Courageous people in a disruptive world Glen Gerreyn

Courageous people in a disruptive world

Glen Gerreyn

PD today – unedited notes

Be connected
More mindful
Be wise

Work is a prison unless it has meaning
Motivation is not a problem rather it is lack of vision
Do you have a vision that compels
To be successful be strategic quitter not a reactive quitter
you need to reach flow in focus – no distractions
Raise hand , raise hand higher then raise it higher by standing up.
Moon shots – aim for the moon. You cannot work with existing assumptions when you are thinking that big.
Follow one course until successful
Think beyond the small square of now

What is it is possible – at least you can get close.

Future Edge – book.
Your eyes and ears only see and hear what you are looking forward.
Why have you stopped giving your permission to fail – rapid reiteration.
When failure is not an option success is really expensive.

If you only attempt the things that work you will leave a lot of opportunity on the table.

The first person with a fax machine – what did they do with it.

7% of the population could read when the Guttenberg press was

You can be prepared but never ready.

Do I need to expand/cross fertilize my network

None of us are smart of us as all of us.

Experience won’t make you better rather evaluate experience.

Mindfulness is the ability to know what is happening in your head at a given moment without getting carried away by it.

Mindfulness not mindlessness.

Use silence well just be with them no words
Wisdom not knowledge is power.

Just have gratitude for how far you have come.


1. Commit
2. Take one idea do something this arvo to get one step closer


AHISA 2016 Day 3

Unedited notes

AHISA 2016 Day 3

Dr Barbara Spears
Nothing about us without us: youth voice and participatory co design for interventions


University of SA was a Primary Schiool Teacher

Cyber bullying, bystander behaviour….


How do we move students on councils to be co designers researchers of the work we do in schools.

Key areas to examine – challenges, situating youth, change in school practices, youth as co researchers and youth voices.

Everything we do must be evidence informed.

Challenge – when were you born in relation to the web, do we use the tools the way our youth do, socialising occurs on and offline, traditional research and ire entire processes in a changing technological setting, doing science and gathering evidence New Phenomenon =research rush but what does it mean at a practical level, how best to gather the information , translation to policy and practice, three cultures on a shared mission (scientists, policy designers, deliver on the policies the teachers ), tensions between these worlds, designing effective prevention and intervention strategies ( universal, rapid response targeted strategy), effective implementation (are we all on the same page ), the context in which we operate ( we are not the experts we are people with wisdom) and what happens when we invert this whole process?

In different contexts their is different normalities.

Situating childhood from passive to engaged. They are social actors and agents and have the right to voice their opinion. Check 2014 UNICEF Digital Rights of the Child.

Reframe cyber bullying – this is where participatory methods are important.

If there is no meaning for you you will not embrace change. Adults have not experienced cyber bullying.

Check Hart’s ladder of participation

Prensky has moved from digital natives to digital wisdom for youth.

Don’t build websites – young people don’t go there. Look up Keep it tame, Appeciate a mate, something haunting you and Goalzie.

If you want to change culture start with social Norms

Text and tweet like you will end up in court. Dance as if no one was watching you.

We are the end point of research – we can tip this.
Panel of Principalship


70% of Australia’s 10000 Principals retire in 5 years.

Jane Wilderness School, Nick Hately Rebecca Clarke and Cain McDonald

Wilderness Jane Danvers
English teacher In same school and came back. Becoming a Principal comes as a surprise. Creating a world that is better for us. Say yes when things come across your path. Some times the opportunities don’t come at the right time. I am glad I did not know everything when I did start. I do know it is a whole of life – hours are not yours. It becomes the rhythm of your life. Networks important in times of need it can be lonely.

Trinity College Gawler

PDHPE and science teacher. 3700 students employ 700 people. Right place at right time. When a Head you don’t get to hear the discussion about decisions passed down. People in leadership have additional information. Loneliness and burden. Lot of people have intellectual abilities but emotional abilities is very important and need to grow as a person. Working with Board perspective important. Deputies are skewed to teachers. Best way to get another job is to do a great job in your current job. If you don’t want to be judged not do it. I want the staff to know I am all in but not at the expense of your family. Leadership philosophy – people have not thought about it – right people right places, set the direction and live the sculpture and standards of the school.
Rebecca Clark Walford School

New kid on block and aging pretty quickly.
What I did not realise that the leading had started anyway very early. At age 23 was a middle level leader. Be able to say yes not because of strategic opportunities but because I wanted to be involved. Need to align ourselves with the school you want to live. Balancing a blended young family of four children. You need people in your family to support you. I wish I realised how heavily invested I would be e optionally – it is hard to switch off. It never leaves you.

Cain McDonald a Lutheran College Tatachilla?

Knew I was going to be a teacher of history. Don’t go back to ‘your’ school till you have been elsewhere

Outdoor education teacher in a girls school, then faculty coordinator and temporary daily coordinator. Served on a lot of committees. Outside still involved in history and became involved in HTA Victoria. Chance meeting at Croydon Pub – we need to get you into a Lutheran schools. Took job and did not know at this point the Principal was retiring and then put my hand up. When are you leaving us? Interesting question but needs to be thought about. Hard transition moving interstate. Importance of models, mentors coaches – conscious and structured. Been describes as emotionally stable don’t worry what people think of me but would worry if they felt I did not support them. Thrive on the ability to work with a whole range of people.


Have you applied and missed out and how did that effect you? Yes it has to be the position that you think you are going to get and will invest in the process. Dust yourself off and get on with it. There is a danger in over applying for every position – desperate for a leadership or desperate to get out of a situation. There is a line yes we would give you the job but there is someone is more suited to the position. Are you the right fit for that job.

New Principals what would be the first thing when you go into the role? The really successful ones high quality relationships not the slash and burn model – get to know your community and culture. People are highly invested in that. In addition, no matter what you are inheriting , (remediation, risk or strong), you are going in behind someone else – need to respect this. In first few weeks many people wanted to tell me what was wrong. So listen and need to establish priorities. Respect the narrative of the place you are coming into. You do need to put your mark fairly early – acknowledge the students first.


Mark Smith Toward autonomy and beyond: 21st Century learning


Gifted and Talented Coordinator Mentone Gramma School
PDHPE teacher said he struggled to engage with the profession. That is I have to be able to do more. I feel I am innovative and wanted the opportunities to do things. Tells the story as his journey over the years

Discussed embedded formative assessment – teaching is hard – Dylan Wiliam

Comments are so much more important. Encourage student collaboration.

Reinvention as a new teacher or do I consider an new vocation. Post Grad Cert in Gifted Education. Empowering access to knowledge and skills. What works? Inquiry learning tasks with clear learning intentions and clear success criteria.

Could a mentor be used in an inquiry based class? Could this proved an answer to engage students. Started very small Maths Talent Quest. Focus formalise inquiry questions, weekly short term goals, weekly progress check, engage students to challenge their thinking, encourage student reflection take a personal interest and offer advice.

Build a series of mentors who would work with students for 10 weeks. All students entered the competitions but some wanted to be mentored. Next stage students wanted to do the process themselves with out a mention and they still would do well in the competitions.

Mentoring 16 of the top Year 12 students.
Look up
Grit Angela Lee Duckworth
Growth mind Set Carol Dweck
The resilience project Hugh van Cuylengurg
Dr Erica McWilliam ‘meddler in the middle’ the ability to unlearn and relearn for oneself.
Dr Jim Watters and Dr Carmel Diezmann

Now to implement this in your school? You have to be very disciplined he teachers 5 lessons and mentors 60 students a week. One on three can work. One on class can work. Provide PD and use your staff experts. Target Year 12 able and those most fragile.

Several years on what has been learnt? Tailors rich learning opportunities or differentiation, encourages risk taking with support, encourages student confidence which is transferable models a process how to learn and what to learn hence autonomy, enhances our pose of class, empowers students to know, can see relative auto only empowers them to be autonomous researchers and learners, become very active participant, enter collaboration with more confidence, builds high student expectation in them selves , assists in building reader academic culture in the school and provided invaluable skills for life after school. Had to add a community project module for groups of five. Students wanted to become mentors for younger students.

A school with a growing academic culture. Last year of 16 students ATAR 93-99 one 93 the rest over 95 and 9 over 99.

His passion as a teacher is reignited. He has found his place in a area that is the best for me.
Brendan Spillane
Performance patters a reflection of what high performing leaders pay attention to


Executive Coach business, education and elite sports.

International OUR Network Group presenter on international conference Thinking. Cultural change feedback systems and skills for crucial conversations. Leaders to take personal responsibility. Was a Principal. Looks at high performing people.

218 nights on the road last year, lot of time to think and be alone and time in the Qantas Club. 20% business 40 sport and 4O education

Story teller.

Thank you what you do.

Bill O’ Brien the success of any intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener

Talk about the performance pattern people get things done in busy world. It would be good to meet as people not positions. Give yourself permission to be here.

You get the session you deserve. The presence your bring to the session gives you the session you deserve.

We are only people through other people. Avoid weapons of mass distraction into your pockets.

VUCA Volitility Uncertainity, complexity ambiguity.

Why do smart people live with a stupid dynamic.

Nicholas Carr The Shallows 2010

His teenager is a screenager.

We are the frontier for young people. The future is a place still worth going to. Adults laugh to give children a reason to grow up.

High performance. Energy not time is the key to high performance. Jim Loehr

Schools run on discretionary effort – things you don’t ask for.

Where I was and where I am.

Do you live with absence or presence in your work.

I have a lot of fun in my life but not enough joy his son asked him. We can learn off our children. Outside of me everything looks good. Inside me I am busy and no joy. I used to have joy when you had time for me. I lost touch with having joy and giving joy – presence and energy.

New Zealand rugby they do it well. Worked with super 15 coaches. PM personal meaning time. Our job is to turn what you do the concept into tools. At teacher who is not a learner is like a mountaineer who does not climb. Student – have you been there? Don’t just point to the summit.

Presence not planning is the fundamental currency of school performance – there are people upstream. Need to walk upstream to see what the issue is. Solving with band aids issues which could be solved better what we know is what is wrong. Don’t close the door with strategic planning.

Giving up
Keeping up
Speeding up
Standing up

What do they do to protect presence, space to the performance pattern.

Did work with Rio bound NZ coaches. Who among you is influential – they all said Paul. The first thing he said. If I cannot do my work under these values I cannot do it

‘Everyone if fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind . Always.’

teaching imperfect ably job done by perfectionists


What leadership stance?

They know it’s not about them. Looking for ecosystem not ego system. Some leaders see venous twice a day when they clean their teeth. There is a shift to collaborative leaders though traditional leadership is important but not the default setting. When less is personal there is less to defend.

More than literacy and numeracy – there is more to being human. When they leave us they know there is a place for them. Don’t fail childhood.

Confidence and humility can be together.

Is it say to talk in your meetings?


All of these people get strong feedback on their impact. Intention and impact are not the same thing. People too unaware that they are unaware. What is it like to be led by you?


They don’t plan for journeys they know they will. Planning needs to be in sections with a sense of direction. You need to know you are going to Hobart on a boat. Do we over plan teacher observation. Presence not planning. Teachers are the heroes- are they present. The plan gives you freedom to go off the plan. Prototype and iterate – people and great planes for one to one the day before the laptop came out.

They don’t lose sight of what they asking people to do. Principal remember to be teacher. Now do we know they are life long learning. Are you running when you need to be running? Are you working when you need to be? Teachers feel like air traffic controllers. Upstream of performance are people – don’t just get now people and flog them. What does the airspace for your team look like.


They find ways to increase the total quantity of power. They give people budget and autonomy to others. Give other people permission to have power. I have passed the ball but was it the right time and right person on the fiend if not I have caused the problem. Leave freedom to paint within the constraints of the canvas. Hierarchy and heterachy ie is many voices needed.


They have appreciative mindsets. People need to be valued. Worth right now and potential. Now and the next. Do you plan crucial conversations to tell them how much they are valued.


They achieve narrative coherence – narrative clarity. Not like a jig saw puzzle and not given lid. Leaders say it’s there a lid? Data and story.


They ask outrageous questions. What do we have to keep getting better and when are we there. Can we take something off the fire and still be great. How would I lead differently if my group were volunteers. Hospital 12 minute video of ceiling because that is what patients look at.

Do we have any invisible children here?

Do something with the concepts. Be of good heart in your noble professions.

AHISA 2016 Day 2 Part B Notes

Unedited Notes

Student Session

Not sitting in front row for this sessionimage

All girls all panel from three schools. Some of the ideas and projects.

Yong Zhao – Employment oriented approach to an entrepreneurial approach. Human beings need to become more human with meaningful and authentic work.

Discussed transition of students from primary to secondary or from one school to another. Fundraising for another country hip hop dance group.

Student voice project in one big festival of ideas. Workshop project in class does not allow things to happen so can happen in the festival.

Allow girls to identify a passion project – disciplined creativity.

When asked what advice you would give to teachers in the audience. ‘Let students have a go; stop staying no. ‘




Measuring the immeasurable – using big data approach to tracking students as learners from functioning to thriving. Justin Raymond, Stephen Dunk and Deborah WIlliams. PLC Pymble
Learning at PLC is deliberately designed. Learning accelerators are used which includes spaces – technology, space and learning design.

Focus on knowing guiding and challenging. Started using data walls so there are photos of the girls.

Snapshot 1 functioning. Looked at attributes for a girl to thrive include routines, times, interactions, opportunities, responsibility. Student snapshot of these 5 functions

Snapshot 2 Primed to Thrive

Examined levels of introversion and extroversion amongst the students.
Locus of control, motivation, academic self esteem , fixed and growth mindset and perfectionism. Collect, centralised and analysed.

Snapshot 3 Thriving – attributes of the learner – is she thriving. Assessments drive curriculum.

Indicators- Resilience , social literacy creativity critical thinking and metacognition and have to be measurable which is difficult – need to count non cognitive functions. Developed examples of the above indicators.

Moved away from a providing marks and providing descriptive feedback.



Vice Chancellor University SA Professor David Lloyd Preparing leaders who can learn

Speech no slides.

Rapidly evolving society involves embracing changes. We have to do more than staying ahead of the game but get ahead of the game. Many of the the jobs of the future have yet developed. Always been the case but still difficult. Need to learn unlearn and relearn.

Why are we here and who would care if we were not here.

We have plenty of resources as a country and eventually prices will eventually shift around and make their use viable.

47% jobs to be automated white collar and 53 % will need new skills.

We are teaching them how to be ready for tomorrow.

Future graduates will change jobs 7-11 times in their career.

Build in innovation not as a niche course but in all courses.

It is a myth that Creativity is something you are born with. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. Who among us aspires to be average?

STEM spoken about a lot these days. We know that will not be enough hence STEAM. Reality is STEAM happening at school not university level. This is a space where we need cooperation with schools.

We all have a role in preparing students to lead. David believes we are coming a good job but need to blur boundaries between schools and universities. Believes schools prepare for uni and Uni prepares for work.

Asked if online is the way forward for teacher training.

Do people seriously complain when you are trying to change for the better?

What would Captain Kirk do? You got to learn why things work on a starship. Need to know good and bad, how the parts work, what is needed for the journey and you need to share insights with all the crew so they know where you are boldly going.

As VC the most pressing management issue at Uni SA was culture – culture kills strategy any day. Lead by example, not wearing a tie on Friday. Did other do it?

Kirk said to his replacement in Enterprise 2 – risk is part of the game if you want to sit in that chair?

As VC he discussed the need for a Uni Jam which was IMB innovation collaborating platform for 36 hours everyone 7500 contributed and got 20 years of work in 38 hours. A kind of a MOOC.

Put into practice a service culture. We are in the business of looking after the students who come through our doors. Have to meet the needs of students, beyond reproach and fit for purpose.

I don’t want you to expect me to tell you want to do. I want you to tell me what we can do together.

Now we need to step up and not be bashful and lead.

Do people know we have a plan?

Students want more online courses.

Addresses the issue of ATARs and NAPLAN fictitious national average which crashes from year to year. Need to free up curriculum for innovation. Teachers of tomorrow will be different of teachers of the future will be different but will still be teachers.

Transition year 12 to uni is an abrupt jump to adulthood – are they read or do they need a transition. Adds another years to education and cost but gets them ready to learn.


Peer Group Discussion


Group of teachers with similar job positions at schools from all over the country. Discussed the school visits which I did not get to do.

One example- new Head of School create a vision of global hope and and encouraged middle managers have become middle leaders.

Discussion on tradition and culture in older and new schools

Discussion about online learning and the match up between teachers students, schools and university.

Discussed the relationship between academic success and pastoral care. Do they work together in schools. Evidences suggest one cannot live without the other and in fact the next step is they need to work together.

Messages of creativity and links to Stage 6

Dr Julie Harris Director of Teaching and Learning Guilford Gramma School Opening up the faculty



K- 12 boys school

Lesson observations
How to observe people?
How to record?
What works and does not work?

Nice intro showing a map of where she taught and part of her experience was people observing her classes. Then went to a school where there were no observations – how can I review without seeing teachers in action. Initially resistance but eventually feedback was welcomed. When she became the Director of Pedagogy sat in 300+ lessons. Was not allowed to speak to anyone except the teacher to build confidence.
Why can lesson observations be challenging? Confronting for the teacher watching and the watcher, depends if linked in to appraisal of just feedback. Needs to be authentic. Changed the dynamic in the room. Takes a long time to do the process. May not yet be part of the school culture. Involves trust. Can be the start of challenging conversations. Difficult to take notes quickly.

Should we watch teaching? yes and why. How else can you known what happens in the classroom, valid feedback, how can you influence what is happening, how else can change.

How? Observation half and a feedback half. Observation Julie sits at the back of the lesson and does not get involved in the lesson. Takes notes on the proceedings very objective. Then comments, thoughts and suggestions. Within 24 hours feedback is done then the notes are given. First question? How do you think it went? What did you did well? I noticed you did this – why did you do that?


Do you use proformas – no to prescriptive.

Do you do them all? No – Julie coaches the different HODs.

Have you considered filming? Yes would like to – only one teacher suggested to do it and it went well.

Have noticed a change in the culture? Yes but it is frustratingly slow.

Any value in unannounced visits? Would love to but it would not be ethical.

AHISA 2016 Day 2 A Prof Lea Waters Keynote and Ignite Session B

AHISA 2016 Day 2 A


Professor Lea Waters positive Psychology in Schools



Developed Positive Detective Program

Positive psychology natural falls into pastoral care and also bring it into the classroom pedagogy as well. So it does fit into the theme of caring but argues it fits into leading and learning.

Why education because we are in academic institutions and well being institutions. NB: has an interest in organisational psychology.

Average age of on set of depression in teenagers is 14 years. These students – 25% of classroom diagnosed and then there are those not diagnosed- are coming into your class not leaning ready.

1 Why?

Pathway to a solution

First pathway: Removing negative states of depression anxiety insecurity stress. Not enough to do just this. This is the overcoming pathway which is taking away the negative which is not the same as the presence of a positive. They wake up the next day not feeling depressed not positive about the world

Second pathway then is promoting positive states of hope optimism, courage gratitude. This is the enabling pathway.

Look up R Rusk and L Waters Article 2013 Journal of Positive Psychology 8(3) – article on the growth of positive psychology. There is evidence that it is both growing and spreading. In brain research there is evidence that we are changing our Brian with positive psychology. It is becoming through UN Convention of the rights of the child and also in UNESCO. Also look up OECD better policies for better lives. So wellbeing formally built into curriculum – achieving goals, working with others managing emotions. Note Personal and Capability in National Curriculum.

Join PESA Positive Education Schools Association

Well Being institutions build skills for mental health
Academic Institutions build skills for the workforce

2. How
Recent research mapped priorities of wellbeing and programs put in place by schools and NAPLAN results. Small correlation .08 but does exist and they are meaningful. Some correlation as impact of divorce .08 , more than chemotherapy and surviving breast cancer .03 aspirin and reduced risk of heart attack .02

SA research evidence of students who did life matters were 6 months ahead in NAPLAN Results.

Outcomes of programs one high self acceptance is an interesting one. Accept who I am. Others life satisfaction, esteem….

Check 5 lesson program which. Is a good starting point of refresher.

Check Lea’s Ted Talk on why we should not watch the nightly news. Now we can change at our level good news stories by using social media.

Moving toward ‘Visible Wellbeing’ is different – watch revolution school on ABC. Programs teach about wellbeing and give you something concrete to work with. However, Visible Wellbeing is a classroom practice. Teach in ways that build wellbeing in a student. Make the process more intentional. Visible wellbeing is a flexible approach bringing visible learning, visible thinking and positive psychology.

Discussion with colleague after talk. Check Jubilee Centre in Uni of Birmingham – characters and virtues and new dynamism for alternative viewpoint.


Ignite Session B

20 slides 20 seconds for 7 minutes talking.

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AHISA Leading, Learning and Caring Conference Day 1 Adelaide 2016


Unedited notes

Welcome Karen Spiller AHISA National Chair Principal at St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls School – ‎St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls School. AHISA membership educates 20% of Year 12 students.
Conference hashtag #AHISA2016

Dorinda Hafner Keynote

Cooking and food anthropology, TV shows and books, ashanti royalty and first black nurse trained at St George’s Hospital London…..

We need to get engaged with the child within. Write learning with your butt – yes I will have to tell you about this. What do you see in the mirror – is it the same as what people see in you. Dorinda sees herself as a person who wants to change the world while others see a short African women. Ghana is a matrimonial society – women rule the roost. Don’t tell me I can not do anything. Language issues as a new arrival – Bring a plate and she brought 30 plates. See you later and servo guy did not come and see me later. Chrissy Barbie not two women rather than xmas BBQ. Shared how you judge a book by its cover. Tells the story of how she got into Breaker Morant. She got her kids written into the script so she could go. Kids picked on at school, went to school and cooked African food them , then was asked to do recipes and then made to shows. SBS pilot story – introduction to executives quite a story.

You can over come obstacles if you can overcome the negatives of the situation. Especially when the bar keeps being raised. Pretend to each chewing gum, what flavour , stretch it blow bubbles peel it off when it bursts and take it out when you talk. Put in hand roll it up and put it under your table.

Give mirrors to young people. I am the only one with my dna bring mirror out when you are confronted by a difficult situation.

Get in touch with the child inside of you before you communicated and engage with students. Activity to music touch you head down to feet to music then do it with the person next to you.

The sky is never the limit

No such things as cannot.

Get in touch of the child with in you

Think outside the square

Also a clever story of life and learning of an Well educated West African immigrant.


Greg Smith Head of Secondary Shire Christian School and Liam Bailey Director of Curriculum Inaburra School Formative Assessment Enhancing student engagement and learning.

PD after school for a series of weeks. Set courses. Dylan William Book on Formative Assessment. Not just improve leaning but what is going to have the greatest impact. Understand where the learning is going , where they are now and using that information what to do next. The three players are the teacher, learner and peer. The course is designed around plan , review and do.

Greg Smith taster he provided students

We talk about student voice do we do the same thing for teachers. Is there are teachers voice.

On formative Assessment.
When the cook tastes the soup it is formative. When the guest tastes the soup it is summative.

Have you taught the unit but have they learnt it?

We had an activity look at tasks. No real agreement on what of 7 activities were formative. Do something with the information then perhaps that is formative.

Is assessment a verb or a noun? Formative assessment is a Dr check up summative is the postmortem.

The teacher and student need to know where the landing is going.

McTighe and Wiggins – backward mapping.

Don’t tell them upfront.

Change your role from a teacher to a crafter of learning. Do this by engaged learning. Should engagement be optimal in the classroom?

Students don’t feel they need to be engaged. Make students think they are going to be part of the class at some time.

How much do you talk as a teacher? Focus on the quality of the talk let the students drive the learning.

Have you noticed teachers talk over each other?

Using questioning as a tool for learning. Focus on open ended questions. Is slate a metamorphic rock or why is slate a metamorphic rock?

Providing feedback that moves learners forward.  This is not necessarily writing comments in the columns.

Have my students worked harder than me today?

Activate students as resources for one another.