Blog to Connect


About two and an half years ago, I made a concerted effort to replace my monthly principal’s message with a blog.  My principal’s messages were pretty traditional.  They were written at the beginning of the month, meant for parents and staff, printed and distributed, and about past, current, or future school events.  My audience was small and local.  From a global perspective, my message reached one – Canada.

Flag of Canada

As someone that did not have a lot of confidence in my writing skills, blogging was going to be a challenge.  By blogging, I hoped to improve my writing, continue to share information, and to connect with other educators.  To my surprise, my family has told me my writing skills are improving.  I do realize this is an ongoing goal.  The content shared in my blogs is now very different than my former messages.  The messages shared school events; the blog is a vehicle to have discussions about transformational ideas and issues in education.  My biggest delight is the connections that blogging has brought.  This Flags of blog Nov 12 2014 collections of maps is not a depiction of the United Nations.  It is a listing of the 65 countries that my blog has been read in.  I am pretty sure my principal’s message was not read in Kenya or Qatar.  More importantly, through the blogging process I have made connections with educators around the globe.  This has increased my PLN (Professional/Personal Learning Network) and provided me a vehicle to share and learn with others.  By blogging, I hope to encourage my peers and our students to blog and connect with others.

Please blog to connect.

Greg Kostiuk

Continuous Improvement

We recently completed our Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) at our school. Our two main goals are to nourish our Catholic Faith and to grow in understanding and knowledge. The foundation of our CIP is to support the goals of Inspiring Education. Inspiring Education can be summed up by the statement “Engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.”

  • Engaged Thinkers – “I collaborate to create new knowledge.”
  • Ethical Citizens – “I do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.”
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit – “I create new opportunities.”
  • Catholic Identity – The driving force is implementing our Faith Plan, “Walking Together.”walking together at OLA
  • Enhance Programs/Strategies – One main strategy is Project Based Learning.

Here is a graphic to help summarize our CIP:

CIP pg 2 Sept 24, 2014

I truly believe Our Lady of the Assumption School is a wonderful place.  It is a great place for students to learn, staff to teach, and parents to be part of their children’s education.  Like any terrific place, or talented athlete, we can always improve.  We hope our CIP is our road map for this improvement and growth.

Greg Kostiuk