Lino DeGasperis

Vice-principal, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa, On, Canada

About Lino

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Instructional Coaching, Experiential Learning and Performance Research

I'm passionate about

- opera, singing, 21st century learning

Comments & conversations

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Lino DeGasperis
Posted almost 2 years ago
Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"
Will, taken to its logical conclusion, it makes me think that credentials at colleges and universities suffer from the same problems as you describe in schools. Many specialized programs can potentially also suffer from the skills-knowledge race Do you see that as well? Maybe, great teaching is great teaching in any environment, and post-secondary instructors also need to better model the way they network and collaborate in their field.
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Lino DeGasperis
Posted almost 2 years ago
Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"
Will, this is a great point. I have just started undertaking a social media presence in the past couple of months. As an administrator, I figure that if I am going to police my students for cyber-bullying, etc, I need to be more familiar with the social media environment. It has come in handy a couple of times so far. What I missed was your point in the book about how teachers need to model how they use on-line collaboration in their professional lives, so that students can learn how to do it effectively. Good point. I am already seeing many benefits of doing so, in the easy access to the thoughts of many professionals, who are grappling with the same challenges I am.
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Lino DeGasperis
Posted almost 2 years ago
Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"
Linda, yes, I can understand your frustration. The approach in our board has been to invite teachers to work togther - maybe in learning partnerships with another teacher, where thy can support and challenge each other. Doing nothing is not an option. The teaching profession demands that teachers continue developing professionally - at least that is the consensus we are coming to in our jurisdiction - Ontario. Hope that helps
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Lino DeGasperis
Posted almost 2 years ago
Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"
Will, I am a vice principal in a secondary school in Ottawa, Canada. I just read your book over the past couple of days. It really hit home, because our board has invested heavily in the instructional coaching model. At the secondary level, this has involved a coach working with groups of 4 to 6 teachers in a school - typically full days, every other week. The work involves co-planning a task, observing one teacher deliver it in their class, and debriefing around student artifacts. The task usually involves a critical thinking strategy. I mention all this because I think this approach will get at a meaningful classroom practice, which can bridge us to the new paradigm envisioned in Why School.