Friday morning saw an engaged group of principals, placement coordinators and lead teachers from 30+ partner schools as well as staff from VIT and AITSL join our PMs and academics over breakfast to talk through what makes a great partnership.
Put together by our Academic Director, Professional Practice, Mel Nash, our Associate Dean, Education, Thembi Mason and our B.Ed and MTP Program Managers, Nicky Carr and Alison Lugg and with good support from Vicki Ioaniddis, the three-hour workshop was a resounding success.
Fiona James from VIT provided a great update of current priorities and frameworks, including an exciting announcement hot off the press that early childhood education will move to Minister Merlino’s portfolio.
Fiona’s slides are available here: VIT RMIT Partnership workshop PPT
Working in small groups we discussed key questions about partnerships including:
- What could you bring to a partnership?
- What is really important to you in a partnership?
- What aspects are critical to a successful partnership?
- What might hold a partnership back?
The group generated rich discussion, with a number of key themes emerging, particularly around our role in supporting PL for schools both face-to-face and via webinars as well as opportunities for collaborative inquiry-based projects in schools. There is great potential for us to build on strengths in these and other areas.
We also launched the new SoEd site. The schools were delighted at the thought of a single repository for all placement documents. Many thanks Damian and Mark!
Congratulations to all involved for such a successful event. I look forward to next steps.