Posts by: Chris Sturgis

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…… Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

Diplomas or Certificates of Achievement? A Look at NZ’s NCEA

The American high school diploma is a powerful benchmark, but a very weak credential. We want every teenager to walk across the stage to get their diploma. But what the diploma actually means is highly questionable. Some students receiving a diploma can barely read,….. Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

How Competency-Based is New Zealand?

This is the final article in the series Baskets of Knowledge from Aotearoa New Zealand, which highlights insights from a totally different education system about what is possible in transforming our education system. Read the first article here…… Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand: Key Competencies

This is the tenth article in the series Baskets of Knowledge from Aotearoa New Zealand, which highlights insights from a totally different education system about what is possible in transforming our education system. Read the first article here.

Aotearoa New Zealand offers so many insights and inspirations in our work to forge a personalized,….. Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand: Defining Lifelong Learning

This is the ninth article in the series Baskets of Knowledge from Aotearoa New Zealand, which highlights insights from a totally different education system about what is possible in transforming our education system. Read the first article here.

Day by day,….. Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

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…… Read More

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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…… Read More

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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…… Read More

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