Monday, February 28, 2005

A dramatic restructure!

We now have our new college management, leadership and PL structure for 2005 up and running. It's taken some time to clarify role descriptions for the new positions and these will continue to evolve.

The new structure is focussed on supporting teachers with classroom learning, teaching and assessment. Subject areas have been combined into Learning Area Groups (the green areas on the map) with the deliberate intention of placing different areas together - eg Mathematics and Visual Arts.

The number of people with PY10 responsibility and time release has increased from a leadership team of 3 in 2004 to:

  • PY10 Management - 2
  • PY10 Facilitators - 3
  • Py10 Learning Group Leaders - 6

This gives a total team of 11.

All cross-college roles (purple area on map) will have support in PL and implementation issues to do with the wider State of Learning Agenda - particularly Guarenteeing Futures.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

GUTs and TOEs

Over the last few months I have been involved with an international online group on Integral Theory. Integral Theory has developed significantly over the last 25yrs with many international groups searching for Grand Unifying Theories (GUTs) and Theories Of Everything (TOEs). We have been discussing Ken Wilber's 4 Quandrant model where all human experience is divided into inner and outer experience and individual and group experience giving 4 quadrants.

Anyway during one of our telephone conference calls we were challenged to come up with “integral biographies” of ourselves to share on an online forum as a way for others to get to know us better. I was quite pleased with my handiwork so I thought I'd share it. More on Integral Theory later...

First an integral pictorial bio without fussing about placement in quadrants...

And then mapped as a 4 quadrant integral bio...

An interesting exercise...


Saturday, February 12, 2005

Joining the Independents and Privates

Yesterday I got a picture (with gritted teeth?) of the new Hobart College PY10 Leadership Team (Hazel, Heather, Sheenagh, Tony) at ZEPs on the way to Newstead College.

The large meeting (60?) was the first between State colleges and private and independent schools who have recently joined the State Colleges' PY10 process. It went very well with many of the same issues being voiced about directions in education that were expressed by college teachers last year.

We all read and discussed a summary paper on last year's PY10 process and outcomes written by the State PY10 Management Team. There were many suggested changes to the paper and a new edited version will be sent to all colleges and schools by the end of next week.

A number of people from private and independent schools understandably found it a little overwhelming joining the PY10 process after one year. Some called for a glossary to help with terms - some of which have almost become second nature to college teachers over the last year - how quickly we change... Mind you even college teachers still find terms like 'transformational' or 'transdisciplinary' hard to grapple with. :-)

The next stage of the State process will be to write some issues papers beginning with the intended outcomes for 11/12 curriculum drafted last year and moving forward to possible curriculum frameworks that might enable these to be realised by year 11/12 students from 2008.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

PY10 on holiday!

Some time ago I discovered that you can rent holiday accommodation from LJHooker. Sue (my wife - lhs) and I got a 3 bedroom house for a week - here I am (rhs) roughing it with friends at Denison Beach just north of Bicheno:

I've done quite a bit of reading - some really interesting stuff on Integral Theory in physics and education. The physics integral theory was about Ervin Laszlo's Connectivity Hypothesis looking at the relationship between consciousness and the quantum foam. I like the idea that the quantum foam might be holding information about the entire universe in the form of a hologram - a record of everything that has ever happened in the universe... intriguing...

I've spent a lot of time in the garden - I even have cucumbers because our early warm spring give us such a long summer for Tassie. And I can now use the internet to make free international phone calls (using Skype) and have joined in several international 'concalls' on Integral Education - but more about that later...