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A Visitor from Harvard University

Dr Flossie Chua from Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), along with Michele Bernshaw and Kate Anderson from Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), spent two days at CGGS in early August. They documented our work in the Leading Learning that Matters (LLtM) project that I have been involved in for the last 18 months. They were so impressed by our work that it will be published in a HGSE publication on this initiative and they will visit again in 2019 to continue to document and discuss our work on designing educational programs.

During the visit Dr Chua was particularly interested in how our ‘Learning that Matters’ (LtM) ideas are transferred into action in a structured and sustainable way. From a whole school perspective, we have been developing the CGGS Educational Ecosystem, a visual representation of the key drivers of learning in our school. It is still a work in progress and has been developing as a result of continued discussions.

This ecosystem allows us to focus on specific educational drivers at any point in time, from a whole school perspective, a department or classroom perspective and from an individual professional learning perspective. The drivers of learning are classified under the categories of culture, wellbeing, environment, pedagogy and curriculum and are all key components of a CGGS education.

Dr Chua was also interested in some distinct ‘Pictures of Practice’ that have been embedded into our curriculum such as the Girls Invent program.  This program is a great example of the ‘life-worthy learning’ spoken about by Professor David Perkins – learning that we can utilise to build new knowledge, apply to new situations and learning that can be broad and adventurous. I am particularly interested in developing strategies that engage our students’ minds to assist them to dive deeper into their learning, linking them with organisations and real world practices.

During the visit, Dr Chua interviewed our Score Buddy inventors – Alice Wilson, Mikayla Lee and Susannah Lutze from Year 8 to gain a deeper understanding of their learning throughout the Girls Invent process.  She was very excited about the influence of this project on the girls’ thinking and how readily they perceived themselves as problem solvers who could apply the principles of what they had learnt to new situations.

It is very exciting for our work to be recognised by the research team from Project Zero at Harvard University. We look forward to continuing to develop our programs guided by the latest research and leading international thinkers on contemporary educational design.

With best wishes,


Debbie Dunwoody
Principal

 

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