Date
14 October 2019

Support collaborative planning and problem solving

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Leading learning to support inclusive practices’

Avoid working in isolation

Avoid working in isolation

Michael Fullan believes today's principals don’t work in isolation – they collaborate and learn within their school and among other schools.

 

Take a reciprocal approach to leading learning

Take a reciprocal approach to leading learning

Increase the collective knowledge available to the school.

Ako is about building collaborative learning and teaching relationships within the school. It suggests a reciprocal approach to leading learning.

"Ako describes a teaching and learning relationship where the educator is also learning from the student in a two-way process and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective."

Source: Ka Hikitia: Accelerating success 2013-2017, p16 (opens in a new tab/window)

Schedule regular meetings

Schedule regular meetings

Principals of Edmonton schools talk about the importance of committing time and resources to collaborative planning.

Consider staff retreats

Consider staff retreats

Mission Hill School in Boston is recognised internationally for its inclusive practices. The staff go on retreats to review and plan learning.

Support a collaborative culture

Support a collaborative culture

Support a culture where all staff value and feel collective responsibility for all students and are engaged in learning together how to meet the variable needs of students most effectively.

Explicitly and continually encourage staff to connect, learn, and problem solve with:

  • colleagues
  • in-school learning support leaders and teachers with knowledge and experience in inclusive practices
  • outside agencies 
  • parents and experienced community members
  • local teachers in nearby schools
  • other teachers via online communities of practice and social media.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Promoting collaborative learning cultures

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Working together

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Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Gary Punler: Deprivatising practice

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Leading learning to support inclusive practices”:

Return to the guide “Leading schools that include all learners ”

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