What works in School Reform?

Kia ora.

Week three of this term is over and it was a busy week.  It started last Saturday with our kapa haka team getting home in the late afternoon.  They looked exhausted and deserving of a well earned break.  They did us proud!

At the same we had guests from Nonoichi Junior High, Nonoichi City in Japan, arrive for a few days.  We have a regular exchange between our two cities which have a Sister City relationship.

Our school hosted them and our students were great hosts offering opportunities that they wouldn't easily have access to in Japan.  They spent time on a farm, some rode horses, some experienced the thrill of waka ama, and many other activities that we take for granted!

On the education front the current debate is about Charter Schools.  When reflecting on the week I'd like to refer you to what Michael Fullan has been talking about - the wrong drivers for whole system reform.  The short, 6 minute length video What Doesn't Work in School Reform goes beyond the wrong drivers, it outlines the correct drivers.

  1. Focus on core goals
  2. Focus on teaching profession
  3. Focus on leadership
  4. Focus on teamwork
  5. Use data productively
The argument is compelling and of course aligns well with the work of Ben Levin.

Have a safe weekend with friends and family.

Video of the week - Caught by  Surprise, in a Quiet Town Square - a bit of light relief.


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