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FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako

Posted by Tessa Gray

When: 9:00, 7 Sep 2017 - 16:00, 7 Oct 2017

Venue: Enabling e-Learning Leadership group

Fees: FREE

Organiser: Enabling e-Learning

Contact: tessa.gray@core-ed.net

smiley FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako, 7 September - 7 October

CollaborationWhat's working well in the early stages of CoLs development and what will need more time and focus for collaborative goals to be realised within and between schools?Collaboration is the #1 recurring theme for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. What does this mean and do we know we're being collaborative or successful in a collaborative model. We'd love for you to dive in and share what you think collaboration looks like in an innovative PLD model. This conversation will be hosted in the Leadership group

Audience: CoL leaders, school leaders, within/across school leaders, facilitators


  • Anna Voyce

    Hi, my name is Anna and I am currently working as an Across School Mentor within the Maungakiekie Kahui Ako.  What an exciting journey this has been for us!

    Within our COL we have our lead principal, our overall management team (principals) 4 Across School Mentors and 16 Within School Coaches.  

    Our major foci for Terms 1 and 2 of 2017 have been around gaining valid reliable data and the spiral of inquiry.

    In accordance with our achievement challenges the Across School Mentors have been working alongside the WSC's on raising their skills levels in assessment and the spiral so that they could then take this back to their own schools and be successful at leading and supporting their colleagues .  

    At the beginning of this year, there was a range of expertise within our COL in regards the Spiral of Inquiry and so a lot of time and effort has been put into raising the WSC's (and our own!) knowledge of the spiral so that by the end of 2017, every school/teacher within our COL is using the spiral of inquiry to drive change.  What this looks like - is twice a term we bring all our WSC's together and run professional development.  This gives our WSC's the time that they need to not only increase their knowledge, but it also gives them the opportunity to talk to other WSC's about what being a WSC looks like at their schools, they talk about what's working and any challenges that are presenting themselves.....this is such valuable time for us all and we intend to continue these sessions during the latter half of 2017.

    What is exciting, is the amount of enthusiasm that is currently present within our COL.  Yes there are ups and downs, yes there are high points and challenges....however 6 schools working together as one, supporting and caring for one another in order to give our children the best educational experience they can possibly have is very very powerful.

  • Tessa Gray

    Anna, kia ora and thank you for sharing such a great snippet of your school/CoL so far. I can really see how you've been inspired by a call for action through professional inquiry. I'm hoping when the forum kicks off we'll hear from more people working in and across CoLs - both from leaders and teachers. Why? Because I think it's really helpful to hear a variety of stories as we embark on new territory together ie: what's working, challenges, possible solutions. In fact I'd love to hear more...don't be surprised if I come and message you today for more... wink

    In the meantime, I hope you're rugged up and treating yourself with some relaxing time and catch-ups during these holidays. smiley

  • Sonya Van Schaijik

    Hi Tessa Gray, great to have this discussion.

    Do check out the FaceBook Page for Kāhui Ako set up by Rachel Boyd.

    I am an Across School Leader for ACCoS Kāhui Ako. This ACCoS site link will tell you more about us.

    We are into our third year so have lots to share about our journey. We have learnt to set up our structures and develop communication and connections across our 11 schools. Because before collaboration happens connections must be in place. We are now at that next level of teachers between and across schools working together. Like Anne's narrative we also needed to establish reliable data and understanding of spirals of inquiry. We share using a google+ community and highlight the importance of tracking our journey. These are exciting times as schools share more than just surface communication. 

  • Ritu Sehji

    Hi Anna, Tessa and Sonya,

    I agree Tessa, great post by Anna. I am intrigued to find out more about COLs hence joining in.

    All of your posts and shares are really helping me to gain a much better understanding of COLs and the impact it is having at your school on knowledge and skill building. I think gaining valid reliable data and then embarking on the inquiries is a great starting point, Anna! Sonya, thanks for sharing the links to your FB page for  Kāhui Ako and the ACCoS. This will help me gain insights into how COLs work. My school embarks on this journey soon and I am super excited about the opportunities and the possibilities☺

    Ngā mihi,


  • Tessa Gray

    Sonya, always exciting to hear from you my friend. Thanks for the Facebook invite, always useful to make connections to other social networking sites for teachers. Thanks also for sharing the web site for the CoL. Websites like Google is something I forgot to add to a previous forum on Connecting Communities of Learning through technologies. Google + sounds like a great tool to use for on-going blended connections. Does this help create some informality in the way you all work together do you think?

    Like Ritu says, I'd love to hear more about processes and resources for establishing reliable data and understanding spirals of inquiry. That in itself is complex - ie: what organizational structures need to be in place and what teacher capability/competencies are needed for this to happen well? 

    Ritu, please feel welcome to dive in and share your story when the forum starts on the 7th Sept as well. I'm hoping some folk will elaborate on some aspects of their professional inquiry, for some collaborative inquiry as well - ie: purpose, potential, possible barriers. So looking forward to chatting some more! smiley