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 …

5 reasons why cultivating creativity in a crazy world is a non-negotiable

  Many have watched Brene Brown’s TED talks on the Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame. Last week I was travelling down the rabbit warren of finding a new e-book on Amazon, when I came across Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You …

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 …

Leaders in Learning – Barcelona 2014: A movement for grassroots change

              Just two schools: Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney + Col.legi Montserrat, Barcelona One conference: Leaders in Learning: Accelerating Change Conference 2-3 October 2014 90 participants: Australia, UK, Denmark, Sweden and, of course, Spain Passionate educators, architects, designers and service providers                 Two languages - Spanish …

Cutting through the edu-jargon: What does it mean to be a ‘coach’? 5 attributes of great coaches

Just like the term ‘facilitator’, the ‘coach’ is often used to describe the role of the educator and leader. When used, heads nod in agreement, and then what? Do we assume that we either know what it means, or are actually doing it?  ‘The Coach’ is quite a defined role and it is worth looking at …

Let’s change the way teachers learn, so we can change the way teachers teach #mim14

We’ve just concluded our fifth Making it Mobile workshop, held at Northern Beaches Christian School. Excited and passionate educators arrived from Queensland, Victoria, ACT, UK, NZ  and Sydney. At Making it Mobile we present a professional learning experience that gives meaningful and helpful input as well as providing teams with the time and the space to play …

Starting the year at NBCS: Putting the F.U.N in PD to build a positive culture of collaboration and connection.

We all knew it was coming.   At the end of 2013, as the school year was finishing, the construction (and demolition) crews were coming into NBCS. Project Barcelona, the much awaited development of transforming the physical space of ‘school’ into a whole new model was underway. The brief that principal Stephen Harris gave to …

Champion educators: There’s a place for boulders, but who are the new pebbles on the beach? #rethinkingPD

I enjoy my Twitter community. I personalise my use to my interest, seeking out fresh voices of education, practitioners and leaders who are in the day-to-day business of great learning and leading. We all know the big names  - but who are the day-to-day expert voices, the real thought-leaders who are working with kids and …