learner agency

Celebrating leaders who foster learner agency in the adults they lead

Schools are increasingly focused on placing their learners at the centre. And there is plenty of research that tell us this is a very good thing! Teams are reflecting on the roles of ‘teacher’ and ‘learner’ and inquiring into the ways they keep learners at the centre. They’re asking questions such as:...

The power of a conversation

Schools are busy places. Classrooms are even busier places; it is all too easy to get through a day without having an informal/non-subject-focused conversation with a student. Sure, we may talk to them (and don’t get me wrong most teachers I speak with say that they feel like they talk all day) but have we really stopped and had a...

Engaging the disengaged

As educators, we have all heard inspiring stories of the teacher or mentor who changed the direction of a disengaged student. For me, it is the story of Marcus Akuhata-Brown that remains and resonates in my head and heart. Marcus was born in a small town on the East Coast of the North Island. He became a school principal at 21 years old...

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