Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Name is Darren Cannell


There is a simple question before us:  Why should you vote for me to be a GSCS Trustee?
A simple answer:  Because my mother would be so proud of me if I got elected. 
A more complex answer:
I have been a student for 28 years of my life.  The first 4 degrees were about education.  My last degree which I will be finished in the next couple of months is my PHD in education, so I know the theory.
I applied this theory as I was a GSCS teacher and administrator for 31 years of my life.  This was an achievement because when I started teaching I thought I would teach for 10 years and then move to something else.  So, why did I stay for 31 years?  I stayed because GSCS was and is the best school division in the country and our country is ranked third in the world for education.  Where else was I to go to learn my education trade.
I was raised as a Canadian army brat and moved every 3 years of my young life until I was 17 years of age.  This kind of childhood give you itchy feet, which I scratch by travelling a lot with my wife and now our son.  Both of whom are part of the GSCS system, my wife is currently an assistant principal at Holy Cross High school and my son is a grade 6 student at Mother Teresa School. 
In 2010 for 10 months we went for a walkabout and travelled around the world.  Literally around the world we saw 39 countries.  Travelling is a form of education which taught me more than all my five degrees combined.  It opened my eyes to the importance of a good faith based education system.  It showed me how lucky we are to have GSCS and to live in Saskatoon.
Education is at a cross roads, the past education system was developed for the industrial age.  Society has moved into the information age.  We need our school to reflect this change and prepare our students for the world in which they are going to live. This is not something to fear this means we are in an exciting fast paced time where the world has become a very small place.
The information age with its quick paced communication and vast amount of information makes a faith based approach to education so important.  Our students need a foundation in which to build themselves around and filter the vast amount of information which this age brings.  A faith foundation which GSCS is so good at providing. 
Catholic education is being attacked from a multitude of front. Christianity itself is being attacked in some location of the world, but that is another topic for another day.
I think the best way for us to succeed against these attacks on GSCS is to celebrate our successes.  I know from experience that what GSCS offers is amazing and I feel if elected I still have something to offer in the future vision of the GSCS …and its goal of fulfilling its mission statement.


Which is:
A welcoming community where we nurture faith, encourage excellence in learning and inspire students to serve others, making the world a better place.

Please consider voting for me, I will do my best to make the mission statement a reality.  

Thank you

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Help me via social media to campaign for GSCS Trustee

It has been a few days since I have posted anything about the up and coming election...I am running for GSCS trustee in an election on October 29th, 2014. I am shaking peoples hands via social media because I think it can reach way more people than I can by ringing door bells. Please vote for me on October 29th 2014, I will do my best to represent the community and push education into the future.
In order for this to work I need people to share this to all their friends soeveryone will know to vote for Darren Cannell on October 29 2014. Thanks for working on my campaign.
Thanks in advance
Hopefully GSCS Trustee
Darren Cannell

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Candidate Forum

The latest news in my process to becoming a Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Trustee...

A candidate forum will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at E. D. Feehan Catholic High School (411 Avenue M North). There will be candidate speeches and a Q & A period with the audience.

Election is on October 29th 2014 Remember to Vote for Darren Cannell

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Candidate Profile 2014 Separate School Board Trustee By-election

GREATER SASKATOON CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
2014 Separate School Board Trustee By-election
Candidate Profile
Name: Darren Cannell
Contact: Phone: (306) 361-5206
Other Phone: (306) 249-0309
Email: dcannell5@gmail.com
Website: http://darrencannell.com
Candidate’s Statement:
• GSCS retired elementary and high school teacher,
and administrator
• Education degrees, Masters in Distance Education
and PHD Candidate in Online Learning
• Proposed, Developed and Administered the
Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School from its
inception for 14 years.
• Arbus Award Winner – highest honour that
Saskatchewan teaching profession can confer.
• Native Survival School Teacher – (now Oskayak)
• President of Saskatchewan
Volleyball Association and Director of Volleyball
Canada for four years, head coach Largest
Saskatchewan volleyball club head coach for 10
years
• Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award
• Google Certified Educator
• Global Hero in Education (Microsoft Award)
• Professional award winning digital and wildlife artist
• Past Brock University Volleyball and Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Player and
currently a soccer player
• Raised in Germany, United States and Canada - Military family.
• Travel around the world to learn, and has travelled to over 80 countries
• Darren is a father and husband.
• His views on education embrace the future


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I want to be a trustee.


I  am running for election as a Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Trustee.   The election goes on October 29th 2014...If you are in Saskatoon...Please help and vote for me...tell your friends.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Teachers you are not alone



I spent a couple of hours creating this latest video,  I think it kind of summarizes the way teachers are feeling these days...Just trust them, treat them as professionals.


Thursday, 29 May 2014

eLearning Job Market Research Report

eLearning Job Market Research Report:

 "Online learning is in the midst of massive growth. Inc. Magazine named online learning “One of the top eight most lucrative industries in which to start a business for 2013 and beyond,” and Money Magazine listed “instructional designer” as the 38th (out of 100) best job in America for this year, citing a 28.3% job growth rate through 2023, and an average salary range between $63,700 and $97,400."




Why Digital Learning Is Here To Stay

Why Digital Learning Is Here To Stay:

"Digital learning is coming whether people like it or not. The new standards call for it. Twenty-first century readiness requires it. Future jobs rely on it. There is no doubt that educational technology has the power to motivate kids, so why not harness that passion in the K-12 classroom? There are many reasons why digital learning has arrived and is here to stay."


Monday, 26 May 2014

Darren Cannell is Presenting...Everyone welcome...Plan to attend...

Saskatoon CSTD will be holding an event on May 28, at 5:30 pm at Nino's on Broadway. Darren Cannell, president of NexLev Inc. will be presenting on his journey making the transition from e - learning in the Catholic School system to the business work. Non - members welcome. If you would like more information feel free to comment here.   For 31 years Darren Cannell learnt many things as an educator, now he is planning and creating a vision of applying some of those learnings to the business world.   Do you want to know more...plan on dropping by Nino`s on Broadway.   Do you wonder if what he is doing can help your business?  Are you and educator thinking about making the switch from teaching to business?  He will have more questions than answers but which person doesn't.


Plan to attend....if you cannot make it, ask and we could cast it via the net...