August 28, 2019

As a School Principal, in collaboration with a committed and highly skilled staff who developed the will to achieve in our students, I have taken schools from low performing levels, in terms of student achievement, to high performing schools recognised for their succes...

August 20, 2018

Those who know me well understand that I am not a great fan of students having laptops and iPads as part of their school resource list. . I am well aware that the world has changed and technology is now a part of our everyday life and we must adapt to it in order to ke...

June 22, 2018

The week we had the pleasure of working in a small rural school to develop units of study for next term with the Principal and staff.  It can be quite a challenge for teachers to critically review the focus for learning, ensure that it authentically aligns to the asses...

June 12, 2018

Angela Bennett, an acclaimed author, once made the statement that teaching middle school is an adventure not a job. Such words would ring true for many teachers in schools who work with students form Yr. 5 – Yr. 9. Moreover, being a student in the middle school is an a...

May 23, 2018

In 2004 I was compelled to write an article where I described the manner in which a cluster of schools worked together to bring about school improvement . It was published in Curriculum Perspectives: Vol. 24 No.2.  At the time I was Principal of a P-12 State School in...

May 11, 2018

Our visits to Browns Plains State School and Kin Kin State School during the past few weeks have been highlights for Dennis and I, in terms of 'rolling up our sleeves' and working with extremely dedicated staff committed to authentic school improvement.

Together, we foc...

May 9, 2018

When we talk about school improvement and student success we are talking about two of the most moving targets on the educational landscape.

Many policymakers focus on quantifiable data such as standardised tests to determine if schools are improving, and subsequently st...

April 30, 2018

Today I felt vindicated regarding the views I have held for many decades regarding effective education for our children.The commercial news stations and daily papers today talked about the Federal Government, via the advice of Mr. David Gonski, of taking a new, and rev...

April 16, 2018

The last three weeks have brought  some of the most rewarding experiences that Dennis and I have ever had. We've driven the Great Ocean Road, visited the high country in Victoria, flown to Mildura and then travelled the road to Broken Hill meeting exceptional people as...

April 1, 2018

Strategies designed to assist school leaders and teachers to engage in continuous school improvement include the provision of specific curriculum topics and pedagogical practices, not necessarily designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Teachers are provi...

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