Posts by: Chris Sturgis

Karori Normal School: Becoming Student-Centered with UDL

The series on Aotearoa New Zealand continues here with several articles on Karori Normal School.

Karori Normal School (KNS) was the first school I visited in New Zealand. (Normal refers to a relationship with a college of education to offer teaching opportunities and mentoring to student teachers.) As always,

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Locations: New Zealand

Professional Learning….Every Day at Hobsonville Point

The series on Aotearoa New Zealand continues here with the fourth article on Hobsonville Point Secondary School.
One of the questions I asked at every school I visited in New Zealand was how they developed the  instructional & assessment capacity to support Overall Teacher Judgment, a core aspect of their education system.

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Making Connections Across the Curriculum at Hobsonville Point

The series on Aotearoa New Zealand continues here with the second article on Hobsonville Point Secondary School.

One of the three principles driving Hobsonville Point Secondary School (HPSS) curricular design is Connections. It starts with creating a culture, environment, and structure that strengthens relationships. “Teaching and learning is a relationship-based concept.

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Locations: New Zealand

Challenging Convention at Hobsonville Point Secondary School

by Chris Sturgis

The series on Aotearoa New Zealand continues here with a look at Hobsonville Point Secondary School.

Co-construction, connection, and collaboration are the name of the game at Hobsonville Point Secondary School (HPSS) in Auckland. Oh, and I’d add one more – challenging convention. HPSS is designing learning experiences for students taking advantage of the flexibility offered by New Zealand’s National Certification of Educational Achievement policies.

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Welcome to LearningEdge!

by Chris Sturgis

Welcome to LearningEdge! As you can see it’s under construction.

I’ll be wrapping up CompetencyWorks on December 31st. And picking up here at LearningEdge January 1. It’s all a bit overwhelming, leaving a project I co-founded and launching independently. A bit like going over a huge rock in a river. (Yes indeed I was in that raft and screaming out of my mind.)

I’ll continue to write here at LearningEdge.

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Laying the Groundwork: Respect, Trust, and Learning (Part 1)

by Chris Sturgis

I get asked all the time by school leaders, “Where should we start?” It’s hard to give any one answer, as context matters. It all really depends on your own path of improvement, the strengths of your school, and why you want to modernize your school. However, there are three places that are certainly worth making sure you have laid the groundwork.

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Laying the Groundwork: Shared Understanding of How Children Learn (Part 2)

What is your shared understanding of how children and adults learn that guides your school culture, design, instruction, and assessment?

I’ve been developing a series of virtual seminars (ready to go by February 1st if you are interested) to help teams in districts and schools expedite the process of understanding of what it means to modernize our education system.

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