Shifting the practice of education from polite cooperation to purposeful collaboration

Cooperation or collaboration? In lists of the various ‘Cs’ of the 21st century ‘collaboration always seems to make an appearance. In this past week I worked with a group of educators, looking at agile learning spaces, thinking about how we need to work to ensure engaged learning for students in these spaces. The necessity of …

Growing a professional learning community in your school: ONE thing that you need first.

Effective and lasting change in schools, or any organisation for that matter, is a result of a strategic process, designed to meet the needs of the school, rather than ‘sending a couple of teachers off to a workshop'. When I first started at SCIL we decided to run workshops on a variety of educational topics, such as ‘Learning …

It’s time to rethink pre-service and early career teachers… We want them to stay!

In the second week of the new school year in Australia the Grattan Institute, an independent think tank, released the report Engaging Students - Creating classrooms that improve learning. It is important to consider the holistic environment that promotes learning and engagement in students. Student behaviour and the choices that they make are critical to …

A Leadership Strategy: Ask not what your people can do for you (rather, the other way around)

My part in the research project ILETC is looking at the role of the teacher, adapting and changing mind frames and practices to take the opportunities that the innovative learning environment affords. This cannot happen in a vacuum, it is effective and lasting when change is the result of leadership, clear vision and the collective pursuit …

We just want a [insert big idea here]. The three As of culture change

It seems that a lazy long weekend gives enough time to chase down a rabbit hole or two. Each day I receive an update from Medium, a community of readers and writers offering unique perspectives on ideas large and small. Of course, as with most of these things, we sign up with good intentions, but there …

Happy teachers matter: Seven things school leaders can do to create the optimal culture

What are some of the things that make us happy in our work? A sense of a job well done Confidence in our abilities Great people to work with Feeling valued for our efforts Being heard and understood In March 2015 the OECD released a report from the International Summit on the Teaching Profession: Schools …

How do you lead innovation in schools? Step 1: Unlearn some old stuff & Step 2: Learn some new stuff

School leaders - here's a quick quiz Are you prepared for disruption, mess and opposing viewpoints? Do you think you can successfully challenge the status quo? Can you throw out conventional approaches to leadership? Will you stick to it for the long haul? Yes? Then read on. Making It Mobile is the SCIL signature workshop for educators coming …

Lasting leadership requires finding my authentic self… How did I start?

Leadership is like the metaphorical iceberg. What we actually see in a successful leader is only a fifth of what it really takes. The real work of being a leader occurs in the four fifths below the surface, internal work. Authenticity is essential for the long haul. In the last few months I started running, …

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 my …

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 why …