The shape and structure of our school systems affect our teachers and their ability to teach effectively and, in turn, affect our students and the way they learn. Gone are the days of teachers standing at the front of a classroom of silent children; the notion of connectedness and collaboration within the classroom as students demonstrate teamwork and communication is becoming more widely accepted. But have we applied this concept of connectedness to whole schools and communities globally?
In this issue, we first take a look at schoolwide system change through the lens of a leader, the big picture. How can a community of schools affect student learning so wholly? We then home in on the science behind student learning, and how to best help them retain new knowledge, to form a picture of a successful school at all stakeholder levels.
Complete these courses during the final days of school for a push of inspiration to move you into the new year or bookmark the learning to set yourself up after the holidays. This drop is not to be missed!
The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) is the largest professional association in the education sector in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. They are on a mission to enhance leadership capacity through the delivery of high quality programs, including the newest course to land on EC Premium: The Devil in the Details: System Change in Action with Michael Fullan. Explore ways to strengthen success through connections with other schools, linking upward to the system as a whole.
LME Global is a mission-driven company serving students, teachers, and educators through learning science translation. Cofounded by cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, in his new course, Principles of Learning, he uncovers the science of learning by exploring three key principles of how human beings learn. Drawn from brain, behavioural, and educational research, these principles are learning 'nuggets' that can shine a light on more traditional classroom practices.
Kim Marshall, drawing on his decades as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their "designated reader." He is a renowned and prevalent educator in the US, leading workshops and courses, coaching school leaders and consulting with schools and districts since 2002. This course, What Makes Learning Stick: Brain Science and Memory is taken from The Marshall Memo, a weekly roundup of important ideas and research in K-12 education, and covers aspects of the neuroscience of learning and strategies to manage student working memory.
Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, writer, and university lecturer with a passion for effective classroom teaching. Her upcoming course, The Power of Inquiry is an inspiring and comprehensive guide to the implementation of quality inquiry practices in the contemporary classroom.
Have you seen Kath Murdoch’s short courses on EC Premium? Check them out here.
Margaret Thorsborne is committed to strengthening the connections between people with a focus on the need to rebuild relationships in the wake of harmful antisocial behaviour. Restorative practices within schools is a whole school teaching and learning approach that encourages behaviour that is supportive and respectful. In her upcoming course, Margaret will delve deep into strategies that will repair and improve relationships within schools.
Have you seen Margaret Thorsborne’s short course on EC Premium? Check it out here.
The Inclusive School is currently developing a course that aligns with their vision: that school is a place where all learners feel included, diversity in learning is celebrated, and families and educators are equipped with the inspiration and resources to support students to achieve success and satisfaction in their learning. Coming soon to EC Premium, this course will enlighten teachers about learning diversity and equip them with strategies and tools to assist and include diverse learners in the classroom.
Check out a short preview of the short course by Michaela Epstein at Maths Teacher Circles: Powerful Teaching Tools for the Maths Classroom where you will engage in experiences that will get you excited again about teaching maths.
Our Featured Playlists are included in all schools’ Learning Hubs and are a great way to see a variety of high-quality content from different providers, all with just one click!
This month, we are featuring a playlist to support the professional growth of all staff in your school. No matter our role, we all have a shared responsibility for making schools a welcoming, efficient and exciting place to work and learn, and these resources are here to empower you to get the most out of your career as an educator. Whether it’s managing your time more efficiently with Harvard University, learning to run better meetings with CreativeLive, upskilling in software with Intellezy, or building great habits with Blinkist, there is something here for everyone!
Located in Sydney's western suburbs and part of the Nirimba Collegiate, Seven Hills High School has worked with the Executive Leadership Team at EC by Go1 for the past year. Together, we have focussed on coaching, support and building bespoke online Professional Learning workshops to sit on their EC Premium platform.
In April 2022, CEO of EC by Go1, Dave Faulkner and Learning Designer, Glenn Solomons delivered a workshop at the Seven Hills High School Leadership Retreat. During the workshop, the leaders determined their strengths and areas of growth to better understand each other and work more collaboratively. The teams then developed a clear plan for implementing their 2022 goals. It was a success!
Midway through the year, The Seven Hills Learning Hub was launched on the platform with the executive team and included two one-hour workshops with their dedicated EC by Go1 Learning Designer, Leadership Consultant and Education Success Manager (ESM). During the workshops, the Seven Hills team learned the EC Premium Hub hacks and ‘how-to’s’, searched for appropriate content to assign to their team and even completed a 10-minute course!
Use this amazing school as inspiration and reach out to your EC by Go1 ESM about acquiring further support with Professional Learning days and Learning Design with our expert team of teachers and leadership consultants. Or, consider a Rapid Upskill workshop with your dedicated ESM to kick off your school’s learning in 2023!
Ben works to help your school subscribe to EC Premium to change game for your staff’s professional learning. As a former teacher and leader at schools including Melbourne Grammar and Haileybury, Ben has real-world understanding of the K-12 sector. He also brings deep business development experience from his time with Pivot Learning and The Outdoor Education Group. Ben holds a master’s degree in education from Monash University.
A fun fact about Ben:
As a boy, Ben performed at six Carols by Candlelight and went on to study voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
What a year 2022 has been! From growing our team and launching EC Premium, to working with incredible content partners, educational leaders and schools, to creating tonnes of engaging course content for educators. It’s been a big one! Lots of learning curves, heaps of constructive feedback and a wonderful amount of support. We would not be here without you. We appreciate your efforts in reading this far (congrats, it’s a long post!), for participating in the courses, and for being the passionate, soulful and inspiring educators that are driving the growth of the new generation.
A huge THANK YOU from the entire EC by Go1 team!