"I shall be telling this
with a sigh
Somewhere ages and
Two roads diverged
in a wood,
I took the one
And that has made
all the difference.
- Robert Frost
"We need to know our strengths in order to know where we belong. Only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence. The first secret of effectiveness is to understand the people that you work with so you can make use of their strengths."
-Peter Drucker, Managing Oneself
This folio demonstrates how I have put into practice knowledge and skills that I have learned over the course of my career as an educator and as a lifelong learner.
My belief that learning requires active participation on the part of the learner to derive meanings from situations and experiences is aligned with ideas that form the basis of constructivism. Constructivism has been the foundation for many learning theories, political frameworks, cultural building and effective leadership. The works of Sergiovanni, Senge, and Schein are examples of constructive theories that define and discuss the importance of having participants focused and engaged in their environment to develop meaning, communication, and shared purpose in learning and achieving goals.
School leaders must pay attention to the cultural, political, social and symbolic aspects of the school community if they are to develop and foster a school culture that is effective in promoting and sustaining staff and student success.