Rigour, Relevance, and Relationship

On Friday, we had a visit from Jamie Kudlats, a former principal who has just completed his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jamie told me about North Carolina’s commitment to 3 R’s: Rigour, Relevance, and Relationship. This seemed like a useful lens through which to view the Mabin experience as well. Rigour: Next … Read More

Spring Has Sprung!

It is finally beginning to feel like Spring. Kids are ditching their coats as they run around at recess working up a sweat. There is a lot of energy in the building and out — and at times, emotions run high as Spring Fever plays its tricks on us. As you know, at The Mabin School, we see ourselves as … Read More

Six Relationship Rules for School Teams to Follow in Order to Lead by Example

I was very excited when Ashley McLellan, a dynamic young educator who had been spending some time with me helping me think about impact and learning, introduced me to the resource The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement. As I read through it, I couldn’t believe how much the authors were getting right! And it seemed to … Read More


In all ways, our Mabin experience was a remarkable journey guided by talented, innovative and attentive educators and facilitators. But how would they do when they left the safe confines of the only school they had ever known, I wondered? How well are they prepared academically? How will they adapt to a new social environment? How well will they transition … Read More