Our Journey: Revisioning, Consultation & Strategic Development
Consultation with Stakeholders
These responses were synthesised alongside thoughts of staff, leadership team and trustees to form our new vision, values, learner qualities and strategic plan. Click here to see these in more detail.
The Golden Circles
Te Kowhai School's
An important visual for us at Te Kowhai is our GOLDEN CIRCLES. Based on some of the thoughts and readings of Simon Sinek (see clip), and also has strong correlations to the work of NZ's Julia Atkins (see below right)
The Golden Circles are WHY, HOW, and WHAT.
For us we felt it important to add a 4th circle in the centre....WHO
WHO are our learners? WHO is our staff? WHO is our community?
All decisions focus on the WHO/WHY (e.g. Vision, Learner Qualities) before looking at HOW and the WHAT.
Our WHAT's e.g. BYOD, Innovative Learning Environments, iPad 1:1's etc would mean little/nothing without the prior deep thought into the inner circles.
We have spent a lot of time thinking carefully about our vision for teaching and learning (see below). The HOW is much around the system development and change management e.g. staff development, collaborative teaching etc
This mental model ensures that we make astute decisions and keep focused along the stages of our journey.
Key Principles: Our Vision
Julia Atkins - From Values and Beliefs about Learning to Principles and Practice
An outstanding read, that assists schools in making their decisions based on core values and beliefs, and ensures alignment between these values and their practices.
The tension we feel from comparing our mental image of a desired future with today’s reality is what fuels a vision. Marjorie Parker (Parker, 1990:2)
"Simply stated, we need values and vision driven development in which the question we are regularly asking of ourselves, as individual educators and school communities, is how well are we achieving what we value and believe; how well does our current situation match our vision of what is possible?"