Category Archives: Education Leadership

A guest blogpost by Peter Townsend, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

This discussion about collaboration, collaboration between schools, and employers, and workplaces is not only timely and fascinating, it is also hugely important for the thousands of young New Zealanders – and to the nation’s economic and social future.

Frankly, it’s a discussion that needs to take place in virtually every department, in every school, in every community, and in every city and region. The challenge for education leaders, administrators, development offices, careers advisors, teachers, and those in charge of external or community relationships lies back at home – keeping the ideal of collaboration on colleagues’, communities’, and students’ minds every day. Read blog post >

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Key drivers of change are forcing us to deconstruct our industrial model of education and remix it to meet the needs for a vastly different world. Some of the key drivers influencing this remix are the exponential growth of knowledge; the explosion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the increased capabilities of virtual and online experience; a growing concern with the equity gap; and the frustration that current approaches are failing to provide learners with the skills and attributes they will need to address future economic, environmental and societal challenges.

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Schools are moving to new models of learning and becoming more aware of the need to scan the environment, to think beyond their current paradigms of schooling and to consider what is needed for the future success of learners. At least some schools… Read blog post >

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Collaboration, a global imperative in an increasingly complex world. That doesn’t mean it is always easy…or necessary. My ongoing research in this area has looked at what works in many different organisations. This post shares some of the ways in which collaboration in schools can be enhanced, presented as an infographic and expanded further below.

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Last night I had the privilege of talking with a group of parents about the sort of education they wanted for their children and future generations. One of the recurring themes was the importance of being able to connect globally. This is about developing personal and professional networks of all ages across many places. Their thinking was that if people had more opportunity to interact with different people they may become more tolerant and more culturally intelligent.

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Last weekend I had the privilege of working with a group of educational volunteers who are preparing to work in India, supporting untrained teachers to teach. They will be heading off in another month to work with seven schools. These schools serve the underprivileged in remote areas, in slums and in the city areas. They have limited resources yet they treat their work as a privilege. It is certainly a privilege to learn alongside them. Read blog post >

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Professor Stephen Heppell has challenged Christchurch to be the first city in the world that is focused on learning tourism. Indeed, where the whole of the Canterbury plains, as a whole system, focuses on learning. Read blog post >

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The Ministry of Education has just launched its website for Shaping Education in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the earthquakes that have devastated the area over the last year. The website is a really positive step, however it does need creative and innovative thinking to lead to the changes needed. So let everyone know that they should have a say and that they should check out the links that are provided on the site. Read blog post >

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