We have a great variety of professional learning that is being delivered this week by our Kāhui Ako teachers. Due to COVID levels some of the workshops are online, some are pre - recorded and face to face.
This has been an event that we began preparing for during Term 2. There is no perfect time for after school meetings so we appreciate the work by everyone to prepare and make time to attend a workshop. We will gather feedback and make plans for 2021 to continue to build on how we can share and engage in professional learning. One of the key prompts in designing our workshops was from our work with Linda.
As a great host how can I create learning environments where everyone feels:
Blurb: A 20 minute Zoom session to introduce ideas, links and resources to help make our everyday primary teaching more culturally responsive. Afterwards, there will be an optional discussion for anyone who wishes to chat about their ideas and experiences.
Covid Catharsis - through the lens of Wellbeing, Agency and Culturally Responsive Practice
Presenters: Jenny Caldwell and Tia Greenstreet from Wellington College
Blurb: This session looks at the positives and negatives which came out of the lockdown from student and teacher voice. As a Kahui Ako we asked for recommendations and things that we did well which we would like to build on or change after our experience. This session would ask you what worked or what you learnt in your setting and see if there is more we could be doing as a community to improve outcomes for our achievement challenges.
Staff Wellbeing at WGC Presenter: Kailagh Harford, Wellington Girls’ College Blurb: This workshop will focus on our journey here at WGC towards improving our focus and outcomes on supporting staff wellbeing.
Learning Support Delivery Model - The Good, the Bad, the questions? Presenter: Rachel Hall, Wellington Girls’ College Blurb: What to know more about the Learning Support Delivery Model? or what it is? This is brief introduction and overview of where to next for our Kāhui Ako and the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
Student Agency Presenters: Brad Dry from Wellington College Blurb: A look at the different levels and types of student agency offered in Kāhui Ako schools.
Strong transition supporting wellbeing Presenters: Andrea Peetz from Karori Normal and Arina Tulitua from Wellington College Blurb: Andrea (Deputy Principal) and Arina Tulitua (Dean) will discuss how a strong transition between Primary and Secondary can support students' success as they change schools.
Online Learning with a UDL Approach Presenters: Chrissie Butler and Linda Ojala, Core Education
Blurb: Chrissie and Linda will share with you some tips about online learning with a UDL approach in mind as we navigate through these changes.
How collaborative practice can promote learner agency? Presenter: Hillary Lintott Blurb: Some of the work we have done around creating a collaborative vision and working towards creating a curriculum that allows for learner agency. We are still at the start of this process so I can share some of what we are doing but see this as a chance for people to share their knowledge, systems and practice and discuss together. Bring anything along that you would like to share and any questions you have.
How might we use Design Thinking to promote learner agency? Presenter: Victoria Sharp Blurb: This is a hands-on workshop where we will look to introduce Design Thinking through a literacy lens and how this might encourage collaboration, innovation and learner agency within your classroom.
Forum for sharing ideas to bring more student choice into our junior classrooms Presenter: Karen Overell Blurb: This is a workshop for discussing and sharing ideas to promote more student choice in our junior classrooms as well as providing opportunities for networking and generating interest for across school visits.
Wellbeing through Play - how does it benefit the children and what do they really think? Presenters: Phil McIntosh, Lisa Hadfield and Helena Henley Blurb: A discussion and information workshop around the benefits of Play in the classroom and how these support transition from year to year throughout our junior school. This will be an interactive session with opportunities to share your thoughts. We would also love to find out what you would like to see from students coming from primary schools in the future.
Process Drama Presenters: Jamie Quayle and Libya Munn Blurb: Summary of a process drama unit and how it affected student engagement. Student focus group sessions, in which they discuss and reflect on successful and unsuccessful learning, will be shared. Any particular activities they mention can be explored. Jamie and Libya will share their ideas around student agency and voice in this unit.
A journey toward effective collaborative planning and teaching of maths in ILE spaces Presenter: Alex Oliver Blurb: Our school's current rebuild from single cell spaces to an ILE inspired this inquiry into the ways we might plan and teach together. We were already involved in maths PLD and see the growth of collaborative practice as a further opportunity to build teacher capability.
Children’s Working Theories In The Inquiry Based Classroom Presenters: Emma McElrea and Judith Urr
Blurb: This workshop will look at how to use questioning and other tools to gather information on children's working theories on an inquiry topic. It will also cover using these working theories to guide the learning process.
Using Talk Moves to increase Productive Maths Talk in the classroom Presenters: Jane Batchelor Blurb: Using Talk Moves encourages students to actively engage and participate in rich mathematical discussions. Talk Moves (revoicing, adding on, etc) is a useful tool, giving students confidence to express their ideas and lead their learning in a respectful way. I'll share our journey with using Talk Moves to increase student engagement in productive maths talk.
Developing a school Kapa Presenter: Liam Boyle and Jono Belczacki Blurb: After gathering student voice from our school, we feel there is a need to develop a Kawa that will become the framework for cultural practice within our school. This presentation will briefly share some of the messages that came from our students, outline what a Kawa is, and what our next steps in developing this are.
The Learning Pit and Growth Mindset Presenters: Rob Everett and Trish Blacktop Blurb: A discussion around how using Growth Mindset, the Learning Pit and positive self-talk helps students develop agency over their feelings and their learning.
Relationship Building with L.O.V.E. Presenters: Mark Tinkle and Patrick Smith Blurb: A mid-year reminder that relational practice is the most important thing in our profession.
Who is Managing Student Pathways? Presenters: Karl White Blurb: As a parent, teacher or a learner who is at the center of the decision making process for the students of today. What impact does the subject option choices have on a year 10 students career pathway next year and beyond? What are some of the challenges?
We have created an online booking system so that all staff are able to visit our six schools to find out about our individual learning environments and connect with others. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone. We are hoping the workshops that are on offer in early September will influence staff to visit others to see teaching and learning in action in our schools.
On 28th August we came together to continue our sharing and learning together and common understandings around culturally responsive practice. We have two more sessions to get us closer to crafting a Kāhui Framework that we can use in our schools to support self review of our implementation of effective practice. We are being challenged in our thinking and deepening our understanding of one another and the different perspectives we bring to our work. We spent time unpacking Tātaiako and listened. Kathe provides challenges
How do we currently serve, and care, for our learners? What opportunities are there for students to strengthen their language, identity and culture? Who is at the table and part of our conversations? What local stories and/or significant landmarks can the students connect to historically?
During the day we had time to read and respond. Here are two readings that should be of interest. What are the challenges for you and your space? From rākau to ngākau. The history I wasn’t taught
Our Hui for Across School Leaders and Within Teachers in late July focused on Designing Workshops for colleagues. This was the first time we had all connected face to face since lockdown and we all enjoyed reconnecting with one another.
The purpose: To focus on an aspect of our work that could influence, challenge others to improve outcomes for students in our community.We started with sharing our ideas on Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle. Andrea led the session and we reflected individually on the following prompts;
What’s in your circle of Influence? What’s in your circle of control? What’s in your circle of concern?
We were then ready to engage in the second part of the day led by Linda Ojala.
The purpose: To use UDL to support the design of our online and face to face learning with Colleagues.
We knew we needed to design our workshops carefully and be prepared to offer these face to face, online or a combination just in case Alert levels changed. Using the UDL approach we considered ways to be a great host, learnt a few tips and strategies to engage with others when on line and considered how to design a workshop that would share information and encourage our colleagues to participate. This link will take you to a great blog on Distance Learning. http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2020/05/distance-learning-thoughts-on-inclusive-design.html
We reflected on our own experiences of being part of zoom or google meets while in lockdown to help us identify barriers and provide options for those attending our workshops in the first week of September.
Linda provided us with some key resources as supports for being effective hosts during our workshops and using the Universal Design for Learning principles to guide our planning. We acknowledge Chrissie Butler (CORE) for the graphics and Linda Ojala (CORE)for the resources
On Friday 24th July we gathered together to continue participating in discussion around what Culturally responsive practice might look like for us all. Our key focus was making sense of and unpacking The Treaty of Waitangi. A timeline activity provided opportunity for conversation, pondering and learning. We shared stories and discussed the importance of knowing our history so that in our schools we are able to influence our programmes and approaches to support our Māori students and community.
In small groups we looked at each Article of the Treaty and responded to prompts and positioned ourselves on a continuum. Our Hui was lead by Kathe Tawhiwhirangi from CORE who is supporting us to develop our framework. Our next Hui will focus on going into more depth in our understanding of Tātaiako and sharing of initiatives that are being implemented in our schools.
At the beginning of 2018 all schools shared their strategic plans. This provided insight into the key focus for individual schools and highlighted areas of similarity. The common focus areas helped all schools in the Kāhui Ako to establish our direction by developing a vision that would align with what had already been developed for all schools through to 2020. It is very important to all six schools that we have alignment and strengthen our existing work through ensuring that we are all focused in the same direction, but retain autonomy in the actions that will help us achieve not only the strategic goals but the Kāhui Ako goals.
Over the next few weeks we are conducting the Wellbeing@school / Me & My School in our schools as a tool to review our last two years of work, the current state in our schools in relation to care and climate. This will provide us with insight for our ongoing direction from different perspectives. The survey explores how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate and will be conducted with staff, students, senior leaders and stakeholders.
The survey asks questions about:
Our Senior Leaders and Across School teachers worked with Cathie Johnson to discuss why, how, who, and when to conduct the survey, and the key information that everyone needs to know. Following the survey we have further support provided by NZCER to have the opportunity for the Senior Leadership Team and Across School Teachers to review each schools local curriculum improvements goals and look at how and where the survey data can be used. We will then look at the data analysis for the Kāhui Ako and this will provide us with where to next.
During the COVID-19 lockdown our Kāhui Ako, like many others around the country, went into pause mode. This allowed the staff involved to focus on the huge task of supporting parents, whānau, students and staff in their own schools as we moved through the Alert Levels. We thank you for your support with this decision.
We know that the influence the Kāhui Ako has had on Wellbeing and developing a stronger culture of care has had an impact on the way all our schools have responded during the various COVID-19 levels. All schools are capturing stories and seeking feedback from the community, we know that this will inform our future work.
Questions and Wonderings
Thinking specifically around student agency and wellbeing, did our actions as Educators match our words during Covid?
Where is the evidence of the influence of the KA work on our schools response during Covid?
Distance Learning - What have we observed and what skills have teachers and students learnt or developed?
Has Covid influenced/ shifted our schools’ priorities/perspectives? How can we adapt to support/reflect this?
How did we connect with staff and students during Covid? Has this changed the way we will work with home and school in the future?
What are our current priorities now going forward for Term 3 and Term 4?
How can we leverage off our reflections to deepen our work and improve outcomes for all?
We held our first Mega Hui for Across Schools and Within Teachers on 19th March. Yes a week before we were in Lockdown due to Covid 19. We shared our strategic map for 2020 and the key work streams that are led by our Co- Leads and Across school teachers.. The professional development in the morning was led by Geoff Childs from Evaluation Associates. This was to outline how we could use the GROW model together and give us all time to have a conversation in three’s to use the model.
We had time to practice conversations and found the model very helpful to think through a problem and develop a next step. During the day we had time to share our successes from 2019.
The afternoon session was led by Linda Ojala from Core. Using the Universal design for Learning guidelines we were refreshed with the model and the key principles that underpin the thinking for inclusive practice. We used the model to guide our design for planning our staff workshops for Term 2. Our purpose: To inclusively design learning opportunities to meet the variable and diverse needs of our colleagues.
We then selected a variety of options for the afternoon that best meet our own needs
This year our Kāhui Ako is working with a facilitator from Core Education - Kathe Tawhiwhirangi to support our cultural responsive work in relation to our Achievement Challenge - Embrace language, culture and identity. This is a key focus for us and our theory is that if our students feel that they can connect to their learning they will report more positively against identified wellbeing indicators. We have formed a group with our Co-Leads, Across School Teachers, Within School Teachers with a focus of cultural responsive work and our staff with involvement in this work in their schools to work throughout 2020 with Kathe.
In our first session on the 28th Feb we spent some time building Whakawhanaungatanga and sharing our own school’s journey so that we could build our collective knowledge of where we were at across our Kāhui Ako. We then reflected on the work that we have been doing already in our schools via a range of activities exploring different aspects of our school communities.
Our next step is to meet again in May and start to unpack the competencies of Tataiako as part of developing a framework for our cultural responsive work across our Kāhui Ako.
In February our Co- Leads and Across School teachers had a professional development morning with Geoff Childs from Evaluation Associates. The focus for the workshop was to guide us through using the GROW model so that we can support one another and our within teachers with successes and challenges that we face in our work. To prepare for our workshop we were asked the following so that we could use the model to practice coaching conversations.
We established ground rules and looked at a variety of strategies to influence others. We then used three main aspects to keep in the front of our minds as we used authentic dilemmas of practice. We developed a little more confidence in keeping our conversations focussed, targeted and meaningful. We have shared the model with all of our within teachers prior to a workshop for Co-Leads, Across and Within teachers with Geoff Childs on the 19th March. All Across school teachers will work with those who have a Within school role in their own school and in another school. We are keen for this strategy to be developed with all staff in our Kāhui Ako as it can be used in many situations with anyone.
Please follow the link https://www.performanceconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/GROW-Model-Guide.pdf