User:Tstorr/Temp/SCD BLP Governance group meeting 23 August 2008.odt
Trevor Storr – AorakiNet, Darren Sudlow – Cantatech, Bob Norrish – Oxford AS, Wayne Wright – Reefton AS, Angela Sloane – South Westland AS, Pete Graham - WestNet
John Cruden -Opihi College, Warren Hall – National Facilitator(CORE ED)
Background – Trevor (see Summary notes)
The course so far – Darren
- Seems like more than 6 months – probably because we have got further than anticipated
- UC course the glue that holds project together
- Initial issue – too many online environments confusing teachers – now simplified
- First assignment: Institutional review – measure of school’s readiness for blended learning – teachers currently getting grades
- Q (Angela): Have teachers shared these with principals yet? – not all have, not all tailored for principals…
- Also – what about those teachers struggling? – have principals been informed –ongoing, contact/visits to some in the next week
- July PD – was mainly teacher driven – feedback shows they highly valued reconnecting with group
- Current course content: Group discussion on academic reading led by different member each week.
- UC course has given teachers a reason to learn something and then try it in their class – direct transfer which is not as common in PD as it should be – works well here.
- Been happy with it so far – teachers very willing to work together
- Primary teachers especially have struggled with workload/time issues (little non-contact time)
- Q (Bob) – how many teachers? = 30+
- Split between primary/sec? = approx 70% secondary
How to share expertise within schools?
- Bob: Schools have to commit themselves to making it happen – give it priority
- Has to come about by deliberate planning
- PD for teachers will change little unless there is leadership backing for it
Principal buy in to region-wide learning community?
- Hard to get principals to commit – e.g. professional learning group on West Coast
- Difficult to prioritise – lots of pressure, NZC etc.
- Oxford – strategic planning around ICT – needs to come first
- Use asynchronous ‘meetings’/online forums– avoid pressure having to meeting at same time
How to encourage networking of teachers –
- need to link somehow – great if it was a self-subscribing model so there wasn’t a great set-up time cost
- Collaboration between schools and within clusters
Transition of participants if teacher leaves? How to do it?
Linearity of course – life isn’t that simple
- Q (Bob) Teacher leaving – what accountability is there if participant leaves?
- – don’t think we have any re raw number of participants. As long as schools do their best.
- Able to offer adapted programme – ‘BLP lite’ – make less time demand. Addition of UC component made some participants apprehensive
- Some attrition is inevitable 3-5 out of 30 not bad
- Programme without UC requirements has value, something more lightweight – ensures schools don’t drop out all together
- Principals are aware of pull-outs
- Would lite course be without UC component – may increase costs if greater participation
- Dr Niki Davis fine with people following course but not submitting assignments
- Originally anticipated about 60% would do UC course – but nearly all enrolled. Is challenging, but makes it valuable and valued by teacher participants
- Wayne – prob no-go zone at this stage. Currently differing levels of buy-in from WestNet schools. Not able to say yes with singular voice at present
- Ange – high turnover of principals makes ‘buy-in’ difficult
- Bob – doesn’t see it as a barrier – greater contact/relation between schools would be positive.
Programme for rest of year outlined – PD
- 10 day course delivered – using blended learning principles – would be an ideal opportunity to share the project with wider school
- Bob impressed – with what has been achieved so far – must also include Niki as important component.