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Last call for submissions to Tomorrow's Schools Review

As you’ll be aware, the consultation around the report on Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini (Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce) is closing soon and submissions to the taskforce close on 7th April. See, Have your say 2019. 

So far this year, educational communities have been invited to feedback via meetings, surveys (closed) and by oral and written submissions. This is an important and large piece of work that requires some in-depth thought, input and debate on our behalf - 30 years after the tomorrow schools model was first introduced.

Whether it means we unpack the intention of the key findings, debate the issues around equity, discuss proposals for rearranging administrative arrangements or each of the key issues and their recommendations, we need to be; informed, understand the issues at hand, and show some empathy while engaging respectfully with others who have differing opinions to our own. We need to be strong and stand up for what is good for all of the learners in our communities, and we need to be heard to our voice can help shape future policy, because who knows education better than the stakeholders themselves?

There is a lot at stake in the current proposals…New Zealand society has changed so much over the same time, that any reform that could make a difference needs to be very carefully considered. Professor Martin Thrupp and Dr Katrina McChesney, University of Waikato The Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce Report (Part 1 of 4): The lack of debate, one of four blogs submitted to Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.

Screenshot Tomorrow's school review 

Tomorrow's Schools Review from Ministry of Education on Vimeo.

In this video Bali Hague (Chair Tomorrow’s schools review taskforce) asks some overarching questions about whether or not our system is working effectively to prepare all of our children and young people for the future. One way to tackle the complex issues in this report, might be to address one/each of the key findings by using a Design Thinking model for thinking, where discussions can be facilitated enabling us to:

  • Empathise: Understand who is involved, who has the most to gain or lose and who is currently least well- served.
  • Define: Clarify and clearly define the challenges and issues at hand.
  • Ideate: Judgement is suspended where new proposals are explored.
  • Prototype: An iterative process is adopted through consultation, conversation and collaboration, where recommendations are shaped to meet the needs of those identified.
  • Test: Feedback is sought to help reshape recommendations and seek alternative solutions.

Critical element here is collective feedbackWhat conversations have you had in your learning community and what moves or concerns you the most in regards to the 8 key issues and their recommendations?

Also see, If you were the boss of education what would you do first? 

Join this group to contribute to discussions.

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