The following modules are available for all teachers, administration and/or for small groups. The duration and content of these modules is flexible.
An interactive and collaborative professional learning approach will be used in trainings. Current and authentic examples of relevant and innovative classroom practice will be used to support the modules.
Inquiry beyond questions
"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry" - Albert Einstein
This module will explore the concept of inquiry and provide educators with strategies to capture and maximize student's curiosities, to develop practices for recognizing authentic inquiry and creating learning environments which optimize inquiry. It will examine the inquiry process within a conceptual framework and support teachers in planning and assessing for the differentiated needs of students through this process.
Constructing conceptual curriculum
"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding" - Leonardo Da Vinci 1452 - 1519
This module will inspire rethinking the curriculum and provide a variety of conceptual frameworks for organising the curriculum. It will enable educators to plan their teaching, learning and assessment through a conceptual model as well as build opportunities for cross-disciplinary connections. This module will provide a systematic approach to addressing learning standards that will engage students with relevant content through a conceptual lens.
Cultivating Culturally Differentiated School Communities and Classrooms
"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit" - Wade Davis
This module will assist in identifying personal culture, recognizing diversity and how it can enrich the learning community. It will provide an understanding of underlying cross- cultural attitudes, values and behaviours and the significance for the classroom setting and school environment. It will provide opportunity to reflect on the culture of the school, the cultures within the community and the relationships between them. This module will provide opportunities to develop tools and strategies for effective communication across cultures.
"Creativity is not just art or music, something else to tick off in our plans for Tuesday afternoon. It is not even an ingredient to add to the curriculum diet but the inspiration and motivation integral to the process of learning, in fact, it is the unde
This module will elevate and explore the role of creativity in learning and ways to consider how to engage students, nurture their creativity in a multi-dimensional curriculum. Creativity is often the casualty in a more rudimentary approach to learning. It will examine how creativity can be nurtured and placed at the centre of learning, focus on defining creativity and how to embed creativity into the curriculum.
Leading through Innovation - Creative Leadership
If you cut off a spider's head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organisations are like spiders, but now starfish organisations are changing the face of
This module will address contemporary leadership, dispositions of effective educational leaders and the complexities and challenges in leading organisations in future education. It will explore the role of leaders in creating a climate where strategic innovation is nurtured to enable organisational improvement. The role of professional inquiry and action learning as drivers of innovation and improvement will be developed and tailored to meet the educational goals of the organisation.
What Can Education Learn from the Arts
"The arts teach children that their personal signature is important and that answers to questions and solutions to problems need not be identical" - The Arts and the Creation of Mind, 2002, Elliot W. Eisner
The module will engage adults in understanding how to create space for artistic freedom as a lens for connecting and expressing learning across the curriculum. It will examine how the arts provides scope for differentiation and strategies for the application of this to teaching and learning. It will explore the arts as a provocation and how this can be integrated across the curriculum as a pathway for students to make connection to the learning.
Strategies for Effective Differentiation
"The success of education depends on adapting teaching to individual differences among learners" - Yuezheng, in 4th century B.C. China
This module will explore approaches and – structures to effectively manage differentiation in mixed-ability classrooms. A tool kit of instructional and assessment strategies to design learning to cater for student interests, abilities and learning styles will be demonstrated and developed. It will provide approaches for curriculum compacting and explore a range of models for identifying levels of learning needs.
Work or Play
Play will be to the 21st century what work was to 300 years of industrial society – our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value’ Pat Kane, The Ethic of Play
This module will explore the attributes of collaboration, problem solving, creativity and initiative that we want to nurture in children and how these are best developed through imaginative play. Play is a process of learning; it is the product of an engaged mind and reinforces essential learning. Play is the most important foundation for development and it carries over into adulthood. Yet, increasing play is being pushed out of our schools. Ways in which we can restore play and learning back into our schools will be demonstrated. There will be a focus on examining the connection between play and learning and why play is vital for the development of the child and society.