This school holidays eight of our staff are travelling together in New Zealand for our first PL tour. The tour is a short stay of 6 days with varied visits tailored to our staff needs that includes visiting:
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
Albany College – Project Impact Day
Dr Kerry Lee National Chair for Technology Education New Zealand
CEL – Catholic Educational Leadership – University of Auckland
Catholic Diocese Auckland
I am using this blog as a way of noting down the great practice we witness, the food for thought and the ideas we share on our visit.
DAY 1: Selwyn High School. . .
Sheryl showed us such great hospitality, her leaders were so giving with their time, they opened their classrooms up and shared stories of their successes as a learning community.
Great practice. . .
- Selwyn tool kit, taxonomy – nautical-themed: “Stand, Surf, SOAR” supported by a “wave of skills” *see the branded images below
- Students know the curriculum outcomes that are targets, they are tiered into success criteria in the stand, surf, soar proformas
- Curriculum/rubric given to students in the Selwyn Stand Surf Soar format using language they can understand, self-track, discuss their needs and what their learning targets are
- Students collect their own evidence of learning in Google Docs
- Design thinking cycle evident
- co-constructed learning targets, individualised learning plans
- Learner Mentors support them through parent-teacher convos
- House point systems drives co-curricular engagement and students manage pints in three categories: service, leadership and service to obtain a SILver award
- Student voice the centre of planning
- Common language of learning, Selwyn staff owned their brand, resources and posters demonstrating this were visible for all students to see
- Refuge students in their community feel welcomed and a part of the Selwyn way
Food for thought. . .
- Teachers use google docs to manage work/admin
- Russell Bishop PL pivotal for staff to discuss cultural responsibility, structured meeting times – 10min, 40min, 10min breakup of meeting time
- Teachers of common class groups meet to discuss target students and success stories and best practice
- Teachers don’t use textbooks, they create their own learning resources suited to their kids
DAY 2: Manukau Institue of Technology
Graeme, Toe and Gaynor manage pathways and transition at the Otara MIT campus. We loved hearing about how students can achieve success through their applied learning program, vocational courses, I was blown away by the student numbers: 13,623 students and 1458 courses!
The Pacifica campus and partner school campus appealed to my soft heart, hearing about the work they are doing to support disengaged and at-risk learners were really encouraging, their students are at the centre of their decisions and classrooms, content and courses are tailored to students needs.
Great practice. . .
- Once a student demonstrates they have reached an outcome, at any time in the year they progress to the next level/stage, this assess when ready approach is really motivating
- They remove barriers like uniform and use every opportunity to congratulate and celebrate student success – attendance awards and phone calls home
- Focus on family connections and partnerships – increase in PT interview attendance