Profiles of great people I've met over the years who are making a difference with the world's children and youth.

Archive for August, 2010

Welcome To SuperPals!

John McLaughlin

Hello world, and welcome to SuperPals! I am the Superintendent of School District 15 in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada, and the purpose of this project is to introduce you to some of the very fine people I’ve met over the years who are making a real difference in shaping Education for the new millennium.  These people, who come from all corners of the world, work tirelessly to inspire our children and youth to be effective leaders in this 21st Century.  Our paths have crossed at conferences and workshops, through collaborative projects, in courses I’ve taken, and even just by happy happenstance!  In any case, I am proud to share their profiles with you, and to tell you — from my perspective — why they are truly among the most important educational leaders at work today.

But before that, here’s a little about me, and why I feel it is important to write this blog.  I’ve been superintendent of our school district since 2003, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate the tremendous responsibility we have to educate our students for a world that is facing so many significant challenges.  Our graduates must be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators and strong global citizens, and we have an obligation to nurture those talents and traits while they are in our system.  Here are a few of my own professional interests:

  • New Millennium Learning
  • Information Technology in Education
  • Global Citizenship
  • International Collaborative Projects
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Curriculum & Evaluation

On a personal level, my wife, Cathy, and I have been married for 27  years, and we have four beautiful daughters, Courtney, Meaghan, Mauryah and Kathleen.  We live in Bathurst, on the pictueresque northeast coast of New Brunswick, Canada, where life is pretty sweet!

My first SuperPal will be Jennifer Corriero, co-founder and executive director of Taking IT Global. I’ve met Jen a few times, and I am always impressed by her energy and her commitment to “inspire, inform, involve!”

I’ll be posting this first profile in the next few weeks.  Till then, have a great school year, everybody!

Cheers, folks!

John

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