What Innovation Looks Like

It was great to return to Nova Scotia and meet with teachers and leaders in several districts. Not only is Nova Scotia a beautiful part of Canada but the people are among the most hospitable.

It was great to spend one morning in Bedford South School in Halifax. This is a school that serves students with 33 different languages and from the moment you enter the building you’re made to feel welcome.

DEN STAR Shelly Tulloch and her co-teaching partner Clarissa Bonin along with paperless classroom champion Craig Boyce and principal Debbie Metheral shared some of the wonderful work their school is doing. These teachers represent the passion and energy that the Discovery Educator Network is all about. Listening to them share the ways in which not only are they using the technology but thinking deeply about the kind of school they want for their students was inspiring to say the least. They are a STEM school and that is evident throughout the building. Shelly’s room features lego and robotics equipment and just today, they received word that the province would be funding $250,000 towards robotic competitions.

We hear a great deal about innovation these days. Often it seems the word gets used without any context or meaning. If innovation is the pursuit of ideas that advance society and learning, then Bedford South is just that place. My short visit there only served to wet my own appetite to find out more about the work they’re doing. With a supportive administration and empowered teachers and students, it’s easy to see this school will be leading the way for others interested in STEM but in reality any type of innovative work. Be sure to use the links to these great folks and connect with them.



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