A School For Tomorrow

Game Changers

In a School for tomorrow. we want to influence a research-driven community of inquiry and practice to find a way to educate students to learn the character, competency and wellness required to thrive in our world. This community needs to cultivate a growth mindset, empower learners, and personalise learning so that all can learn the self-awareness of knowing themselves through asking: who am I?

TEACHING FOR CHARACTER 

Character is the way we live life. Do we belong? Are we fulfilling our potential? Are we doing what is good and right? These are powerful questions we ask about our civic, performance and moral character. Sometimes to answer them we search deep and discover an inner sense of who we are, and who we may become; this is our mark as a person...

FUTURE SCHOOLS

We need to be building, implementing, and evaluating an education that genuinely seeks to grow the character, competency and wellbeing of students so that they can thrive in their world requires an agreed vision for what this school might look like. This needs to be expressed in terms of an agreed strategy towards and approaches to leadership that create a shared sense of purpose, place, practice, programs, process, and product...

TEACHING FOR CHARACTER

THE WHOLE WORK OF A SCHOOL

A model around which shared understanding of the centrality of a set of graduate outcomes and, eventually, a community of inquiry and practice in how best to deliver these outcomes and the character and competencies on which they are based, is both desirable and possible. This model must show how character education occurs in every part of the school, is built through relationship, refined through specific pedagogies, and propelled by the culture of the school. An education for character and competency must be built according to design principles that encourage educators to plan, share, coach, measure, listen for, live, grow, and defend it...

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PERSONALISING PATHWAYS TO PERFORMANCE IN FUTURE SCHOOLS

Understanding how to tune a process of performance development for teachers to their situation and needs by balancing impact with investment and offering personalised pathways may well be key knowledge for Future Schools, who need to ensure that their educators are actually bringing about the necessary change that characterises all good learning and development. What do we mean by performance? What lies at the heart of how great schools do what they do?...

TEACHING FOR CHARACTER

ASSESSING CHARACTER

The journey towards character from “me” to “you” to “us” is the relevant social purpose to which assessment of and for learning might be put. Each teacher needs to work through how this bigger picture plays out in terms of the more granular day to day activity of teaching and learning in school. With this purpose in mind, and its application in context mapped on a continuum of growth of the student in terms of their civic, performance and moral character and their associated competencies...

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THE EXPERIENCE OF IMMERSION IN FUTURE SCHOOLS 

Bringing both the character-rich educational purpose of The Pathway to Excellence and the rigour of research-driven, evidence-based, and student-centred practice to the design and development of experiential learning is one key way that the learning of students is being transformed in Future Schools. We are moving from intuition and personal preference in the design of education to an insistence that what we do is based on what leading practice warrants inside and outside the classroom... 

TEACHING FOR CHARACTER

CHARACTER LEARNING IN PRACTICE

The purpose of a School for tomorrow is to prepare our students to thrive in their world. How we educate for character and competency is the core business of this; it is the whole work of a school and the work of a whole school. An agreed and documented framework for education helps a school to gather evidence about, align, implement, and evaluate its shared educational vision within a community of inquiry and practice dedicated to achieving its graduate outcomes... 

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THE CULTURE IN FUTURE SCHOOLS

Schools around the world are increasingly developing a much sharper understanding of why culture matters. The culture of Future Schools depends on the proclivity towards inquiry. In our research, we can see that making decisions and reviewing standards where asking the right questions and pursing excellence in answering them is at the heart of a growth-minded change culture. It is how we best model and teach all of the competencies our students need to thrive in their world...