Examples of these included the “Be Well Learn Well” 2018 Connected Schools conference hosted by Endeavour College Mawson Lakes. This provided a wonderful opportunity for staff from Kindergarten to year 12 to learn together and build networks with the purpose of improving student learning. I was fortunate to be invited to lead one of the sessions and the feed-in from the participants was that they are eager to meet more regularly to focus on areas identified in the Vocational Practices of Growing Deep including: Excellence in Teaching and learning, Leading innovation and Change, Strengthening Lutheran Identity, Building Community and Effective organization and management.
Two other examples of collaboration to improve student learning involved whole school collaboration in ELC- Year 12 learning communities. One focused on viewing Most Likely To Succeed https://www.mltsfilm.org/ and provided opportunities for staff across the campus to make connections to current practice and preferred future and to identify action points for further inquiry. The other focused on supporting staff to build a deeper understanding of the school’s learning principles. This included providing extended time for teams to work together and plan for implementation using a common approach across the entire school. To observe the level of staff engagement was inspiring.
I am aware that there were many more networks of schools who engaged in professional collaboration for the benefit of the learners. Congratulations to all of you and please feel free to share with LESNW how you engaged your staff in the learning process and importantly the impact on both staff and students.
Please note that LESNW has a copy of the film “Most Likely To Succeed” for learning communities to borrow to use with staff, students and or parents and we are only too happy to assist you with the post viewing discussion.
Educational Leadership Director