Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hello all, kia ora tatou

The Study Tour finished for me on a real high as three of us were privileged to spend some time at The Met in Providence. An inspirational visit. We went around the site with two very helpful students and talked with both Briana and Dennis. Wherever we looked students were focused, quietly working or engaged in robust discussion. All seemed purposeful and motivated. The four schools on this site reflect each other in terms of layout and all have a Principal and eight Advisories, plus a number of supporting staff who are also integral to the success of the schools (Social Workers, Guidance staff, Maths specialist, Learning Support (to name a few)).

John's emails have kept you pretty much up to date with the various schools we visited. These all had similarities and some differences, but what stood out for me was the sense of real purpose we encountered everywhere from the students and teachers. I am working on a paper for my senior leadership team and will publish further when this has gone to them.

My current work here at The Correspondence School is planning a series of six workshops for all of our 500 staff across the school working through some of the ideas and melding ideas into current best practice here at TCS.