Author Archive for dkerr

I'm the Intermediate School Principal (Grades 3-8) of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador. I'm passionate about relationship building, student learning, and inspiring community and culture. Education is my passion and I blog weekly for my faculty hoping to inspire sustainable change, and to help sharpen my saw so to speak. I also blog weekly for The International Educator (TIE) online magazine. Check out the following links www.mondaymusings.org and www.tieonline.com

Sustainability and Service

        So next October we will host a regional GIN (Global Issues Network) conference at our school, and the opportunity that this affords us is immeasurable. It’s an opportunity to deeply inspire our students and our surrounding community around…

True Colours

        So just over a week ago Ecuador was hit by a massive earthquake that completely devastated many communities on the coast. Thousands and thousands of families have been deeply and tremendously impacted by this event, including members of…

An Educational Responsibility

       So this past Friday I presented at a regional TTT (Teachers Teaching Teachers) conference here in Quito, with over 1000 educators on hand to learn, to network, and to share their educational expertise with each other. It was a…

Let’s Read!

        So every year on my birthday I receive some money from my beautiful wife to spend on books. It’s the best gift that anyone could possibly give to me, and there’s nothing that I love more…

Thanks for the Feedback…

        So I finished reading this really interesting book last week titled, Thanks for the Feedback , by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, and it opened up my eyes to how truly difficult it sometimes is to not only…

Be Quiet…

So about a month ago during our two week holiday break, I found myself floating down a river on a tube with nothing around me but the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle, and the peacefulness and beauty of…

Wanderlust!

So the next new country that I visit will be my 50th, and it’s fun to sit back once and awhile and reflect on all of the amazing experiences that I’ve had over the years exploring either by myself, or with my…

A Time for Reflection…

So here we are, a week into a brand new year with all of it lying stretched out before us. A clean slate of endless opportunity and promise, just waiting to be brought to life with each new day. I…

A Gratitude List…

So this past week I spent a lot of time thinking about how much I love being an educator, and about how grateful I am to have found a life’s work that fills me with such passion and purpose and…

Finding the Right Fit…

        So here we are again, well into another season of recruiting and trying to find those perfect fits for ourselves and for our schools. Recruiting is tough in many ways, and with it comes a wide range of…

The Timeless John Dewey

        So we’re currently going through the exciting process of creating a master facilities plan at our school, and the opportunity that we have to transform our environment into something truly inspirational has us all dreaming. This…

A Random Act of Kindness

        So over the past two weeks we’ve rolled out an initiative with our students called, Paying It Forward. Essentially, we’ve challenged every one of our kids to not only keep an eye out for random acts…

Sharpen Your Saw…

So after 5 years, and countless hours of research and writing, and entries from over 10 countries and from 4 different continents, I’ve finally reached my 150th blog post…who knew there was so much to write about in the field…

Following Through…

        So just recently we rolled out a new accountability and expectation code in our Middle School to try and inspire and empower our beautiful kids to reach a higher personal and academic standard. We have raised…

Money Money Money…

So this past summer I was having dinner with some educator friends of mine, when at one point one of them said that he wished he could find a way to generate more money for his school, because in his…

It’s About Time…

So lately I have been thinking a lot about time, and more specifically about how we can effectively use the hours that we have to successfully embed all the wonderful initiatives that will move us forward as a school. Last…

Here We Go Again…

I absolutely love the start of a new school year! I’m not sure that there is anything more beautiful than watching our kids spill off of the buses, or walk through the front gates of the school ready to get…

Naga Naga Naga!

So the world woke up on Friday morning to the news that Neil Bantleman and Ferdi Tjiong had finally been released from prison…and what a day it was! After almost 400 days in jail for a crime that they clearly…