Empowering Staff at the Innovating Stage

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In my last blog post I wrote about the different types of professional development staff need, depending on the stage of their journey in a new initiative. I recently got to see a great example of how a school supports their top staff, those who are at the innovating stage of a school technology initiative.

Case Study: Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College is an Apple Distinguished School in Western Australia and has been focused on using technology to maximise student learning for several years now. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for a new podcast from Corpus Christi focusing on pedagogy, teaching and learning practice. The Staffroom is an initiative of Apple Distinguished Educator Jamie Clark, Michael Royall and Tessa Johnson, all colleagues in the English department at Corpus Christi.

It was great to be part of the launch of this new initiative and to see Jamie, Michael and Tessa, three practitioners operating at the ‘innovating’ stage of their schools technology initiative, challenging themselves with this new venture. They’ve identified and begun to implement a project that will not only stretch their own skills and knowledge, but will also benefit their school colleagues and educators around the world. 

I’ve been fortunate to be involved with Corpus Christi College over a number of years now through different roles and I love the culture of continuous innovation they have developed with their staff. The school leadership team actively encourage experimentation with new ideas and support their innovators with time, encouragement and resources. The staff are also fortunate to have an onsite critical friend in the form of their Director of Learning Technologies, Daniel Budd, another Apple Distinguished Educator, who provides support, challenge, feedback and practical advice for the team as they work on this new initiative.

Have a listen to the first two episodes of The Staffroom, it’s shaping up to be a valuable addition to your professional learning collection.