Designing a coherent local curriculum that balances the front end of the NZC and particular learning areas requires the right combination of educational background, knowledge and expertise to draw the best ideas out.
Bringing the best modern research and futures thinking into the process where appropriate, our experienced team can help you:
- Design and lead a review process that makes sense for your specific context
- Identify your values as a school community, and help you develop a rich, authentic local curriculum that is personalised to its unique skills and attributes while meeting national priorities
- Strengthen staff capability and student engagement by demonstrating how to turn concepts into behaviours and actions
- Incorporate principles of key Ministry documents and research into the process
- Expand thinking and capability around digital fluency and elearning, using the right tools and processes
- Create meaningful engagement, and build community and whanau partnerships with a cultural narrative and culturally responsive practices
Professional learning that built teacher capacity
Oaklands School has engaged Rob Clarke for a number of years in a variety of roles. In 2019 we have participated with Learning Architects in a PLD programme as part of the MOE funding scheme. All of our teaching staff participated in a professional development programme on writing within the… classroom. This programme was to build our teachers’ capacity in giving students feedback on writing using the teacher inquiry model led by Tabitha Leonard. The staff were well-supported and engaged in this process and have commented positively on having this opportunity to develop their practice. During the year Rob and Tabitha have also worked alongside our leadership team to develop a feedback model which they have used to support our teachers in the classroom Read more “Professional learning that built teacher capacity”
Professional learning that is practical, real, and supportive
Rob has been a big help in assisting our staff, students, and parents, as we strive to develop capable and responsible digital citizens. He has run parent workshops, staff meetings and worked in classrooms with our teachers and students. Rob provides professional learning in digital citizenship that is practical, a… realist, supportive and not afraid to ask the challenging questions. Rob is digitally savvy and knowledgeable but also understands the importance of developing good working relationships and using a strengths-based approach to effect change. Read more “Professional learning that is practical, real, and supportive”
Strategic planning process was robust and thorough
We have appreciated Craig working with our Board of Trustees, whānau and staff to develop an updated strategic plan. Craig has facilitated a number of meetings gathering thoughts and ideas, synthesising them and re-presenting possibilities to provoke further discussion. The process was robust and thorough.
…integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our SLT
Over the last two and a half years Rob has been an integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our senior leadership team at Queenstown Primary School. Initially, he worked with our six team leaders to help them grow and develop their practice and to help… with consistency across our very large school. He then went on to work with the DPs. This was an 18-month journey of professional learning and development tailored to suit our needs as well as the BoT and teachers council requirements. Rob is an experienced ex Principal and is knowledgable and passionate about the work he does. He helped me gain insight into my strengths and how best to put them to work in my work. He is always approachable and easy to deal with while remaining professional and honest. If you are looking for an appraisal that will fit your schedule while helping you grow and develop not just tick boxes I recommend giving Rob at Learning Architects a call. Read more “…integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our SLT”
leadership appraisal helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team
It has been a pleasure to work with Rob for our leadership appraisal. He helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team. He guided us on how to work with these strengths and support each other by delving into our potential as a team. Rob has a… knack of being able to lead and support from the side without telling us what to do but by asking probing questions that enable us to think on a deeper level about our goals, both professionally and personally. Read more “leadership appraisal helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team”
The most effective leadership coaching….
I have found all of the workshops that Tabitha has led to be hugely useful. From day one we looked at different types of leadership approaches and the ways you can inspire people within your team to deepen their inquiry. With all of the team that I’m appraising, I have… used the templates the whole way through their inquiry just to get them thinking about their question and then breaking it down in parts. I personally love the templates and the fact that they’ve already been created for us has meant that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It also means that it’s not coming from me and that it’s actually a resource that a wide range of people in the school are using. I’ve found that my team have really enjoyed it. They have said to me that it was probably the most effective PLD that they have experienced all year. With the effective PLD that Tabitha delivered, I was able to take that on and transfer that into my team, and I really appreciate the resources and processes she shared. Read more “The most effective leadership coaching….”
A fantastic day of Leadership Coaching
Thank you for a fantastic day of reflection, probing, planning, sharing and learning! You are a fantastic facilitator. Tabitha you have a perfect blend of sharing your expertise, and empowering others. Not to mention modelling the various strategies you encourage for success.
Innovative learning… digital fluency
Matt is supporting us in a variety of ways that align and support our culture and kaupapa – team teaching, growing leadership, making connections and gathering learner voice. We have been lucky enough to work with Matt Richards for almost 5 years around project-based learning and learner agency as part… of a Digital Fluency PLD contract. Matt is a visionary for us. He listens too and acknowledges our own vision, values and aspirations. Condensing what we think, and identifying what we are trying to achieve in succinct and interesting ways. Matt can work with everyone on the staff and use his world perspectives to motivate and guide us. Read more “Innovative learning… digital fluency”
Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach
Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach. I have appreciated his questions, prompting and input to help ensure my own ongoing development. Craig has also worked with our Board of Trustees to facilitate a review of our strategic plan through effective engagement with staff, students and parents. We have appreciated… the expertise Craig has bought to this role. Read more “Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach”
…strategic planning end goals were relevant, achievable and innovative
The Waitaha Board of Trustees and leadership team employed Rob Clarke to support and guide them during their two most recent strategic planning reviews. Rob ensured that relevant and enquiring questions were the focus of the sessions, and he guided and challenged the Board to think critically and innovatively. Rob’s… in-depth and current knowledge of education practices ensured that the sessions were focussed and relevant to the Waitaha setting and to its community. His input ensured that the end goals were relevant, achievable and innovative. Rob is extremely professional and he will deliver quality outcomes. Read more “…strategic planning end goals were relevant, achievable and innovative”
…increased our understandings of ourselves individually as leaders while enhancing our collective leadership…
I have been privileged to work with Rob over a number of years now since Learning Architects were brought on board to support our School moving to cloud-based Systems – most notably Google. Rob has supported the different levels of computer literacy in our team as we moved to Google… using a range of resources, approaches, and strategies. This is particularly vital as our school community has grown significantly in the last 5 years In 2018, Rob has been our PLD provider to facilitate the strengthening of our Middle and Senior Leadership team via strengths-based coaching. Working with individuals as well as the team, he has increased our understandings of ourselves individually as leaders while enhancing our collective leadership by using our individual strengths and talents. Most recently- because of his understanding of our school, Rob was employed to work with our school community to appoint a new Principal. His work in this was diligent and innovative; this supported the Board of Trustees to reflect the community engagements that were held to be able to make an informed decision. I have no hesitation in recommending Rob and his company- Learning Architects- to anyone seeking to support and enhance their systems and educational practices. Working with Rob has supported my own growth and development as a leader and I look forward to continuing to work with him in 2019. Read more “…increased our understandings of ourselves individually as leaders while enhancing our collective leadership…”
Amazing knowledge of the Google Suite
Rob has an amazing knowledge of the Google Suite, and his tips and support will most certainly make a positive difference to a principal’s or office manager’s daily workload by managing emails and providing tips that are in place daily. Rob is well worth considering if you want to put… good systems in place. Read more “Amazing knowledge of the Google Suite”
Helping to develop a stronger and more future-focused leadership team
…fantastic! He really makes me and think about the deeper issues facing our school and is supporting us to strengthen the teaching and learning across all aspects of the curriculum. His insight into leadership is helping to develop a stronger and more future-focused leadership team.
Responsive, Creative and Considered
Learning Architects has helped Ararira Springs Primary start our journey as a learning community. When helping set up our Google systems to getting our website live, Rob has listened to our ideas and helped facilitate a solution. Google Hangouts, online support tools and face to face meetings have been used… to maximise time and meet needs. We have loved working with the team at Learning Architects and look forward to our relationship developing. Read more “Responsive, Creative and Considered”
Expertise and professional experience
I have appreciated the expertise and professional experience that Rob has brought to the work he has done with us. This coupled with a willingness to listen and problem solve together has seen us achieve results that are collectively owned. Kāhui Ako o Wakatipu is well set up to collaborate… and innovate. Read more “Expertise and professional experience”
Helped us to develop a system that is working very well for our Kāhui Ako
I have worked with Rob through our Kāhui Ako to develop the digital communication systems. Rob’s ability to listen carefully, ask relevant questions and then develop systems collaboratively with our large Kāhui was greatly appreciated. His knowledge and expertise were highly valued, together with his ability to connect with all… members of the Kāhui at their own capability level in a respectful and constructive way. His strong sense of what works well and how we can make use of this knowledge helped us to develop a system that is working very well for our Kāhui Ako. Read more “Helped us to develop a system that is working very well for our Kāhui Ako”
Knowledge of how schools work and how to blend possibilities with technology is unique
The Puketeraki Kāhui Ako Leadership Team employed Learning Architects very early in our development. We were aware that to connect leaders and teachers across seventeen schools we needed some form of digital communication system. Rob Clarke sat in on our early management discussions and was able to co-construct a google… on-line communication system. This system has been a building block for our Learning Community. With simple ideas relating to naming protocols and filing to more complex google plus communities, Rob guided us through a process of development. We are by no means a finished product but we are currently functioning enthusiastically and building an effective learning community. Thanks, Rob. Your knowledge of how schools work and how to blend possibilities with technology is unique and makes this sort of community building possible! Read more “Knowledge of how schools work and how to blend possibilities with technology is unique”
Building our communication systems while supporting our collaborative journey
Learning Architects continue to positively support our CoL | Kāhui Ako, especially in our establishment phase. We look forward to building on our communication systems/website/PLD needs while supporting and informing our collaborative journey.
Flexible and suited to each individuals context and needs…
I have had Learning Architects training through my school and for a BOT I was on so I consider myself to be fairly au fait with Google Suite. In saying this I always learn heaps with Rob ie deeper understanding of apps I use, tricks and tips, and apps I’ve… never heard of. Love how the training is flexible and suited to each individuals context and needs. Read more “Flexible and suited to each individuals context and needs…”
Built leadership capability within our school…
Rob catered so well for our staff with the wide range of experiences and confidence using computers and familiarity with Google. He inspired staff and since the day we have had staff that are keen to try things and are using their computer so much more than they ever have.… Rob gave us a thorough introduction to the Google platform so that we have all been successful transitioning to being a GAFE school. He also made things fun and our teachers loved the quiz that we created guessing random facts about each other using the collaborative nature of google docs. Communication and follow up support was a real positive too. Rob was always available to interpret emails and explain in basic terms to us. He built leadership capability within our school and the two of us who are super admins are able to do many of the admin tasks ourselves that we were previously paying others to do for us. Read more “Built leadership capability within our school…”
Helpful beyond explanation…
Rob’s help, at the end of the phone and by clever use of Google Hangouts, for both small and complex technical support with getting the most out of google apps has been helpful beyond explanation, many times. Rob knew my technical strengths and limitations, and provided instant assistance with my… next step learning, enabling me to move forward independently with the task that I was working on. Read more “Helpful beyond explanation…”
A partnership, a mentorship and a great on going decision…
I tried several times to get my head and my staff across the line in using google doc’s and google sites. Having contracted Learning Architects to work remotely in a support and mentor role I achieved this and more. Beyond the technical expertise, what really helped was the strategic, feet… on the floor and considered recommendations. You don’t know what you don’t know so to have Rob push my thinking, share new ideas and guide into a better way was a huge win. I see my schools’ connection with Learning Architects as a partnership, a mentorship and a great ongoing decision. Read more “A partnership, a mentorship and a great on going decision…”
Helped transform the way we work…
Please keep in touch and we will work with you. The work you did has helped transform the way we work.
Lots of little tricks to make working easier…
Small group, great people, learning lots of little trick to make working easier, great to know that others had the same concerns, “You know your stuff” enthusiastic presentation, good pace, good content. I didn’t feel brain dead at the end of the session but couldn’t wait to share what I… had learnt with the others in my team. Read more “Lots of little tricks to make working easier…”
Follow up has been outstanding…
I really enjoyed the day and your facilitation of it. Thought the delivery was really relaxed but knowledgeable. Great to see you sharing your expertise but also being a learner, not knowing all of the google pathways but problem-solving to get there. And your follow up has been outstanding!