Gleaning global insights

Principal Shauna Colnan said she experienced an “electrifying week of learning” for the first leg of her sabbatical at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage.

Ms Colnan said this “superb learning experience about adaptive leadership” explored “thinking about asking better questions, moving beyond technical fixes, distinguishing between self and role, uncertainty as a virtue, making progress, and seeing more”.

Embracing this opportunity in icy New England temperatures, Ms Colnan said “learning from Kennedy School academics alongside 80 leaders from around the world was a rare treat”.

For the second leg of the sabbatical Ms Colnan has journeyed to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to learn more about the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, in preparation for the development of our new Early Learning Centre.

Ms Colnan said she was warmly welcomed to The Loris Malaguzzi Centre, a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect in Reggio Emilia.

“The learning of children is made visible in this playful and inspiring place,” Ms Colnan said.

Ms Colnan shared images of “beautiful works by young children” and said she felt “inspired by all that children can express and accomplish when the expectations are high and the program is visionary!”

Ms Colnan is looking forward to developing an IGS leadership program which staff will undertake over a semester. She is also preparing for a new round of consultations with staff, parents and children in partnership with BVN architects as we envision a vibrant new Early Learning Centre in the Reg St Leon Building, all infused with what she is learning while on sabbatical.