Looking back on 2011

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending a graduation ceremony at The University of Notre Dame and witnessed 100 young student teachers graduate. Other than feeling very old, I was amazed by their enthusiasm and energy which was clearly evident in their demeanour. To see this gave me great hope in the future of … More Looking back on 2011

McKinsey 2010

The McKinsey report into ‘How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better’ was released last week. McKinsey examined 20 school systems around the world that are somewhere along the continuum of fair to great.  These include Singapore and Ontario but also systems in developing countries like Brazil and India.  These education are considered … More McKinsey 2010

Teachers ask how

There are no short cuts and there are many legitimate responses to new learning spaces. Stephen Heppell’s advice to teachers asking how they should work in new learning spaces is the simplest and clearest  I’ve heard  The key message here is to be inquisitive, innovative, and collaborative – there is no roadmap. And that’s part … More Teachers ask how

The moral purpose

Innovation expert, Charles Leadbeater was in Australian recently sharing his ideas on why we need better models of schooling to improve social cohesion. In moving towards greater efficiency, Leadbeater believes that our societies have focussed not on people but on processes, systems, structures and yes, technology. The work of public institutions like schools is not … More The moral purpose

Excuses vs Innovation

I’ve been exploring the need for professional integrity and intellectual rigour in previous posts and why exercising these within the profession would lead to a culture of innovation instead of excuses. We too often judge the quality of schooling on the results of students as if the onus and responsibility is on their shoulders to improve learning outcomes not … More Excuses vs Innovation