After completing the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program in 2015, I obtained a grant to implement SSLP work within a new school structure at Wanniassa School, Tuggeranong, ACT – a school with 11% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, one of the largest populations in Canberra schools. This work, based on high expectations with high support, … Continue reading Changing the game: a school at the beginning of its high expectations-relationship journey
An ongoing commitment to excellence and improvement in the quality of teaching remains the stated value of every higher education institution in Australia. With increasingly sophisticated tools to extract ever more nuanced information, the actualisation of this goal should be clearer than ever before. But is actual progress being made? Or is this a case … Continue reading Are we paying lip service to the idea of quality improvement in teaching?
We all know that students love the investigative and experimental nature of Science and Technology. They value hands on experiences over all else. However, providing opportunities for such learning experiences is becoming harder as testing and data collection take hold in our schools. When you mention Science, kids think experiments and hands on learning, so … Continue reading STEAM Train: Outdoor Tinkering Studio
In the academic workplace, academics are increasingly expected to provide robust evidence of the quality, effectiveness and impact of their work. Academic work typically flows in four broad streams of activity: disciplinary research, teaching, institutional service and community service. Increasingly, each of these areas involves a commitment of time and effort that is devoted to … Continue reading The Curriculum Evaluation and Research (CER) framework
Whether you’re looking for a quick, fun activity or long term projects to boost STEM learning, we’ve got a collection of STEM activities to get the ball rolling this term! Science Watch liquid move without touching it by making magnetic slime Get term started with a bang with these exploding pop rockets Understand the characteristics … Continue reading STEM-spiration: 14 STEM activities for the new term!
Picture this… a school surrounded by complementary facilities and services, with learning at the heart of the community. Resources shared by all, a suite of spaces providing integration between learning and community, at the same time affording appropriate security and privacy for students. The school embedded in the fabric of its surrounds. Ahhh, a perfect … Continue reading Integrating planning for schools and community facilities: A vision for schools as community hubs
Across the world, education is going through a paradigm shift with a hype around “21st Century Learning”. But is Australia reaching the standard? A recent article, UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education, says it all. “There’s certainly a decline in real terms in the education space in Australia, partly … Continue reading 21st Century learning isn’t just about the fancy furniture
I recently read an article written by a leading professor in the education sector in Australia saying that vocational education is collapsing on itself due to Government policies, and the results are going to have a devastating impact on individuals and industries alike. This type of sentiment in my opinion is overly pessimistic, which makes … Continue reading Escaping the next dot com bust!