Repurposing unlikely spaces for a school: A photo essay

A school doesn’t need to be purpose-built. In Australia, the commonly held view that a new school needs to locate a greenfield site to grow a school. In other parts of the world it is more common to local a disused building, a brownfield site. Greenfield sites have not previously been built on. This includes the greenbelt landContinue reading “Repurposing unlikely spaces for a school: A photo essay”

Nokia, Ikea & Pickled Herrings: Learning from Scandinavia #CEFPI #SCIL (Part 2)

I presented a talk at the CEFPI NSW seminar that reflected on what we can learn from Scandinavia. It is an amalgam of my trips there over the last couple of years, to see what ideas, philosophies, learning spaces and systems that are in use and are successfully engaging students in their learning.  (There isContinue reading “Nokia, Ikea & Pickled Herrings: Learning from Scandinavia #CEFPI #SCIL (Part 2)”

‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 1 | Denmark & Sweden

What if you threw 10 educational leaders together, to travel to places in Europe and the UK for two weeks? This is what happened last month, as we embarked on a trip to learn from places of unique interest, share ideas, challenge one another and have a lot of fun along the way. Here areContinue reading “‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 1 | Denmark & Sweden”

#scil11 Krokslatt Kunskapsskolan: Space and pedagogy working together

A great school is not just about designing a clever space, you knew that. From what we observed today we saw a model where the design of the spaces supports the model for learning. The essential elements are: A passionate leader A scalable and workable system The quality of relationships across the community Students takeContinue reading “#scil11 Krokslatt Kunskapsskolan: Space and pedagogy working together”

Lifting Vision | Leaders Learning – SCIL Study Tour 2011

Vision becoming reality I am energized when a dream or vision for the future, one that I have been working on for some time, finally becomes reality. In less than two weeks we embark on the next big adventure About 1 year ago I was traveling with my colleagues from SCIL/NBCS on the study tour,Continue reading “Lifting Vision | Leaders Learning – SCIL Study Tour 2011”