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I began this blog quite a long time ago now. The intention was to create a platform for introspection, the sharing of ideas that were being put into action and connecting to the work of fellow educators. Picture This / LearningConnections is an opportunity for me to document my learning, thoughts and experiences. Through this blog I reflect on my ideas and actions as part of my own inquiry into How can we redesign schools to better meet students where they are as learners across all disciplines? For those on the same path, I hope my insights and experience might provide you with ideas for making the magic happen in your schools. Interaction is always welcomed.

Craig

Craig is a father, husband and educator who has had the good fortune to teach and travel throughout his career and work with many wonderful educators.

Craig is the Executive Principal of the Elementary School at GEMS Dubai American Academy. The school has over 2700 students Pre-K to Grade 12 with over 1200 of those students in elementary. Dubai American Academy is rated as an “Outstanding” by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for its exceptionally high quality of performance and practice.  Recently the elementary school has become a showcase school for innovation in learning through their Apple Distinguished Schools distinction.

Prior to joining Dubai American Academy Craig spent four years as the Principal of Caulfeild iDEC (inquiry-based digitally enhanced community), a highly regarded K-7 Elementary School in the highest performing school district in Canada. In his time as Principal, the school team was nominated for the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education.

Throughout his twenty years as an educator, Craig has strongly valued inquiry-based learning, collaboration, innovation, pursuit of each child’s personal excellence and the capacity building of educators. Craig believes in inspiring those around him and spent five years as the licensee and curator of TEDxWestVancouverED, an event designed to challenge and inspire our ideas and practices as educators.

Follow Craig on Twitter at @craigcantlie and Linkedin.

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