How can we achieve excellence in leading, learning and community?

19 days ago
CLOSED: Thank you to all who participated in setting our priorities. This discussion has concluded. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with you shortly.
  • Samuel Soo 22 days ago
    Invest more in staff and students, be innovative and foster more partnerships with other communities, give all students the opportunity to learn and for many different pathways. Be an intergenerational, respectful and connected community which people want to go to.
  • Frederick Patchell 24 days ago
    A decade ago, John Hattie’s book Visible Learning shone a spotlight on the value of well-designed empirical research findings when determining the efficacy of educational practices. In contemporary schools, achieving excellence in leading and learning requires teachers to have ready access to quality peer-reviewed research. Some educational jurisdictions provide teachers with full and free access to digital collections of education databases and scholarly journals. Parramatta Catholic Education, for example, has its Learning Exchange. I’m sure the cost of a system-wide digital subscription would be offset by gains in student learning and teacher PL. Such an initiative also aligns with many Professional Standards (e.g., 1.2.4, 2.1.4, 2.5.4, 6.2.3, 6.3.4).
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 24 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the System Stewardship Team - How do we drive excellence in achievement? Pay teachers to get higher accreditation - blanket stipend for higher degrees open to all
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 24 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the System Stewardship Team - Entrepreneurship, good values, self management skills, self teachings
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 24 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the System Stewardship Team - Climate change - needs to be embedded into our school operations as well as curriculum eg. photocopying - edelivery, water costs - water tanks, solar - sustainability
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 25 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the Teaching and Learning Team - excellence in education requires the best educators
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 25 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the Teaching and Learning Team - SCS offers transformational professional learning for all
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 25 days ago
    Feedback from consultation with the Eastern Region Leadership Team - In keeping with our new SCS mission and vision; Create an outstanding system of schools through reflective and research informed best practice becoming common practice. This commences within the school and extends across networks and the system.
  • David.Fetterplace about 1 month ago
    By making sure that we value all pathways through school and recognise that university is not the best pathway for every child.
  • Antonella.Mazzucco about 1 month ago
    We sometimes forget that the word excellence comes from the latin verb meaning to surpass- so when we talk excellence we can't speak only about being superior, but we need to focus on how we need to go above and way beyond what we deem as being excellent.I can sum in up in 3 key words:- Courage - to change pedagogy - shake up complacency in schools if you want excellent- GRIT- see projects through to completion- do few projects - but do them 'excellently'- Growth Mindset- we tell students to continually think outside the box but do we ?
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Southern Region Team - To enhance opportunities for excellence in education and to support teachers to build their professional capacity - facilitate structures that enable collaborative curriculum design, implementation and evaluation (we need the space both literally and figuratively to do this)
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Southern Region Team - Larger structures to allow schools to cluster and collaboratively build expertise in pedagogy
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Southern Region Team - Design our own assessment practices/measurement (opt out of Government mandate)
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Eastern Region Principals - connect and partner with global innovators of education
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Eastern Region Principals - Use of technology for collaboration: wider than our local communities - worldwide
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Eastern Region Principals - Attracting and keeping excellent teachers
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Eastern Region Principals - Building a culture of professional feedback for both staff and students to ensure learning
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew about 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Inner Western Region Principals - School structures which equip all students to be what they can, within the 21st Century, Australian and global connected context
  • Anthony Smti about 2 months ago
    We can promote excellence in learning by supporting lifelong learning of our employees. Numerous reports have shown that one of the most effective ways to improve educational outcomes for students is to have them being taught by a highly effective and well-trained teacher. Let's invest in our workforce by paying them to undertake professional development and learning outside of school hour so that students aren't impacted by their absence. For example why not negotiate with the union for teachers to work an additional 5 days per year (5/200 days per year = +2.5%) but give them a +5.0% salary increase as compensation. The 5 days are to be used for targeted professional development purposes with the ultimate goal to lift all our teachers to Highly Proficient level over the next 5 years.
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation wtih Eastern Region Team - Collaboration and central research driving our work across all schools (high impact)
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Human Resources Team - Teachers have the greatest impact, invest in our people
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Human Resources Team - Become the education industry leader in the development and delivery of programs and services
  • Admin Commented Jodie Bartholomew 2 months ago
    Feedback from consultation with Human Resources Team - Become the first green system of schools to meet the shift in sustainable priorities eg: solar, recycled water, gardens, no plastic in schools
  • matthew.white 2 months ago
    To move away from motherhood statements such as ‘achieving excellence’ we need a clear definition (aka vision) as to what excellence looks like. To arrive at this point we need to draw on the research evidence and collective wisdom of the organisation to provide us with a framework of indicators (i.e., evidence informed practice). In essence, we need to be able to measure it if we have any chance of seeing it improve. Therefore, we need easy to use tools that will provide indicators to tell us we are moving in the right direction. We need to be brave and revolutionary in our approach. This does not mean being sucked into the latest educational fads but tapping into the deep evidence bases supporting effective leadership, pedagogy and community. Sometimes being revolutionary is not doing what everyone else is doing (e.g., ignoring explicit instructional approaches). This includes understanding the sunk costs in our organisation- being brave is letting go of things we know are not working. Like the Department of Education, we are of a size where we need a research and evaluation team to guide and measure our journey to excellence to avoid derailment and the uptake of initiatives based on unsupported ideas.We need to understand that our ‘business’ is the development of people. Our greatest commodity is our teachers. The entire system should support leaders and teachers to be as effective as they can be. Time is the greatest gift we can give leaders and teachers. This is, time spent capacity building, securing their commitment instead of compliance. Therefore, we need to move away from 20th century industrial thinking that productivity for teachers is at the coal face.
  • Ray.Wooby 3 months ago
    By focusing on inspiring students to want to aspire. Creating opportunities for students to develop self esteem and self efficacy
  • Ann.Freeman 3 months ago
    By spending our time and resources in leading and learning in connection with our community and not in the million and one requirements that crowd into our day that have little to do with learning.
  • anthony.weir 3 months ago
    In what ways can our system, along with other sectors lobby for an overhaul of what Australia wants from our education sector at a national level? Is education an economic problem or a futures investment? Our national investment in education is one of the lowest in the OECD. Despite this our teachers do an amazing job. We have established a national infrastructure fund but not a national education futures fund.
  • Maria-Stella.Glover 3 months ago
    That the community and society understand that the best education is the passion for learning. It is not all about grades but the whole experience of growing and developing into a person that is compassionate, spiritual and always striving to learn more.
  • andrea.decarvalho 3 months ago
    Excellence in leading learning comes from the synthesis and analysis of a significant amount of research, from considered decision making and through the development of a longitudinal plan which is sustained and embedded. Appropriate resourcing of personnel and time is paramount if excellence is to be developed and maintained.Excellence in leading learning does not come from responding to the latest fads or going for short term wins. Reputation of excellence in our school communities is hard earned: it is not easily gained. It is a product of the on-going demonstration of deep knowledge combined with hard work - school communities respect leaders who demonstrate excellence and who make an impact. The work must be evidence base and supported by research. Reputation is easy to lose if the work is deemed to be inconsistent, unreliable and inadequate.
  • Margaret.Morgan 3 months ago
    By allowing schools to get on with the teaching and learning suited to the needs of their students. The day is too crowded with paperwork.