Cooperation vs Collaboration School Leadership

  • On 23-03-2020
“Are you operating at the level of cooperation or collaboration as a leadership team?” Through the inquiry into this question most leadership teams end up realising that they are mostly cooperating rather than collaborating. This is not a bad place to be but it highlights an area that school leadership teams can work upon to […]
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Part III – A Framework for Developing Teachers

  • On 14-05-2019
In Part I we discussed the influence of deficit versus developmental thinking on the rate of building a relationship and trust between a coach and the teacher.  In Part II we unpacked the Transformational and Strategic Leadership aspects that schools need to focus on when building leadership capacity in their schools. In this article we […]
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Part II – A Framework for Developing Teachers

  • On 18-03-2019
My intention in writing about this framework is to provoke some debate and deeper thought about HOW we can differentiate the coaching we provide to teachers and school leaders so we can sustainably develop “effective schools” and create a school ecology that fosters a culture of trust, collaboration, learning and improvement. In Part I we […]
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A Framework for Developing Teachers Part I

  • On 14-03-2019
When the Victorian Department of Education released the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes in 2015 I rejoiced – especially the initiative on “Building Leadership Teams”. This initiative was defined as: “Effective schools build an improvement culture by developing the capabilities of their leadership team. Schools do this by using evidence-based data, implementing proven coaching and feedback […]
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From Vision to Leadership in School

  • On 13-02-2018
Are you disrupting your school culture? Society is in the midst of an extraordinary period of disruption – partly driven by technology but I believe mostly driven by the unintended consequences of the technology (short media cycles, constant online connectedness, increasing self-focus and self-gratification, perceptions of anonymity online, globalisation, etc). The Age of Information seems […]
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But we’ve always done it this way! Challenging our assumptions…

  • On 22-01-2018
  Schools and teachers often ask us to support them in embedding the Technologies Curriculum or to talk about how they can go about nurturing critical and creative thinking better or deepening the problem solving skills of students or even developing the students to be active learners rather than passive ones. Whilst I think these […]
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Part 2 – Design Thinking and the Bendigo TECH School

  • On 04-08-2017
How we used the Design Thinking process to empower teachers to come to a deeper understanding of the design process and to come up with their own ideas to embed Design Thinking in their school. This is part 2 of the thinking and planning that went into creating a 90 minute design challenge that would […]
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Design Thinking and the Bendigo TECH School – Part 1

  • On 10-07-2017
A day of experiencing and using design thinking at the forthcoming Bendigo Tech school 10 Victorian Tech Schools As you may or may not have known the Victorian Department of Education is in the midst of establishing ten Tech schools in various regions around Victoria. The intent is that these “state-of-the-art Tech Schools will use […]
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Ethical Leadership and Integrity

  • On 05-06-2017
Why is integrity to the school values and vision so important to the notion of transforming the narrative? In the previous article of the Transforming the School Narrative series we explored the importance and power of beliefs and how they could support or hinder learning. The beliefs we focused on mostly related to those belonging […]
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