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Sharing effective practice between education institutions: Why and how?

One noticeable shift that has been underway for the last few years in education institutions in New Zealand and globally is the increasing awareness of the benefits of sharing effective practice, hand-in-hand with a growing willingness to share. The following are examples of this trend toward sharing, and both cite benefits, but are there any drawbacks, and what could this sharing 'look like' in the future?

To be part of this conversation, first watch the video below and then read Darren Sudlow's blog post "Why Communities of schools?". Next, post your thoughts around what you see as the benefits and barriers to sharing between education institutions.

The description from the site reads: At the First Federation in Devon, four primary schools have formed a hard federation in order to improve standards across the board. This allows them to share good practice by arranging senior leadership meetings, joint staff meetings and even
video conferencing to allow schools to link up and increase dialogue. Staff are able to change schools within the federation, which means that their knowledge can be shared further. Meanwhile, at BishopStopford School in Kettering, they have joined the Leading Edge
  Partnership Programme started by the SSAT. They work closely with four schools in their local area to share ideas and make a coherent strategy both at management level and for teaching and learning. The partnership also allows them to team up with local businesses,share lesson starters and brainstorm ideas to improve lessons and make them relevant for the world of work.

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Posted by Janey Nolan

Hi everyone - This is a local example of how teachers are sharing best practice as well as teaming up with local business, tourist operators etc..

I had an extremely exciting weekend visiting Mercury Bay Area school. The School has been working with Niwa and their community to plan for the impact global warming may have on their coastal environment in Whitianga. This project involved teachers from Maths, Science, Social Studies and English working collaboratively for 7 weeks with their community. The students have built models of the beach, been on field trips, held community workshops and are presenting their findings to the general public soon. The teachers have agreed to post their planning on their school website. When they do this i will post the link to their website.

It was such a pleasure to visit teachers who are so passionate about both their students and teaching pedagogy.


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