Ask the insiders

I spent the first week of the NSW school holidays at the ACEL national conference in Sydney. I was amazed that many teachers had travelled from as far away as Western Australia to attend. It was great to see such strong commitment to professional learning and networking but the irony is that most return to … More Ask the insiders

Leading for the future

I have just completed the first part of my professional learning which involved participating in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. The ALP is an intensive three week aimed at exploring the challenges of leading for Organisational Change in to the future. It provides senior executives space to re-calibrate and … More Leading for the future

Game changers

Marketer and entrepreneur, Seth Godin recently wrote a blog on pattern recognition versus pattern matching. Godin writes that “Some people have erroneously concluded that the way to succeed is to slavishly follow what’s come before. Pattern matching is for amateurs… pattern recognition is a priceless skill that comes with practice, with the experience of noticing. The art is to see … More Game changers

Rebooting innovation

In 1979, Sony produced the first portable cassette device – the Walkman.  It was a game changer for consumers and the music industry. Sony ended up selling 200 million devices worldwide.  Long before Apple or even Google established themselves as innovators, there was Japan. The BBC recently had an interesting article on how Japan is trying to ‘reboot innovation’.  In … More Rebooting innovation

Where to from here?

As another year comes to a close it reminds me of the mechanical process of schooling. Our schools are placed in “mothballs” for six weeks and then the system fires up again in late January.  I wonder if the school year could be significantly different from the last? It’s heartening to hear AITSL Chair, Professor John Hattie say recently that we are already having an … More Where to from here?

The radical centre

On Monday night I had the pleasure of hearing Noel Pearson deliver the annual Bishop Manning lecture.  Pearson is founder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership.  In discussing the complexities and challenges facing indigenous communities, Pearson explained that he saw himself as a radical centralist – someone committed to left wing objectives through right … More The radical centre

A global village

I’ve just returned from the UK where I had been invited to participate in the CSCLeaders conference.  CSC is an annual global conference that brings together about 100 leaders from across the Commonwealth.  The conference is run in partnership between Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference which began in 1956. … More A global village

Lessons from Ramona

Ramona Pierson is a remarkable woman. I have blogged about her after seeing her speak at TED. She has an incredible story and it’s a lesson about the power of learning. I recently shared the stage with her at the !dea11 conference in Melbourne.  It was a privilege to be able to speak with somebody who … More Lessons from Ramona

Wisdom of the crowd

As always, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves were excellent at The Quest Conference.  They managed to engage an audience of a thousand educators on the core work of school improvement.  It’s why their work resonates with so many people around the world. Fullan and Hargreaves continue to build on the foundations of their work – solutions are found … More Wisdom of the crowd

Talking about teaching

A full day of discussions on the directions of education and the challenges in providing K – 12 schooling. The morning began with a round table meeting with members of Learning and Teaching Scotland. Margaret Alcorn,  Laurie O’Donnell, John Connell, Catriona Oates, Frank Crawford from HMIe and others talked through a ranges of concerns and … More Talking about teaching