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Introducing Catalyst to Coordinators of Inquiry

As part of our work in Ladner (see our first post here), we introduced Catalyst to 25 Coordinators of Inquiry. These are lead teachers who are released about one day a week to support their colleagues to engage in Spirals of Inquiry. A Post-It Note activity uncovered what would make the next two hours most
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Teacher Mentorship at the Delta Manor Education Centre

This post is dedicated to Hazel Owen, our amazing mentor in New Zealand and the Project Leader of uChoose, CORE’s tailored mentoring packages. Tashi Kirincic, Coordinator of Teacher Mentorship, Delta Manor Education Centre invited us to attend her morning workshop for the Teacher Mentorship programme that the Education Centre funds. You can read more about
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Spirals of Inquiry BC Tour: Live blogging series

Kia ora from Ladner, Delta! Suzi Gould (@SuziGould2) and Becc Sweeney (@beccasweeney) are Live Blogging and Tweeting from Ladner and Vancouver about learning innovations we come across as we engage with BC educators over the next ten days. Our main purpose while here is to bring Catalyst: the collaborative inquiry game to the Network of
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Thumbs up for Deaf Culture and New Zealand Sign Language Week!

Did you know that New Zealand has, along with English and te reo Māori, a third official language? Actually, it’s been that way since 2006! Engaging television, online and print advertisements may have recently caught your eye and alerted you to the fact that 8 – 15 May is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week
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Middle Leadership Matters

At the heart of an educational organisation are its middle leaders. Middle leaders often describe their position as rewarding, yet challenging. On one hand, they believe that they can directly influence teaching, leading and learning, and on the other, they feel a real tension between their dual role as teacher and leader. As influential leaders
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Learning from mental health: innovation in inclusive environmental design

At the end of 2016, I bumped into an art project that shook up my ideas about how we collaborate with our communities to build inclusive environments. The project was called Madlove: a designer asylum. It was conceived by artists the Vacuum Cleaner and Hannah Hull who brought together “people with and without mental health
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Bright Eyes: What does it mean to have a Pasifika lens?

Bright eyes burning like fire Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? How can the light that burned so brightly Suddenly burn so pale? Bright eyes (Art Garfunkel, 1978) I’ve been working for CORE Education for about four years. Along the way, I have had the privilege and pleasure of facilitating professional learning solutions
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Our history matters to our learning

History is very much a part of any culture. It shapes the way people within that culture think about themselves and about others. It shapes the way people view the world. It stands to reason, then, that history must impact on learning. This is undoubtedly the case in Māori culture. Recently, I was involved in
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Questing: a modern approach to learning design

  How might Game Artificial Intelligence (AI) inform and influence learning experience design in the future? What learning design used to be… and, sometimes, still is To begin to answer that far-reaching question, let us consider what learning design or instructional design was, and in many cases still is. Before the days of learner agency,

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