Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Preparing for #Whitestone Big Event No 2

We will be coming together in a few weeks time on Tuesday 9th September and we want to start preparing.
You have a chance to make this event yours by contributing to the agenda.
This is the same open, collaborative way that planning and preparation takes place for the regional networking days.
Go to this link  and add your thoughts and ideas to the agenda.
Keep in mind that the purpose of our learning and change network is to action achievement for our priority learners through a focus on our network challenges: 
1. Student Agency
2. Community Engagement
3. Future Focused Learning

Sunday, 10 August 2014

How does a Learning and Change Network work? Will our ripples make a difference?

‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’ Henry Ford
(Jenny's reflections in preparation for the LCN Reference Group - All images below taken from the LCN brochure)
‘Coming together is a beginning'
A very large group of participants came together for the inaugural 'Big'event No 1(see agenda and slideshow)

Most of the LCN work so far has gathered momentum through the leaders who have been part of the local and regional meetings over the past 18 months. 
During this time, our collective determination to make a positive difference for all learners across our network has driven our desire for collaboration. We understand that we can still retain our unique school cultures but grow our learning and change capability through active contribution and participation as part of a wider group.

Where does the Whitestone LCN fit in?
The knowledge that the Whitestone LCN is part of a wider group again is made evident through the termly regional network meetings where learning and change clusters come together. Then to understand that we are part of an even greater worldwide strategy within the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Centre for Educational Research and Innovative Learning Environments, gives authenticity to a belief that 'one tiny ripple can create a tidal wave.'

How does it differ from traditional PD cluster models?
The LCN strategy is not traditional PD that is 'done to us'. Just as we recognise that the traditional teaching model has to be flipped to engage the learners, the LCN strategy flips the traditional PD model. We move from a passive absorption of communal knowledge model to an active self-driven personalised model. The latter being what we aspire to for all learners (young and old).

What is an evaluative probe and why do I need to be 'probed'?

The evaluative probes help to keep us focused on where we are at, how we are going and where we need to head next. The trained probe leaders meet with students, staff, family/whanau and other leaders to ask questions that will stimulate reflective interactions. You don't need to worry about taking part. It is not designed to assess you or your teaching personally but your response will be collated with others and contribute to helping keep the network on track.

Further links 
Whitestone Strategic plan with change priorities (condensed thanks to LFR)

Evaluation #Whitestone Big Event No 1 with extra column to add suggestions for Big event No2 planned for Tuesday 9th September. Here's your chance to contribute.

Click here for 1 minute Slideshow from Whitestone Big Event No 1

Learn more about how LCN's work by going to the official site and watching a 5 minute video.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Next meetings and news updates

Our big event on Tuesday was an inaugural coming together of about 40 participants. We'll share some photos and news on the blog asap. Trying to move away from the traditional 'staff meeting' or 'pd have it done to us mode' was a challenge that we managed by creating a more informal environment yet with a focused agenda plan. This will evolve and develop based on feedback and input from all participants who will help to drive our learning and change next steps. Thanks to everyone for your contribution. Now that we have moved outwards beyond our leadership group, we can keep connected through sharing happenings on the blog. That way our visitors who joined us like will Sharon (RT Lit) and Linda (RTLB) and our staff and whanau can keep up to date. It was lovely that our MOE Senior Advisor Lynn was able to join us from Dunedin as well.

The link to evaluate our event is here. Thanks Lorraine for setting it up. We have added a column for ideas for the next event September 9th. Please encourage participants to contribute.

2. We have our next Whitestone LCN leadership meeting at 1:30 on Tuesday 19th August. St Joe's is available as a venue if needed. Here is a link to the agenda. Please add anything you wish to discuss.Lorraine has condensed our strategic plan into a more accessible document but we have gaps that need to be filled. Think about this ready for our meeting.
Here is the link to the condensed strategic plan

3. Lorraine, Sharlene and Janine will start Probe 4 with Weston staff on Mon18th and St Joes Tues 19th.

4. The next LCN Regional Networking Days are coming up in September. Here is the link to contribute to your region's agenda before 19th August
This will be followed  by a conference call with each network on the 19th AugustWho would like to be involved in the conference call?  The time is Southern: 8.45-9.15am The final agenda will be sent out to networks 20th August with the confirmed venues and the link to register.

5. Thanks for your contribution to the LCN reference document. I will feed forward to the group on Monday in Auckland