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Forging connections within and across the ILE's

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Started by Helen H 06 Aug 2020 1:41pm () Replies (5)

Teaching in a school of close to 600 students (6 studios), sometimes it can feel like we are 6 little separate schools. Can you please share any ideas you have for strengthening and broadening relationships across a school for both students and staff?


  • terrywithers (View all users posts) 07 Aug 2020 4:36pm ()

    Just a short question: have you asked the whānau?

  • Helen H (View all users posts) 07 Aug 2020 4:45pm ()

    Kia ora Terry

    Yes we went through an extensive process with consultation with whānau. Perhaps we need to revisit the responses to remind ourselves of what the whānau felt was important.

    Thank you for the reminder - that is a very rich resource that we have.

  • terrywithers (View all users posts) 07 Aug 2020 5:02pm ()

    Awesome how you have already done this, and this is usually the case where we tend to consult with them and then identify what 'we' think is important - we need to then follow that up with another hui and share the 'general' thoughts that have come about from the consultation and to see from that what they think is important etc and keep this cycle going (a lot of work to begin with but I can imagine how valuable this would be if we took it to the next level).  Good luck - would love to know how it goes if you do.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 11 Aug 2020 10:05am ()

    Engagement with community

    @terrywithers your engagement cycle sounds invaluable. As you say through consultation, sometimes the power goes beyond informing, through to participation and collaboration. ie: Inform (website, fact sheets, displays) >>> Consult (surveys, focus groups, open meetings, call for submissions) >>> Involve (workshops committees advisory panels, microsites) >>> Collaborate (deliberate, forums, summits, juries)

    Helen, are you working in collaborative teams already and do you engage in collaborative inquiry? Here's an Enabling e-Learning resource to support that process.











    Also thought I'd throw out an idea about using social networks across and within your school to help bring your community together to address common goals. Might seem strange as you're in the same location, but there could be increased forms of communication, collaboration or fun challenges to address using social networking tools etc.

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