How can schools be fit for purpose? High Tech High – passion, creativity, aesthetics #PBL

It’s one thing to say tech geniuses don’t need degrees. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of college. But now we’ve got David Karp, who doesn’t even have a high school diploma. Karp, 26, founded Tumblr, the online blogging forum, and sold it to Yahoo for $US1.1 billion. (fullContinue reading “How can schools be fit for purpose? High Tech High – passion, creativity, aesthetics #PBL”

‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 3 | Three comprehensive schools in England

In parts of England a young person’s educational future is determined by an exam taken at age 11. It will decide if the student attends a grammar school or local comprehensive for their secondary schooling and traditionally, the whether they get to university and the status of that university. We visited four comprehensive high schools thatContinue reading “‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 3 | Three comprehensive schools in England”

‘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 reflection: Two things enduring leaders don’t do

There are probably many things that makes a great leader , one who brings significant transformation. This is an observation of leaders I encountered and a couple of generalisations. In the course of our travel over the last few weeks, I met some very different educational leaders from schools in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and England thatContinue reading “#SCIL11 reflection: Two things enduring leaders don’t do”

#scil11 Study Tour “The best PD a principal can do”

This was the quote of one of the principals who joined us on the inaugural SCIL Study Tour. I am still to write posts about the schools in England we visited and other reflections, but I need to take this opportunity for shameful promotion, that international travel, with a team of committed professionals can beContinue reading “#scil11 Study Tour “The best PD a principal can do””

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”