In late September, the Teaching Council hosted a group of teachers and professional leaders from Social Ventures Australia. SVA is a not-for-profit organisation that works with schools in Australia through the ‘Bright Spots Connection’ programme which provides support and development to high-performing but disadvantaged schools to improve learner outcomes. It then helps spread those learnings across the education system.
As part of the learning exchange we visited a range of centres, schools and education agencies around Aotearoa New Zealand to listen and share learning around several themes including:
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bi-cultural practice
- Cultural competenices and curriculum design
- The future of assessment
- Learner agency and the role of meta-cognition
Our sincere thanks to the inspiring teachers and professional leaders of Wellington East Girls College, Porirua College, The Park Early Learning Centre, Nōku te Ao, West Rolleston School, Hagley College, Hagley Preschool, Stonefields School and Ormistion Junior College for their generous participation in the learning exchange. The shared dialogue and learning will enrich our collective practice and the connections established will enable us to share best practice in an ongoing way.
“Ngā mihi mahana kia koutou katoa mō tō kōrero me tō whakaaro i tēnei rā. Our warmest appreciation to you all for your conversation and thinking exchanged today. I just wanted to touch base before the day is out to thank you all so much for visiting today and for initiating a connection that we hope can continue well into our future as well. We so appreciated the time you took to visit and share what you saw of our place,”
Ormiston Junior College
“This experience that you have provided will no doubt enrich our professional practices, has stretched our thinking about what we need to do next and has challenged our perspectives of what is actually possible. It is with the power of collective wisdom that we will all serve the profession best. It is without doubt that we have benefited from your shared wisdom and insights. We saw terrific examples of bi-cultural education delivery cutting-edge curriculum design and fantastic work across community partnership and integrated health and wellbeing practices...”
Social Ventures Australia