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Transforming Professional Practice
We frequently hear now that traditional teaching is no longer sufficient to educate students for the 21st century. We are told that teachers need to think about knowledge and education in new ways, with a focus on helping students create knowledge, not just accumulate knowledge. It is no longer enough to “fill up” learners with the knowledge they will need for life: rather, learners need to learn how to learn. Acknowledging and dealing with complexity, uncertainty and diversity is also central to 21st century education, as is the ability to think at a “systems level”.
So what does all of this mean for the professional practice of teachers? This sofa session tackled the issue by addressing the following questions to our panel of guests:
1. What are the imperatives for change in our professional practice? What’s driving all of this?
2. What are the conditions that support transformative learning in schools and classrooms?
3. What are the key dispositions, knowledge and skills required of teachers to be effective in these new environments? 4. What can we do to ensure that innovations in curriculum and pedagogy don’t simply get ‘squeezed’ to fit the current system?
Chair: Derek Wenmoth
Panel: Michael Fullan, Ezra Schuster, Rose Hipkins, Deirdre Alderson
As collaboration and Communities of Learning emerge as an important vehicle for schools, centres and kura to make a difference to learners, our notions of leadership are shifting. No longer is the leader someone who works primarily within their own organisations, meeting the needs of the people in their immediate sphere; increasingly, leaders are operating across organisations, supporting others to meet shared goals and engaging in collaboration, capability-building, innovating and sense-making.
This networked approach to leadership requires a different emphasis and implementation of the capabilities required by the traditional educational leader. Goal-setting and visioning may take place across more than one organisation; mentoring and coaching might be virtual as well as face-to-face; innovation and knowledge-building will probably be taking place across more than one site.
This sofa session explored two key questions: in an increasingly collaborative environment, what are networked leadership capabilities and how do we best grow them?
Chair: Mark Osborne
Panelists: Matt Simeon, Tim Lovelock
Transforming Learning and Assessment
As approaches to teaching and learning change to better reflect what it is to be an educated person in the mid 21st century, so too will our approaches to assessment. Questions around why we assess, what we assess and how we assess have framed assessment debates and processes for many years. New answers to these questions will be required if we are to see the transformation necessary to meet the goals of a future-orientated education system.
The interface between teaching, learning and assessment is a challenging one. It has been said that “What you test is what you get.” If we widen this idea to say, “What you assess is what you get” it poses an interesting conundrum for educators. If we want to ‘get’ complex outcomes such as those associated with creativity, knowledge generation, relating to others, cultural intelligence and so on, how might we re-design assessment practices and processes to contribute to this learning? How might we embrace new methods and approaches while responding to existing demands? Furthermore, as greater attention is given to the influence of agency on learning, what are the implications on the design of assessment practices and processes when student agency matters?
This sofa session explored these questions as they relate to transforming learning and assessment across the sectors.
Chair: Keryn Davis
Panelists: Larry Rosenstock, Joyce Seitzinger, Maria Tibble, Rose Hipkins
The Connected Conversations series brought together three perspectives on a particular theme. It connected ideas and people together as part of Connected Educator NZ, #CENZ16. In these sessions, you hear from three invited speakers, each with a different take on what it means to be connected - connected with community, connected through collaboration and connected with the future. Conversations started here continued virtually as we explored the themes and concepts. There was an opportunity for a round-table discussion between each of the three speakers. A final Q&A panel completed each session, and included Twitter questions from the floor and from our #notatulearn16 connected supporters!
Connecting with Community
Chair: Tara Fagan
Panelists: Andy Kai Fong, Rachel Whalley, Julie Lindsay
Connecting through Collaboration
Chair: Tara Fagan
Panelists: Geoff Wood, Joyce Seitzinger, Viv Hall
Connecting the Future
Chair: Tara Fagan
Panelists: Bron Stuckey, Glen Storey, Paula Eskett
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