Mindful learning

The challenge of re-imagining schooling is not about changing structures but mindsets. This was the theme of my keynote address at the ACE National Conference in Adelaide recently.  It is time for a new professional maturity.  Let me be clear that professional maturity is the courage to think differently, respond creatively and to act boldly … More Mindful learning

Enterprising schools

Harvard Professor, Richard Elmore once asked ‘is it possible that schools can continue to operate in the 19th century while the rest of society moves into the 21st century?’ The simple answer is no – although the adversarial position historically adopted by unions suggests otherwise. NSW and ACT Catholic employers are currently in the process of discussions with staff and … More Enterprising schools

What really matters

The Australian school year has barely begun and already attention has been diverted into debates over the national curriculum and teaching degrees.  What is interesting is that these both seem to be debates over general vs specific. Should a national curriculum be teaching specific knowledge and should teaching degrees be generalist? Certainly the ability to communicate clearly, … More What really matters

Mindsets

I’ve finished reading Carol Dweck’s seminal book, Mindsets. Dweck dedicates half of Chapter 7 to exploring what makes a great teacher.  It’s powerful reading because it illustrates how pervasive the messages students receive in classrooms are in reinforcing ‘fixed’ mindsets about intelligence.  Dweck writes “great teachers believe in the growth of intellect and talent, and … More Mindsets

Educating parents

A few months back, I received an email from Jack, an ed tech company director who had finished reading Educating Gen Wifi.  He felt compelled to write a post on his blog about the book and sent me a link to it. Jack confessed that it wasn’t until he was half way through the book … More Educating parents

Building capacity through strategic partnerships

For a number of years, we have had a strategic partnership with Republic Polytechnic (RP), a tertiary institution in Singapore that leverages problem-based learning to provide an industry-relevant curriculum to Diploma level. It is geared towards students becoming innovative and entrepreneurial professionals with global perspectives. A number of our schools in the Parramatta Diocese such … More Building capacity through strategic partnerships

Learning from Jobs

Steve Jobs had a profound influence on the world of technology.  One could argue that under his leadership Apple redefined the user experience so much so that technology has seamlessly integrated with every aspect of our lives. Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson has written a concise piece in this month’s Harvard Business Review on the Real … More Learning from Jobs

Expert teachers and visible learning

Our system’s strategic intent seeks to: improve the learning outcome for all students and ensure a professionally rewarding working life for teachers. A professionally rewarding work life for teachers is more than having a well-paid and contented workforce.  It concedes that without highly professional, committed, passionate teachers who believe every child can learn, there won’t … More Expert teachers and visible learning