distilling the best ideas and adding your point of view leads to thought leadership,” she says. Angela believes the talented content curators are weaving hidden influence in the new social world.

Join me here as Angela discloses and shares her personal reflections on change, creativity and innovation.

Will you be challenged? Intrigued? Or inspired?

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Where can you find Angela Dunn?

Angela Dunn’s Curation on Scoop.iT!

Blogbrevity’s Posterous

The Realtime Report on Angela Dunn

Good Ideas Con Come from Anywhere – Advice for Medical Leaders

Consulting Work for Healthcare and Social Media

Innovators are Conversation Architects