ReTooling School

"How do we ReTool school to make it engaging, empowering and success making? At the same time how do we guarantee equity and access so that what our government calls “priority learners”, have the same opportunities for 3rd millennium citizenship as everybody else?"

Russell Burt, Principal of Pt England School, says ‘ReTooling School’ requires:

1. a Change Pedagogy Imperative

The antecedents of this pedagogy, which in Manaiakalani we have called Learn, Create, Share, are in our recent history of Schooling Improvement, eLearning development and the development of Cultural Responsiveness with a prime example being Te Kotahitanga. When the essential aspects of these areas of learning are amalgamated and new media are used for the reception and delivery modes, the learner experience is completely different. It is more than possible to develop new learner agency, efficacy and leadership in learning. This journey to genuine citizenship will have three major hallmarks:

This pedagogical change imperative must drive all the other necessary ReTooling developments otherwise we will just be introducing toys and tools.

2. Operationalising of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The principles we need to embed in all our practice and development are Partnership, Participation and Protection. Essentially this means families, parents and children as genuine, safe, participatory partners.

If the operationalising of these principles along with the pedagogical change imperative is not determined at the outset, the retooling process will result in a solution set that does not empower and enable the agency of the learner and whanau and may in fact result in the next iteration of constraint and failure.

3. A new partnership around Schooling

In the work of ReTooling we have discovered that a new partnership is necessary around the delivery of education as not only are we unable to discover all the needed resource via vote education, but there are aspects of the work that at present, state education is not empowered to deliver.

4. Technical Provision

At an age determined by the community, each child must have their own appropriate net connected, learning focused device.

Each development must have a cloud solution that ensures “visible learning” with appropriate feedback -feedforward, identity and access management, permissioning and portability. School infrastructure must be robust enough, that using these media is as reliable as opening a book. For any time, any place, any pace learning to be a reality, home access must be provided at an affordable cost with appropriate safety and security measures.

5. R & D

Transparent research and development must be on-going and made honestly available to all partners.