Articulating TC Values – Staff Meeting Activity 2013


On Monday afternoon (18/2) we will briefly revisit our journey to date as we establish our college purpose and vision and complete the process of deciding on our common core values that encapsulate this vision.  The main objective of the session is to collaboratively decide on 3-5 key/core values that when followed/promoted by the college community members, will allow us to achieve our purpose and vision.

We recently spent some time in a college meeting exploring these values in small groups – the results of which are shown in the Wordle below – the bigger the word the more often it was presented in the different responses from each group (though some issues with spelling and case – does meant it may not be entirely and accurate mathematical representation, it certainly does make for a good starting point for reflection on what was presented).   All group responses were presented in a previous blog (Read post)

This afternoon after we review “the path so far” – we will take a moment to view Ken Robinson’s -Changing Education Paradigm Video.  Though most of you have possibly seen this before (Posted previously by Tim Delaney), it is a worthwhile reflection on  how these notions are capture in our purpose and vision AND how these are then reflected in our College wide values.

See more Ken Robinson:

Some other (of my) favorite 21C / Education philosophers:

2013 PLT teams

Hi everyone.

Hello Senior Campus Staff.

I assume everyone is waiting with baited breath for details about exactly our P&D groups structure for 2013 will be, as the first meeting of these groups will be next week (Week 3)! Some changes have been made to this which are outlined below.

At the beginning of this year, the College Leadership team discussed the fact that the same group is called a PLT (Professional Learning Team) at the Junior Campus and P&D (Performance and Development) groups at the Senior Campus. Because of this, we have decided to adopt the PLT term, as professional learning really is the main focus of these groups.

Towards the end of 2012, the Campus Leadership Team reviewed the current work, progress and functionality of the P&D groups currently operating. For the first time in my time at this school (2007-now) these groups will be remaining largely unchanged into 2013 as we felt that most of these teams have been making progress, encourage and enable staff professional learning and are likely to enable us to achieve our new strategic plan objectives. For me, after switching from one group to another each year since P&D groups have existed, I think this is a good indicator that we are starting to get this process right!

There have been a small number of changes to the teams and the makeup of each team due largely to logistical reasons rather than issues with any of the groups.

Summary of changes to PLT’s for 2013
1. The competency based assessment group spent a lot of their focus on improving VET, specifically in the context of an external VET audit in 2012. As this process has concluded, it was decided that this group could no longer make a significant contribution to achieving our purpose of ‘growing together as adaptable, confidant, successful learners and citizens’.
2. SWPBS is a significant long term initiative which have a large impact on what happens in our classes and already has an established team, which meet voluntarily. This group will remain unchanged and will met during PLT meeting time.
3. The make up of some groups has changed to due staff changes between 2012-2013, which has left some groups to big, too small, or without representation from some KLD groups. Significantly, we will be running only 1 inquiry learning group, which will be led by Paul Crutchley and Sue Coffey. Being a larger group, this group will do some of it’s work in smaller groups, but very much aligned with each other.
4. The ‘Applied Learning’ group (which was previously the VCAL group) has broadened it’s scope to become the ‘Engagement’ group. This reflects a change in the groups direction during 2012 where the started to move away from designing Applied Learning programs, to focussing the key elements of these programs, which are designed to improve engagement and depth of understanding, so that these elements can be applied to all classes, even ones where the applied learning format may not be possible or appropriate.

So, the PLT groups for 2013 are……

PLT                              Leader
eLearning                     Mark Seijbel
Engagement                Aden Wyers
Inquiry Learning          Paul Crutchley, Sue Coffey
Formative Feedback   Chris Lehner
SWPBIS                      Nicole Ashton

Please check out the attached document for the details as to who is in each team.

Have a great weekend!!

2013 PLT group members

21 Century Skills

Today at the Senior Campus we begin our formal exploration into the notion of teaching and assessing 21 Century Skills.

The resources used are provided below.

Please share your ideas and suggestions on how the college travels through this journey in the comments below.