Towards a Professional Culture in Independent Schools In doing the prep work to write this piece, I discovered that I’ve written on the topic of professional standards often1 — not because it’s a topic that has “legs” so much so as it is a challenge that most of us resist addressing at both the school and industry level. And because it’s so important, it begs to be addressed again and again — until we find our way, school-by-school, sector-by-sector.
Obviously, educators in independent schools care deeply about their work, and consider themselves professionals, but the complexity and needs of our time demand that we all reach for a higher level of professional engagement. There is much we can do to improve our knowledge and skills, as well as our ability to adjust to cultural changes, incorporate new technologies, and adapt our programs to the latest research — in the best interest of our students and our communities.
Fuji Xerox is thrilled to announce a new initiative to support upcoming leaders, known as the “Next Generation Leaders Forum’. At Fuji Xerox we have a passion for productivity, and to make this a reality wherever we can. With a wide-ranging reach into the education sector, we wanted to play our part in bringing leadership to the fore and providing some inspiration to get young people with leadership potential to take up the challenge.
Sir Peter Blake has been a longstanding inspiration to us at Fuji Xerox as we’ve supported his ventures and those of Team New Zealand. He knew how to make a difference. He created world-class teams, which achieved international acclaim. Fuji Xerox threw its support behind Peter and his adventures, and seeks to play its part in furthering his legacy by supporting the Sir Peter Blake Trust. We’re big on teamwork and hot on ramping up New Zealand’s productivity. A key focus for us is on developing the leadership potential of our young people, so now we’ve developed a programme to inspire senior school leaders to think about their future in leadership, and partnered with the Sir Peter Blake Trust to provide an opportunity for those schools that have built long term partnerships with us.
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has appointed former diplomat Charles Finny as the inaugural Chair of Education New Zealand – the new Crown agency established to support and encourage international education.