Capacity Building – Leadable – Efficiency is for Robots

The second of our “Leadables”- “Efficiency is for Robots”

A critical element of change leadership is “going slow to go fast”, but sometimes leaders need a short, sharp focus to generate professional learning conversations or for individual reflection.

Designed as “quick shots”, “Leadables” are intended to be used to provoke dialogue and focussed conversations around a variety of Leading, Teaching and Learning elements. Themes will be drawn from examples we are seeing in schools and organizations, questions we are encountering and new ideas and research around deep learning.

Artificial intelligence. On-line banking. Driverless cars. Tele-surgery. Robo accountants, lawyers, pilots. It’s incredible how those cheap little microchips that are preoccupied by algorithms can accomplish so much without ever taking a bathroom break! Robots are the paragon of efficiency!

Read on, reflect and take another look at our capacity building Teacher Self-Assessment tool.

Michael Fullan – Reflecting on School Leadership: An Australian Interview

Michael Fullan on Leadership…

Read about:

  • the role of public schools in a Democracy
  • Collaboration between schools
  • moral purpose
  • sustainable practice……and more

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Capacity Building – Feature Stories – “asking So What?”

Introducing the first of our “Feature Stories”- “Asking So What”

Every day, in deep learning classrooms across the world, there are exciting, inspiring, and thought generating stories unfolding….stories that need to be told.
Our Feature stories are a helpful tool for capacity builders looking to ignite interest and generate discussion about what deep learning looks like.

In this Feature Story, read about learners who are prompted by the question “How can we use our learning to make a difference?From the get go, the message to students is: this learning matters and you matter.

Download this feature story here.

 

Capacity Building – Leadable – Trusty Tools

Introducing the first of our “Leadables”- “Trusty Tools”

A critical element of change leadership is “going slow to go fast”, but sometimes leaders need a short, sharp focus to generate professional learning conversations or for individual reflection.

Designed as “quick shots”, “Leadables” are intended to be used to provoke dialogue and focussed conversations around a variety of Leading, Teaching and Learning elements. Themes will be drawn from examples we are seeing in schools and organizations, questions we are encountering and new ideas and research around deep learning.

Click here to access Leadable 1.1 – Trusty Tools, which focuses on how we can use the NPDL Learning Progressions.

Podcast – From Me to Us

NPDLConnect Podcast series

 

Human exchange in a ´digitalized´world has turned the capacity to collaborate into a vital skill to develop professional knowledge. 

John Mavorec sees this shift as a ´knowmad society´. Whereas industrial society required people to settle in one place and perform a specific function; technologies allow a new paradigm of workers to arise, performing from anywhere, re contextualizing their work environments and relationships. 

How does this new way of learning and develop talent is reflected in the ways we are re-thinking schools?

How can we capitalize the use of technology to develop meaningful professional exchanges, human and social capital?

In this Podcast three educators that are leading the shift from ´my school´ to ´our network´as New Zealand´s Ministry of Education furthers COLs –Communities of Learning– as a National strategy. 

 

To talk about what turns collaboration into a catalyzer of improvement in schools; Donna Buschanan (Addington School), Liz Williams (Sacred Heart School) and Chris Panther (Thorrington School) from Kahukura Cluster of Schools in Christchurch, New Zealand.

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Kerry right here and now or

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Podcast – Kerry Hall

NPDLConnect Podcast series

How do learning environments support new pedagogies?

How do they enable deeper learning?

Given a blank canvas, what could our learning spaces look like?

In this podcast, we hear about Cashmere Primary’s challenge to rebuild their school after the devastating Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. From the ashes rose an opportunity to imagine new beginnings, where teachers and architects collaborated, driven by pedagogy, to create living learning spaces.

This conversation with Kerry Hall is an invitation to challenge our assumptions on how a classroom could look, and consider what the space is really for. It also addresses the tension that arises when changing the environment inevitably requires a transformation of ´how we do things´, and how that shift, represents, in the end, a real payoff.

More on this story:
Cashmere Primary is part of the Kahakura New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Cluster.
We invite you take a closer look on how other Christchurch schools have addressed the opportunity and challenge to re-conceive their learning environments and purpose-build furniture. Link (YouTube)

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Kerry right here and now or

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Podcast – Scott Millman and Helen Leyden

NPDLConnect Podcast series

Between the macro and the micro level visions for educational change, and as we work on making change happen, there are gaps that sometimes end in superficial or false signals of change.
´Leadership from the middle´ has a pivotal role shaping implementation to achieve coherence, turning what education should be into what education really is in each country and community.
In this podcast, we will hear Helen and Scott’s thoughts about practicalities of change, re-professionalising teaching, grunt monkeys, designing beyond mediocrity and student agency, amongst others!

Helen Leyden is Deputy Principal of Teaching at Learning Sunshine Beach High School and Scott Millman is Head of Teaching and Learning at Nambour State College.  Helen and Scott have not only major roles in shaping NPDL implementation in their schools, but are also a force for local change in a 29 School NPDL Cluster in Queensland, Australia.

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Helen and Scott right here and now or

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Podcast – Bruce Jepsen

NPDLConnect Podcast series

When thinking about the future of education and how to reshape it for the modern era, we expect ¨the new¨ to emerge from the balance between the aspects we want to keep and those we want to change. This equation is easier said than done, especially when we consider that  whole education system change will impact on the country´s cultural foundation for generations to come.

In this podcast, Bruce Jepsen shares how overlooking our culture when thinking about educational change can make us lose not only our place of belonging, but also, academic outcomes. He also analyses how the relationship between ancestral legacy and high end technology presents a renewed opportunity to preserve what is most valued. Bruce shows us how achievement and education in general, is an holistic enterprise, and talks about what ancestral elements are overlooked when we think of reshaping modern education.

Bruce Jepsen is the Principal of Te Akau Ki Papamoa School, located on the shores of Papamoa Beach, New Zealand. He has lead the school from underachievement to over achievement by putting his ancestral Maori cultural legacy and the use of technology at the heart of the school’s vision, turning his school into the 1st Apple Distinguished School in the country and linking with Google in 2016 in a successful 1 to 1 story.

Bruce Jepsen is also the Lead School Principal of Cluster 18 and a Mentor for New Principals in New Zealand (FTTP Mentor).

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Bruce right here and now or

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Podcast – Derek Wenmoth

NPDLConnect Podcast series

Derek Wenmoth is the Director of eLearning for Core Education Ltd, a not for profit referential educational research and development organization in NZ.  Derek, and CORE, focus on transforming education in NZ by enabling modern learning. Derek is also Cluster Lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, and has vast experience as a teacher and principal at the primary and secondary level in New Zealand.

Derek is regarded as one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, and is regularly asked to consult with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of New Zealand educational policy and practice.

In this Podcast Derek reflects on teacher agency, the historical legacy that holds us back from changing educational practice and the need to act with what he terms an ´8 wire mentality’.  It’s an interesting conversation about how and what should be improved to make schools relevant in the 21st century, without losing the essence of every community’s culture and identity.

 

Learn more about Derek Wenmoth or read his blog  or follow him on Twitter @dwenmoth

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Derek right here and now or

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Podcast – Joanne McEachen

NPDLConnect Podcast series

In this Podcast Joanne McEachen analyzes how to create ways to understand and communicate what is important to measure, so every learner can engage, be empowered and experience success in school. Joanne reflects on how education international rankings have a pivotal role in defining the way we teach globally.

Why assessment can be a platform for change or a strong reason for status quo? Why is multiple choice over and how can assessment be a driver for change?

Joanne´s work champions education system change by making sense of what works and what doesn’t – interrogating paradigms and methodologies through the eyes of the learner.

Her experience spans all layers of the education system: as a teacher, principal, Superintendent, and whole system leader at the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Currently she is the the Global New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning working around the world to transform learning by implementing major realignments in education. As CEO and Founder of The Learner First she fosters deep transformation in schools and systems, helping them shift from learning from standardized to personalized by putting the Learner First.

To learn more about Joanne McEachen

Twitter @joannemceachen
Books:
Making the Important Measurable (Not the Measurable Important)
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (Leading Transformation in Schools, Districts and Systems) -with Joanne Quinn and Michael Fullan- coming soon

 

To Listen: Click the podcast below to hear Joanne right here and now or

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