Gerald Fussell

Gerald Fussell

Comox, Canada

Principal of community middle school - working with BC's redesigned curriculum

I have my doctorate from the University of Kansas in Educational Leadership and Policy; my other degrees are from the University of Victoria. For the past 5 years I have served as principal of Lake Trail Community School. Through a richly rewarding career I have successfully led initiatives to improve assessment practices, collaboration, critical thinking, gifted education, literacy, numeracy, school change, and resilience. I was the chair of our district's 21st Century Leadership Committee which was charged with preparing our school district for British Columbia’s Redesigned Curriculum. My doctoral thesis examined student self-assessment of non-cognitive skills in British Columbia. I share my learning widely through my blog, web-sites, published articles, and presenting at conferences.  

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I got into education because I believe in the value and importance of public education, but was not happy with the system. I have spent my whole career striving to improve education for youth. The concept of finding innovations, sharing the innovations, and supporting their implementation elsewhere aligns with my career work.

How can education support students to flourish?

For education to support students to flourish it must teach them how to learn and have them leave the system more curious than when they joined it. I believe that our education systems must clarify their purpose and foci. In British Columbia we talk about creating the "Educated Citizen" with our work and if we could do that for everyone, we would all flourish.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation has to play an integral role in educational change because the work we need to do is dynamic; change is the only constant outside of systems of education. As we prepare youth for an increasingly fluid and unpredictable future, we need to develop better ways to prepare them for unknowable demands. We must be driven by relentless restlessness for improvement, our youth deserve our best.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

I appreciate the research done by HundrED, especially the latest one on Social Emotional Learning.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

British Columbia's redesigned curriculum is built on a foundation of non-cognitive skills. The curriculum is designed to focus on competencies, student voice, and student choice. It has been created to reflect contemporary educational thought, responsive to changing demands.