At NZCER’s recent series of curriculum conferences there was a lot of interesting discussion relating to the implementation of New Zealand’s revised curriculum. You can find out more about the conferences at http://www.nzcer.org.nz/default.php?cPath=21_394_396&page=1&sort=1d
I thought it might be useful to post some of the questions we discussed at the conferences here as an invitation for anyone interested to continue the conversation. Some of the questions posed were:
- How do we balance a national and a school-based curriculum? What are the universal things that all schools need to be doing? (Are there any?) What are the areas where schools have the freedom to choose what they teach and how?
- What does achievement look like and who decides?
- What role do structures play in initiating, processing and sustaining change?
- How do we support and grow leaders of learning at all levels – principals, teachers, students, BOT?
- How do you encourage staff to be brave and visionary?
- What are the barriers/ enablers for deep change?
- What are the most effective levers for changing the school culture?
What’s “on top” for you? What’s puzzling you about how we can move towards a more future focused view of learning and education, whilst still keep everything up and going on a day to day basis for today’s students ? What are the questions you think we all need to be asking? What are the most important things to think about?