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  • Jim Peters 16 Oct 2016 8:40am () in Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016

    Kia ora Andrew. Pleasing to read that NAPP has broadened your thinking about leadership and changed the way you work.Good feedback.  If you were to boil down everything that the programme has thrown at you, what would you identify as: 1. the most valuable learning for you personally?; and 2. the most significant change in the way you work?

  • Jim Peters 21 Sep 2016 11:21am () in Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016

    Kia ora Nigel. Thanks for your reflection on how NAPP has influenced your thinking and leadership behaviour. In time you will look back on the year as a small, but hopefully significant, chapter in a long journey. I applaud that you are already thinking about how you will build on the learning you have done this year and keep moving forward. NAPP provides a platform for further growth; it is not an end in itself. So... How will you keep reviewing  your moral purpose, extending your understanding of our bicultural heritage and rapidly diversifying cultural landscape, developing your skills in relationship building, building leadership capacity in others etc, etc .... AND keep the learner at the heart of your day-to-day mahi? Ka pai your sharing, Nigel.   

  • Jim Peters 21 Jun 2016 8:56am () in Why are innovator’s mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016

    Kia ora Andrew. Thanks for the reposte and explanation of how you see priorities for leading change. I tautoko the concept of the leader as ''champion'. I also agree with the emphasis on community buy-in, but have some concerns about conservative thinking parents who are sceptical about modern learning trends and changing school environments from the traditional classroom that they knew when they were at school. How do you 'manage' those parents? What can leaders do to move forward if long held beliefs and attitudes are barriers to change? 

  • Jim Peters 16 Jun 2016 8:11am () in Why are innovator’s mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016

    Kia ora Andrew. Thank you for sharing so much useful information related to Innovative learning Environments. Reading your post was a reminder of all the work that has been done around system change in schools. I was particularly interested in the principles of 'effective' learning environments which, to me, seem ageless and universal. After mulling over your post, the big question for me lurks in your last sentence around how to introduce innovative learning. It's the old chestnut: how to lead change in teacher practice. 

  • Jim Peters 02 Nov 2015 8:12am () in Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015

    Kia ora Suzanne. I read your post with interest, especially the comments addressed to Sally. I admire your commitment to open-mindedness.  If schooling is going to forge ahead and meet future needs, open-mindedness is critical. My worry is that it is not as endemic as we might want it to be, including among our leaders.  Schools  tend to be conservative institutions, don't you think?  How much of a problem is resistance to change among leaders - and how can it be dealt with?

  • Jim Peters 10 Jul 2015 8:34am () in Great reading on coaching

    Thanks Jan. Great message. 

  • Jim Peters 28 Jul 2014 9:12am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    "Secondary schooling is in danger of becoming dangerously irrevelant...." That comment got my head spinning, Lynda. Hasn't secondary education been 'dangerously irrelevant' for many students for a long, long time? I think we might be on the cusp of an era when students themselves will make sure that their education IS relevant. Technology will empower them. As you say, exciting times lie ahead. Maybe it will be teachers who will become 'dangerously irrevelant'.    

  • Jim Peters 20 Jun 2014 8:05am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    Kia ora Rachel. Good post. You pinpoint lots of issues and challenges for secondary schools around setting up MLE's. Hopefully 'barriers' such as the constraints of NCEA and the deprivatisation of teaching space won't shut down forward thinking initiatives. There are pressures on leaders in secondary schools to lift NCEA results and forge a pathway into 'modern learning'.  Is it really difficult to achieve both? Where would you start if you became the principal of an established "traditional school" (your words)?     

  • Jim Peters 14 Nov 2013 2:05pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Kia ora Ian .... so ... what is success; what is failure?  What can schools do to enable every student to be successful? Is NCEA level 2 really the 'be all' in terms of defining success and failure at secondary school? What responsibility do principals have for student failure? It gets pretty complicated, eh? 

  • Jim Peters 14 Nov 2013 7:03am () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Talofa Tui. There are lots of sound and practical suggestions in your posting. You have also identified barriers, particularly that of staff buy-in. Getting staff 'on board' is a perennial challenge for school leaders making changes. What do you see as barriers that are specific to staff buy-in to e-learning? How should leaders deal with them? Are there any tools or methods or processes that might assist principals to overcome them? Modelling is risky if you aren't skilled and confident in use of technology. This raises the question: Does the principal have to be right up there up with the sharpest tools in the box of staff expertise in technology?