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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Citizenship, Stewardship and Leadership Revisited in Real Life

Every now and then you run across an example of action and insight that restores your faith that we may have people with the right ideas, the integrity to do something and the capacity to deliver on what they say they want to achieve.

I have come across just such an example of Citizenship, Stewardship and Leadership all integrated in the efforts of students, teachers and Trustees in the Canadian Rockies Public School in the Bow Valley.  It has all come together in a blog post by Esme Comfort, a district School Board Trustee entitled "Trust, Learning and Innovation."  Initiatives like these do not seek permission and should never need forgiveness either.  It is  this kind of taking on personal responsibility for a greater good that we need more of - in all aspects of life in Alberta.  We know the Alberta Advantage but now we need to look at the Alberta Aspirations is we are to realize our potential as a province and as a people.

I think the democratic deficit we face in Canada and Alberta will only be overcome by informed engaged citizenship, who have a value set based on stewardship, including the protection and empowerment of students, and leadership that is dynamic, service oriented and based on character and capacity, not power and position.

It is most gratifying when we see all this coming together at the local level in public education.  The emerging change in policy and governance culture that Minister Dave Hancock has been enabling in his efforts at transforming public education in Alberta for that past two years is is paying off.   Inspiring Education and Inspiring Action on Education have traction and are now gaining momentum.

When these elements of Citizenship, Stewardship and Leadership can integrate in real time and real life we get the kind of life affirming and creative innovation Esme speaks of in her blog post.  I hope I have made you curious enough to click on the link and read her post.  Congratulations to the students, teachers, Trustees and administrators involved in enhancing Citizenship, Stewardship and Leadership in the CRPS public school district.  Keep up the good work.