Leadership, Independent High School Education, and What LCS Does Best: Q&A With Our New Head of School and Foundation Anne-Marie Kee

After 11 years as the Executive Director of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Anne-Marie Kee has been appointed as the new Head of School and Foundation for Lakefield College School. Considering Anne-Marie’s record of passionate advocacy for best practices in education, the LCS community is looking forward to her arrival in August 2017, eager to learn more of her thoughts and plans for the future. In the meantime, Anne-Marie took the time to answer a few questions for us. Q: As you look forward to joining the Lakefield College School community in August, what are your thoughts on the transition in leadership? Will it be a gradual immersion over the next few months or will you be taking a plunge at the end of the summer? A: More like a plunge that will take months, if that makes sense. CAIS schools, like Lakefield College School, provide some of the best…

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Five Important Lessons I’ve Learned as the Head of an Independent Boarding School

1) The best independent schools are professional learning communities that both empower and support A vibrant learning community is one where students and teachers alike are learning in and out of the classroom. Especially important, is that teachers and staff are engaged in their own professional growth and development. It is difficult to imagine a more dedicated, committed, passionate group of teachers and staff than those at Lakefield College School—who are just so clear in their love, enthusiasm and passion for the school and for Lakefield to do well. As an independent school, it’s important to nurture an environment in which teachers and staff are able to take responsibility for their own learning, both as individuals and as a group of professionals. Providing opportunities for professionals to pursue enrichment activities in their learning requires a larger group commitment and a level of institutional commitment to ensure teachers and staff members…

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Students find meaning in innovative cross – collaborative learning project

At Lakefield College School, students of history and the performing arts have been participating in a new collaborative learning project that culminated in an authentic and moving Remembrance Day ceremony for an audience of more than 500 students, staff, former LCS alumni ‘Old Boys’ and the Lakefield community. The hour-long ceremony took more than two months of preparation and involved over 70 students from Grades 9 to 12. Part of an experiential learning process, students were involved in every aspect of the service, bringing to life the personal stories of LCS alumni veterans who served in WWI, from researching and writing the scripts and performing theatrical plateaus and poetry based on original letters, photos and other information found in the school’s archives, to creating original videos and interpretive dance pieces choreographed with live musical performances. Students created original videos honouring the contributions of LCS Old Boys and Masters such as…

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