Supporting change in schools: leadership at the forefront

In this audio interview, Marc-André Girard, from École branchée, discusses with Marius Bourgeoys, education consultant, who supports change in schools.

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In this audio interview, Marc-André Girard, from École branchée, discusses with Marius Bourgeoys, education consultant, who supports change in schools.

Text by Alexane Saint-Amant

The “École branchée educational meetings” are podcast interviews with school stakeholders from here and elsewhere. In this episode, our collaborator (and concept creator) Marc-André Girard talks with Marius Bourgeoys, education consultant who supports change in schools

Marius Bourgeoys was first a French teacher in secondary school, before becoming a consultant and then a pedagogical leader within the team. TacTIC which supports schools in Eastern Ontario in the digital shift. He quickly realized that it was in a supporting role that he could contribute the most to the world of education. As he began to receive requests that went beyond the scope of his job, he chose to start as an education consultant in order to gain more flexibility. Her goal: to work with people who want to think differently to improve what is done at school.

Why take the time to stop by a school?

When we work in a school, we often have the impression of being on the run, everyday life fills our schedule and there is always something to do. Marius Bourgeoys explains that the only thing that really improves the life of a school is the changes we intentionally make to our teaching practices. When we are content to "roll the machine", when we stay in the here and now, there is no possible evolution. This is why it is important to take time out, to plan the next step and make our daily life better.

EDU Squad: Be inspired!

Schools increasingly see the need to be supported in an organizational development process. This is what Marius Bourgeoys proposes to do with the EDU Squad. Support leadership building and help educational teams move out of textbooks to become designers of learning experiences.

The support offered by EscouadeÉDU is organized around a PLAN, which is an acronym for Pedagogy, Leadership, Continuous Improvement and Digital. It is a question of starting from the needs of the pupils and the teaching staff, of personalizing the approach and of developing global competences.

Leadership in the foreground

If Marius Bourgeoys is so interested in leadership, it is because he considers that everyone can become better by being accompanied in a process around leadership. He also knows that such an approach makes it possible to meet the greatest challenges in education:

  • Building relationships in our schools
  • Become a role model as a teacher and learner
  • Reinvesting to develop leadership in our students

He concludes by saying that if the role of a teacher is to get students to develop and flourish, it should start with a willingness to want to develop oneself: “Children come and go, but children come and go, but children come and go. teachers stay. They are the ones who are in school all their lives! "

T: @Bourmu 

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About the Author

Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in humanities education (1999), a master's degree in history teaching (2003) and a master's degree in educational management (2013). He is currently a doctoral student in school administration. He specializes in change management in schools as well as in educational leadership. He is also interested in 21st century skills to be developed in education. He holds a managerial position in a public primary school and gives lectures on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in the school environment as well as on the professionalization of teaching. He took part in educational expeditions to France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book “Le change en milieu scolaire québécois” with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the school of the 21st century with the same publisher. He frequently collaborates with L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and school administrators as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement.