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How to avoid jumping to conclusions

When you’re faced with the pressures of leading an organisation, it can sometimes be challenging to make the best decisions, especially when faced with a plethora of demands from different stakeholders. When you are under multiple pressures it can be useful to adopt a tool or technique to enable you to avoid jumping to conclusions, and therefore better differentiate your…

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How great are the national PLD priorities for the NZC?

Over the last few years, the national PLD priorities have been focused on learning areas such as reading, writing, maths, te reo Māori, science and of course digital fluency.  In order to make the most of their professional development opportunities in these areas, oftentimes, schools or kahui ako we’ve worked with have combined two or more topics in one PLD…

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Creating an ecosystem of care; the power of communication

In times of disruption communicating the right information to the right people at the right time is critical. And knowing beforehand who will do this in the moment is also vitally important. Does the responsibility to get the messages out to every one fall solely on the shoulders of leaders, or can it be shared? While there can be a…

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New opportunities for distance learning

While Learning Architects was born out of my experience as a principal, teacher, technology geek and leadership coach, sometimes the ideas for this support come from much closer to home. I have two daughters and both are currently learning at home due to the COVID-19 lockdown. This has made for a busier time at our place, on top of a…

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How to prepare your organisation to work remotely

Watching and listening to news from around the world it would be an understatement to say that it’s a time of disruption and uncertainty for schools. Monitoring and responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation as it spreads throughout the world is a very real challenge for everyone working in the education sector. For school leaders it is a…

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Setting up exciting possibilities for the year

One of the aspects I love about this time in the school calendar, is the level of energy that staff, students and leaders have. There’s always a sense of positivity at the start of Term 1, and with most teacher-only days complete, there’s also excitement for the possibilities for the year ahead. Being involved in teacher-only days across the country,…

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