“Start with what’s in our schools, not with the desperate urgency of the tech industry,” suggested Karen Spencer to the representatives of six Loop schools who attended a Breakfast Session at WHS last week. “Let’s use who our young people are as the jumping off point for what we do.”
In a session targeting ‘what really matters’ and challenging some of the big ideas of change discourse, Wellington High School DP Karen Spencer gave a thought provoking presentation that put students and the achievement of equity at the centre of change processes, and the key competencies at the forefront of what our students really need. Karen’s presentation was supported by significant change stories from Wellington Girls College, Hutt Valley High School and Aotea College.
Take a look here at Karen’s presentation:
Karen Spencer: Avoid Solutionitis and Focus on What Really Matters
And here’s Karen’s Innovation Framework: Karen Spencer: Innovation Framework
You can also connect direct with Karen via her blog: karenmelhuishspencer.com
Details of our membership packages for 2018 are now available and we encourage schools to let us know by 30 October 2017 if they wish to take up membership.
Click here for details of the secondary school membership package: 2018 Secondary School Membership
Click here for details of the primary school membership package: 2018 Primary School Membership
If you have any questions, please email our Operations Manager: email@example.com
Led by Karen Spencer, our next Breakfast Session will be at Wellington High School on 24 October, 7.30am and all staff in Loop schools are invited. Register here.
We are regularly told that the world is changing fast, that jobs are evaporating and that we must radically alter the way we prepare our students for the future. Surrounded as we are with a multitude of competing ‘solutions’, how do we sift through the buzzwords and (re)focus on what is most likely to make a difference in our own communities? At this session we will:
- tackle some of the ‘change messaging’ head on
- focus on our curriculum as a blueprint for planning
- explore ways to approach future development that will help us hold the line on what’s important, both in school and across the Loop.
Loop Ed is on Friday the 2nd June this year.
Information for presenters can be viewed below:
To register as a presenter click below please:
Register as a presenter
The Wellington Loop Trust is currently seeking nominations for three Trustee vacancies. Nominations will close at 4pm on Friday 5 August.
Who can be nominated as a Trustee?
Nominees for the role of Trustee need to have experience and interest in the following areas: collaborative learning, governance and financial control, strategic planning, digital technologies and education. There is no requirement for Trustees to be employees of member schools. It is important to note that Trustees do not act as representatives of any particular school but rather act in the best interests of the Trust and the wider education community.
The term of appointment for each Trustee is three years.
Nomination and appointment process
Self-nomination is expected.
Nominations close at 4pm, Friday 5 August and should be forwarded electronically, using the appropriate form below, to Robyn McInnes, Operations Manager, Wellington Loop Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the close of nominations, new Trustees will be appointed by the Principals of the member schools of the Wellington Loop Trust, acting together in their capacity as the Electoral College of the Trust. Once appointed, Trustees are expected to attend monthly meetings and fully engage in the governance and work of the Trust.
Additional information for prospective nominees
In considering the role of Trustee, please ensure that you look at:
If further information is required, prospective nominees are also welcome to email: email@example.com
The annual Loop Conference (LoopEd) will be held on Friday 3 June, 2016 at Wellington High School.
Conference update April 2016
Planning is well underway for a very exciting conference on June 3rd! Upwards of 13 schools, 700 teaching professionals, and 70+ presenters from within schools and the wider professional community will meet to share their expertise and enthusiasm around our theme of Connection, Collaboration, Courage.
Presentations already signed up range from critical thinking and philosophy through to collaborative science investigation and flipped classrooms.
We have a wonderful keynote speaker who is sure to challenge and stimulate; discussions are sure to go on throughout the 3 sessions sustained by a lovely variety of food provided by the Tussock Cafe!
Additional updates will be posted as time goes by, about once a month.
And if you have not yet signed up to be a presenter, talk to the Loop representative in your school; we hope to have all presenters organised by April 8th!
Google in Education Summit registrations are now open. EdTech NZ and CORE Education are organising two events for 2014, one in the North Island and one in the South Island.
This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The programme
features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams.
The summits produced by the EdTechTeam are scheduled for the first school holidays. The first annual Google in Education New Zealand South Island Summit will be held at Burnside High School on April 23 & 24, 2014. The second annual Google in Education New Zealand North Island Summit will be held at Albany Senior High on April 29 & 30, 2014.
Register for both here!
Register now for early bird rates.
The Wellington Loop AGM will be held on 4 December 2013, at 4.30 pm at Wellington East Girls’ College, Room 71.
Items on the agenda include the selection of new Trustees and a new Chair.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Calum McGonigle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be quick, applications close Friday, 29 November 2013, at 5 pm.
The Wellington Loop Trust Deed has been revised and submitted for approval to the Charities Commission.
The most important change to the deed assigns the principals of Wellington Loop schools as the Electoral College for the Loop, rather than the principals from the Greater Wellington Secondary Schools Principals’ Association.
The approval of the new Trust Deed will enable new Trustees and a new Chair to be elected. If you are interested in details of these roles, please contact Calum McGonigle (email@example.com
The CORE Education eFellows for 2014 have been announced at the recent ULearn13 conference, held in Hamilton from 9-11 October. Ben Britton (Wellington High School) has been selected as one of seven eFellows for next year. Ben will be focusing on the use of 3D printers in the classroom.
The CORE Education eFellowship recognises innovative e-learning practice by New Zealand teachers, and provides a full year of mentoring and inspiration as those selected undertake further inquiries into e-learning in their own classrooms. The seven eFellows selected this year join a group of nearly 80 lifetime members, in a Fellowship that has been steadily growing since the programme’s inception in 2004.
“The idea of the eFellowship is to celebrate excellence in e-learning leadership and practice, and to give busy teachers the space, time, and collegial support to follow a line of inquiry into e-learning they are passionate about”, says CORE Education Senior Researcher and eFellowship coordinator Dr Michael Winter. With over 40 applications this year, he and the selection committee are excited about the variety of classroom research that will take place in 2014, including inquiries into the use of 3D printers and new entrant Modern Learning Environments. “It is hoped that we will continue to see a diverse range of eFellow applications in the future”, says Dr Winter, “especially from Māori and Pasifika, early childhood education, and assistive technology sectors”.
The other eFellows for 2014 are Tim Gander, Vicki Hagenaars, Bec Power, Anne-Louise Robertson, Rowan Taigel, and Marnel van der Spuy.
Late in Term 2 (2013) Michael Winter (CORE Education) flew up from Christchurch to talk to the Wellington Loop about the CORE eFellowships. These awards are available to any educator in New Zealand.
eFellows complete teacher inquiry and present on their research. This can be in the EdGazette or presenting at a conference like ULearn. The focus of the research should be teaching and learning, despite the ‘e’ in the title of the fellowship.
Previous recipients have been Paula Eskett
and Anne Keneally
. Paula used the year to examine the effect of apps on student engagement. Anne researched the effect of student-led learning.
Additional details can be found on the CORE Education website
. 2014 eFellowship applications close on 13 September.
Last weekend students from the Wellington Loop schools had a chance to help solve problems facing Wellington’s environment. The special three-day Design Thinking Workshop was organised by Wellington City Council with support from Massey University.
The workshop saw around 20 design-savvy students join small interdisciplinary teams to create design concepts which will educate the public about our stormwater system and help prevent its contamination. This is a major problem for local ecosystems including our harbour.
The students worked side-by-side with professional designers to develop their concepts before pitching them to a panel of creative, business, and political stakeholders.
“Hack Your Learning” by Steve Hargadon | Wednesday 13th March, 4-6pm
ur third event for the Wellington creative leadership and innovators—book now, as only thirty attendees spots available:
This active workshop/conversation is designed to help you better take charge of your own learning. The Internet and social media are opening new doors for initiatives, creation, creativity, participation, and collaboration—and yet most of us carry ideas about learning that were formed in factory-model schooling and often have little relevance to when and how true learning takes place.
For more details click here.