Musings on the role of adults, instructional leadership, content and struggle in our schools

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Zooming in and zooming out; towards more effective data use in schools

Better knowledge and use of data in schools are essential if teachers want better to understand their teaching, improve their students’ learning, and understand the intersection between the two. For Dr Aaron Wilson, data provide insight into the black box of teaching, which is positioned between and mediates the input of students’ learning opportunities and …

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Measurement for improvement: the potential of practical measures

Measurement has been on my mind of late. Yesterday we hosted a seminar by Dr Aaron Wilson on how schools can use data and evidence to improve practice (more to come on this in another article); we currently are working with our bright spots teams to establish how they will be evaluating – measuring – …

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A knowledge[able] conversation: three key ideas about knowledge in education

Car trips provide wonderful opportunities for deep conversation. I recently had the pleasure of driving over the Crown Range with Anat Zohar, a professor of education from the Hebrew University in Israel. We discussed a range of topics but of particular interest was the work she has done around the role(s) and place(s) of knowledge …

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The power, possibilities and pitfalls of teachers sharing resources online

Championing the knowledge and expertise of teachers is a central tenet of The Education Hub’s philosophy and mission. A core part of our work involves working with teachers to capture their knowledge and practice, and to share it with others. I was interested, therefore, to read an article that appeared in the Australian newspaper, The …

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Moving beyond the binary; why focusing on skills versus knowledge is the wrong discussion

The Education Hub recently released a report, On Knowledge, which explores to contested place and role of knowledge in education. The report responds, in part, to the ongoing debate in New Zealand, and elsewhere around the world, between skills and knowledge in education. Those on the skills side of the debate suggest that schools need …

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The Quest for Scale; The Holy Grail of education reform?

Nina Hood The quest to achieve innovation and improvement at scale could be considered the holy grail of education reform, with governments and increasingly donor-funded initiatives, aspiring to achieve sustained, systemic innovation and improvement that reaches every student, in every classroom, in every school in New Zealand. Despite a strong desire for achieving scale, there …

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The power of student mindsets and direct instruction and why neither is uniformly informing the practice of NZ teachers

With the new school year now started many teachers and schools are thinking about how they best can support and promote student learning. A recent report by McKinsey and Company (a global, management consultancy firm) may offer some answers. The report analysed data from the 2015 PISA survey, which assessed half a million students across …

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Musings on the role of adults, instructional leadership, content and struggle in our schools

I recently read Eva Moskowitz’s autobiography The Education of Eva Moskowitz, which explores her journey to founding Success Academy, one of New York City’s most successful charter networks. In the epilogue, Moskowitz outlines a number of principles that she believes should define education. They make an interesting list. And while I don’t agree with all …

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