Innovating learning environments: 4 ways to think about sustaining change

We love the photos of cool learning spaces with funky furniture They are captivating, inspiring, but it is impossible to know the full story from a tweeted photo. Recently I’ve had numerous opportunities to talk about the context for change and  several resonating themes are emerging around people and change: That chair/table/tech won’t be the silver bullet It’sContinue reading “Innovating learning environments: 4 ways to think about sustaining change”

Does context & culture play a part in the Finnish education story?

After writing the post on phenomenon-based learning in Finland there was a great discussion, comments on the post and a LinkedIn thread. It really makes ideas come alive when we engage in discussion. So thanks to Seetha, Bernadette, Kristina, Rebecca and Matt. The emerging themes were: Curriculum review has collective responsibility and ownership 15 minuteContinue reading “Does context & culture play a part in the Finnish education story?”

10 ideas to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset at school

There are immense opportunities for this generation of students. Demographer Bernard Salt found that the development of new technology also creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs: Connectivity will impact on all types of jobs, even those not strictly in the technology space – but they will make greater use of technology. According to  Salt a cultureContinue reading “10 ideas to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset at school”

Community Resilience: Learning from Christchurch

Enroute to Christchurch this morning I picked up a copy of TIME and read this article Bounce back: Scientists know what some people rebound so well from setbacks. By Mandy Oaklander The study found that factors like having a tight-knit community, a stable role model and a strong belief in their ability to solve problemsContinue reading “Community Resilience: Learning from Christchurch”

Onboarding our new staff – Getting the 3Cs right: culture, conventions and connections #onboardNBCS

What happens when I step onboard a plane? Well, I’m about to *start an adventure. I’m going someplace with a bunch of other people. *There is a team of helpful people on hand to get me where I need to go and help me along the way. I may (or may not) engage with myContinue reading “Onboarding our new staff – Getting the 3Cs right: culture, conventions and connections #onboardNBCS”

A community of peace: It depends on me #Ichoosepeace

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see peace shattered, either on a global level or a local level. Why do we pursue peace? What is the point of upholding peace as a virtue? At this time of the year the word ‘Peace’ has front of stage. It’s on Christmas cards, street signs andContinue reading “A community of peace: It depends on me #Ichoosepeace”

Back in the game: My new rules for social media engagement #itsnotallaboutme

“No leader can afford to lead as they did in the Industrial Age. This is a new era with new rules. All around us, the entire world is flattening, democratising, and socialising.” (HBR) I’ve been relatively quiet on social media over the last few months. Sometimes it’s good to reassess and rethink what we do and whyContinue reading “Back in the game: My new rules for social media engagement #itsnotallaboutme”

A very personal reflection on faith in the richness of community: Freedom of – not from – religion

There is a debate in Australia about Christian influence in schools, as recipients of public funds. Many see faith represented across society as a relic of the past. As a Christian I live my faith in everyday life and I am unable to separate who I am and what I do from what I believe.Continue reading “A very personal reflection on faith in the richness of community: Freedom of – not from – religion”

Change Agents are Leaders: The four transitions toward culture change in your school

Change, culture and leadership are concepts that are inseparable. Achieving the desired culture for your team or school requires a process of change, and leadership is essential to make this happen. In my last post I encouraged you to consider leading change and taking on the role of  a change agent wherever you are inContinue reading “Change Agents are Leaders: The four transitions toward culture change in your school”

Charting a course for change: Is your culture the elephant in the room? (and other mixed metaphors)

Peter Drucker once famously said,  “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Culture: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society How would you describe your school or organisation’s culture? Positive, vibrant and exciting? Demoralised, weary and fearful? Or somewhere in between? Leaders are in the process of continuous change, taking people on a journey.Continue reading “Charting a course for change: Is your culture the elephant in the room? (and other mixed metaphors)”