“Minister for Learning”… now how would that change the focus of education in our nation?

In Australia we are in an interesting political environment. When the government was finally decided and the portfolios handed out many of us in education were bemused by the decision to appoint the "Minister for Schools, Early Childhood and Youth" - prior to the swearing in of the minister this was hastily changed to  include "education" - [...]

Lesson in Vision #2: “Oh, the vision-thing”

"Oh the vision-thing" This response was from George Bush Snr when it was suggested he needed a less short-term political approach to his tenure as President. A great vision stirs my emotion, compels me to act and keeps me going. A great vision inspires innovation and creativity, it makes me try new things, take risks and dream big. I [...]

The handshake: Getting it ‘just right’

This is one of those important practicalities of leadership - the handshake. With an election looming here in Australia, many can remember that pivotal moment of the 2004 election. The Labor leader Mark Latham's handshake almost wrestled the then PM John Howard as they passed in a corridor between radio interviews, pulling him close and staring him [...]

Are we doing the best for our students?

What are the critical skills for employability? For these workers the general preparation for work was basic knowledge: Technical skills Scientific skill Reading Writing Arithmetic What are the crucial skills needed in this workplace? Applied skills... Global literacy | Digital Literacy Culturally sensitive | Languages Creativity | Innovation Flexibility | Agility | Nimbleness People skills [...]

A new vision for schools in Australia…Are you up for it?

Vision – an overused and perhaps under-delivered concept. It is the picture of a preferred future. What would a vision of a preferred future look like for schools in Australia? A place where students want to learn and they do A generation who are lifelong learners A curriculum that engages and inspires A place where [...]