Koroboro International School recently hosted its inaugural Festival of Learning. I was fortunate enough to have been a part of the celebration alongside 350+ local educators and leaders. While there are obvious differences between our schools and systems, what is evident in PNG and here is the equity gap. The rich are getting richer, the … More Equality and quality are linked
The whole notion of the school curriculum has, in recent times, been subjected to insistent pressures and numerous reviews. In fact, we are awaiting the recommendations of a review into the NSW curriculum to ensure it is ‘preparing students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.’ The realisation that the Industrial Age … More Curriculum unlimited
When schools get it right they don’t just have a positive impact on students but the entire community. Recently, I learned that two of my colleagues decided to embark on a career working in and for schools because of the opportunity to see great teachers in action. One of those is Cheryl Brown, principal Bethany … More Bluyonder voices podcast #14 – Championing learning
The most effective relationships are built on mutual respect and trust. According to John Hattie in Visible Learning, when respect, trust, care and cooperation are present, it creates an environment where errors are ‘not only tolerated, but also welcomed.’ It’s a theme that runs through Stephen Covey’s best-seller, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, in particular … More Are schools aiming for a win-win?
My position on technology, especially mobile phones in schools has not changed in a decade. In fact, as technologies become increasingly sophisticated, the worst school systems can do is flee from the overwhelming impact of the digital/knowledge age. I firmly believe that technology isn’t the biggest challenge in schools today. We operate in an environment … More Powering education through AI
A colleague of mine spent a week at Harvard Business School earlier this year learning how to apply scientific methodologies to strategic decision-making. The course drew participants from all sectors and all parts of the world. Yet very few in education. Telling perhaps? The premise is that if you are going to roll out a … More Can we apply scientific rigour to teaching?
I attended a summit in Sydney last week where representatives of some of the biggest companies and brands spoke: Disney, Atlassian, Uber and Qualtrics. What unites each of these organisations is an unrelenting focus on the ‘people experience’. Customer and employee satisfaction drives everything and it is what propels them to reach new heights. The … More Speak less, listen more
There is a fallacy that still persists in schooling. It is the fallacy of standardisation and homogenisation and those like Professor Yong Zhao, have been vocal about the negative consequences of continuing down this path. He says: For a long time education has been about imposing on all children the same set of skills and … More Don’t be another brick in the wall
As an election pledge, Labor announced in February and then re-announced last week that it would establish a ‘National Principals’ Academy’ in an effort to have ‘the best school system in the world’. While there are a whole range of issues here that need to be addressed, we always welcome greater focus on the important … More It takes a village, not an academy to teach a child
The move to have early learning centres attached to primary schools is a response to the research showing the positive impact quality early learning has on students’ academic and life outcomes. Here in Western Sydney, the demand for new schools is increasing as the population grows. This challenges us to think about how we provision … More What is pre to post schooling?