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Gonski? Let’s get serious about school improvement
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Tony Bryk Australian tour kicks off
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Network for Evidencing Transformative Learning
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Rethinking Educational Leadership: mapping the terrain of leadership in learning organisations in conditions of complexity, diversity and change
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Learning Power: new research identifies Mindful Agency as central to resilience

Gonski? Let’s get serious about school improvement

Good news: the Prime Minister is reconsidering his government’s decision not to fund the remaining educational reforms recommended in 2011 by the Gonski Report. However, the depressing track record of so many school improvement efforts was highlighted last week when new education minister Simon Birmingham noted: We need to acknowledge that state and federal governments have ploughed lots more money into schools in recent years and with all of that extra money we haven’t necessarily seen improved educational outcomes” […] “There’s far more to getting better outcomes than just putting more money on the table.” And he’s right. New work from Tony Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, in Australia this week, shows just why educational[…]

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Tony Bryk Australian tour kicks off

Ruth, Chris and I are delighted to be hosting Tony Bryk this week, with colleagues at a series of events in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Tony is the leading figure in the Educational Improvement Science movement, and we look forward to stimulating conversation with colleagues at  the NSW and VIC Departments for Education, and leaders from diverse school contexts. Learn more. . .

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Network for Evidencing Transformative Learning

          Network for Evidencing Transformative Learning The Learning Emergence team is collaborating in setting up a Networked Improvement Community for enhancing Students’ Resilient Agency. Working initially with schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, there are already aspects of this Network for Evidencing Transformative Learning (NETL)  in place, aligned to school improvement priorities. Purpose The (NETL) brings together teachers, school leaders and researchers to design and develop a Networked Improvement Community with the shared purpose of improving pedagogy to enhance students’ resilience in their learning and life narratives. Leaders’ learning will focus on enabling teachers to engage productively in professional enquiry tuned to school improvement. Teacher learning will focus on pedagogies that support students’ resilience in learning and[…]

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Rethinking Educational Leadership: mapping the terrain of leadership in learning organisations in conditions of complexity, diversity and change

Rethinking Educational Leadership: an Open Space Symposium The purpose of the Symposium was to provide experienced practitioners and researchers with an opportunity to bring fresh thinking to the current challenges facing school leaders and to generate new ideas about leadership development. The Open Space Technology provided a means of capturing the collective intelligence generated by the group in response to the core question. This post reports on the outcomes of this Open Space Symposium which was held in 2013. It was designed as the beginning of an ongoing conversation. Open Space Technology: harnessing collective intelligence Open Space Technology is an intentional leadership practice which can create an inspired community of practice, where people work together to create a synergy which is more than[…]

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Learning Power: new research identifies Mindful Agency as central to resilience

For learning in the complex world of risk,  uncertainty and  challenge, what matters is being able to identify, select, collect, collate, curate and collaboratively re-construct information to suit a particular purpose. This is why there has been a sustained and growing interest in learning dispositions and the personal qualities people, teams and communties need to flourish. As Edgar Morin says: We need a kind of thinking that reconnects that which is disjointed and compartmentalized, that respects diversity as it recognizes unity, and that tries to discern interdependencies. We need a radical thinking (which gets to the root of problems), a multidimensional thinking, and an organizational or systemic thinking After fifteen years of experience in the research and practical application of learning power using a survey tool called the Effective Lifelong[…]

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