I gave Heads of Faculty an opportunity to choose the model or models that best suited their faculty area. The station rotation activities in some faculties need refining.
Reluctance from some faculties and finding time to build content. We solved this through a lot of professional development, making sure the network was robust, appointing specialists to help teachers input material into our LMS, assigning certain staff particular responsibilities, building a specialist team to assist students and move us towards personalization. I regularly provide examples of programs that are working. I cannot claim we have overcome all obstacles.
Start early, persist, ensure resources (including facilities) assist the journey, recognise and reward achievers, focus on student feedback, consider obstacles such as the school timetable, be prepared to follow-up, don't assume anything!
Developing a new organisational architecture to support personalized learning. Digital technology is not enough to provide a real personalized experience, so I want to develop a team of focused specialists to assist students. We have people responsible for the student data dashboard, academic conditioning coaches, people responsible for the LMS etc.
We have developed an Academic Adviser program in which advisers (contracted from outside the school) work with students to promote self-regulation. The program has been operating for 5 years and the feedback from students, parents, academic advisers and other staff has been very positive.
We have also build excellent technology rich, collaborative learning facilities.
Saint Stephen's College is a P-12, coeducational, non-state (independent) school on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. We have approximately 1300 students, including 140 international students. We are a Microsoft Showcase school, a member of the Centre for Enterprise Education, and have been twice named as an outstanding innovator by Educator Magazine. The school was founded in 1995. Our website in www.ssc.qld.edu.au
Contact: Jamie Dorrington
Contact Title: Headmaster
Saint Stephen's College, Coomera, Queensland, Australia
PO Box 441