In 2013, a group of experienced Independent school Principals began working with the Project Zero team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to identify leadership practices needed to explore, plan and implement school innovations for 21st century learning.
Now, three years down the track, the team discuss the highlights and what they have implemented at their schools.
Leading Learning That Matters is now an exciting two-year collaboration that sees experienced Principals working with Project Zero scholars who have extensive practical and research experience in educational change:
Professor David Perkins, Principal Investigator. David Perkins is the Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recently retired from the Senior Faculty. He has conducted long-term programs of research and development in the areas of teaching and learning for understanding, creativity, problem-solving and reasoning in the arts, sciences and everyday life. He has also studied the role of educational technologies in teaching and learning, and has designed learning structures and strategies in organisations to facilitate personal and organisational understanding and intelligence.
Dr Daniel Wilson, Director and Principal Investigator. Daniel Wilson is the Director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he is also a Principal Investigator, a Lecturer, Faculty on the Doctorate for Educational Leadership, and the Educational Chair at Harvard’s ‘Learning Environments for Tomorrow’ Institute – a collaboration between the Harvard graduate schools of education and design. His teaching and writing explores the inherent socio-psychological tensions – dilemmas of knowing, trusting, leading and belonging – in adult collaborative learning across a variety of contexts. Specifically he focuses on how groups navigate these tensions through language, routines, roles, and artefacts.
Dr Flossie Chua, Senior Research and Project Manager at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on understanding how we can nurture good thinking and practices that develop the capacity for informed and positive action. Her projects involve exploring emerging practices of progressive paedagogies in schools and the shared leadership structures in schools that support them, as well as innovative paradigms for visual artists and the arts to operate in relationship to their communities and the world.
Working with this team, the Principals bring benefits to their schools and communities in many practical ways. This program recognises the fundamental importance of the leadership role played by Principals. It enhances their leadership skills, drawing on the expertise of informed international and local partners.
This work is supported through residential workshops, an international study tour, including a customised residential seminar at Harvard University, site visits and meetings with international business leaders and the ongoing support from both the Harvard team and ISV.
Leading Learning that Matters is supported by former principal Aynur Simsirel and leaders within ISV, including Michelle Green and Kate Anderson. For more information, please contact Kate Anderson on (03) 9825 7230.