Diving Deep to Build Assessment Literacy – Step 2 of the Data Wise Improvement Process – Day 2

The focus of Day 2 of the Summer Institute is the work around both Organising for Collaborative Work and Building Assessment Literacy, (which comprise the Prepare Phase). At Elsternwick PS with new teachers joining the team and the existing staff digging deeper we found its a stage that is never exhausted…. Read more“Diving Deep to Build Assessment Literacy – Step 2 of the Data Wise Improvement Process – Day 2”

What about measuring learning found through cultural travel experiences to counterbalance missed schooling and lower national test scores?

At the recent ACER conference in Adelaide Stephen Zubrick presented a paper on school attendance and the effects on academic performance. The Sunday Age in Melbourne picked up the story with a headline “No safe level of missing school, study finds”. The authors methodology appears robust with over 415,000 students, 2.5… Read more“What about measuring learning found through cultural travel experiences to counterbalance missed schooling and lower national test scores?”

American History – learned over a weekend.

This post continues to be written by our four staff over in Boston – this time over the weekend exploring American history.  The weekend was spent exploring Boston’s significant history, namely its prominent place as the birthplace of American independence. We walked the ‘Freedom Trail’ which commenced at Boston Common;… Read more“American History – learned over a weekend.”

The ‘learning pit’ of Harvard: a data wise inquiry into what next!

We are at the end of our time at Harvard having had our presentation both acknowledged by the facility and celebrated by our American colleagues.It felt gooood! Our thinking was then sharpened over the remainder of the course to focus on the next level of work. Our goal to build… Read more“The ‘learning pit’ of Harvard: a data wise inquiry into what next!”

Sunday Street Festival at Harvard

Last Sunday we discovered the Sunday Festival at Harvard where they close the streets and have stalls selling a whole variety of goods (clothing, jewellery, food and lots of other interesting items). We discovered in one street the street chalk drawing competition. Each stall was sponsered by a local business… Read more“Sunday Street Festival at Harvard”

The Forbidden City – some photos and comments from a recent trip.

I have attached some shots of the Forbidden City that I toured as part of the Leaders Course in Beijing. Besides the fascinating history of the City which is nearly 700 years old its sheer size is amazing. It covers 178 acres so in a few hours we were only able… Read more“The Forbidden City – some photos and comments from a recent trip.”

Kishore Mahbubani – The New Asian Hemisphere.

Certainly one of the more challenging speakers at the recent World Convention of Principals was Kishore Mahbubani. For those not familiar with Kishore or his work, and I was one of them, he is currently a Professor in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and has published 3 significant books as… Read more“Kishore Mahbubani – The New Asian Hemisphere.”

World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals – Singapore – a hit!

I have just returned from the 9th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals in Singapore. It was truly an international convention with1,400 delegates from over 40 countries. It was also an opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues like Sita, who I first met whilst studying… Read more“World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals – Singapore – a hit!”