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Draft Terms of Reference Document

Post by Janette Packman on Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:25 am

Modern Learning Environment Project Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference:
• describes the purpose, roles and structures of the project.
• sets out a road map that gives a clear pathway for progression of the project.
• guides the way group members will work with each other.
Purpose: What is to be achieved – vision, objectives, scope, outcomes.
• The MLE Group provides a forum for informed discussion and work for development and implementation of MLE projects at Waimate High School.
• Initially this will involve development of the MLE for Years 7 and 8.  
• Particular emphasis will be given to the latest thinking about MLEs and how these relate to teaching and learning.  
Our big picture goals are to:
• meet the needs and aspirations of learners and teachers
• enhancing education outcomes
• apply the latest thinking and development to Waimate High School
Membership:  Who will participate – stakeholders, roles and responsibilities.
Board of Trustee members
Principal
Deputy Principals
Teachers
Parents
Property Officer
Students
Working Method:  What approach to working will we adopt?
Open to all ideas.
Facilitate the project through a coaching framework.
Fun and enjoyable.
Act as a problem-solving forum.
Provide professional development and support for teachers to help them learn what a MLE can help them achieve.
Visit schools to see good examples of MLE
Meet regularly to share and consider ideas, and to move planning forward
Use blog site to share and record ideas

Timeframe:  When will the work be achieved? Schedule and frequency of meetings.
Initially we want to have something to present to the Board of Trustees at the Strategic Planning meeting in September.
Roles and Responsibilities:  How will this project be achieved?
Develop a plan for the implementation of the MLE for Year 7 and 8.
The plan will include:
Specific actions Who is responsible When $ Review

Carry out research, debate, clarify, comment, make recommendations and provide advice on MLE issues.
Identify implementation issues, risks, barriers, that might impact in the project.
Some work may be undertaken by sub-groups
Work towards solution-based outcomes

Definition:  
Characteristics of a Modern Learning Environment
A concept not a physical location. A modern learning environment involves all aspects of school and is not just about buildings and resources. It’s about what is happening inside these buildings, about ways of liberating learning to enable students to do their very best.
MLE involves more open and flexible use of space to enable people to carry out their own learning activities in purposeful and meaningful ways.
Curriculum:
• Adaptive, responsive, dynamic, meaningful, motivational
• Students learn what interests them and they have choices
• Students own their own learning
• More focus on students seeking their own answers
• Not everyone needs to be doing the same thing at the same time
• Inter-curricular
Teaching and learning:
• Teachers guide learners. The way teachers work in these spaces is changing, moving away from the teacher up front leading the learning, to working alongside the students and perhaps participating in the learning.
• Teachers work collaboratively
• Students work collaboratively.
Physical environment:
• Furniture and spaces have multiple uses
• Flexible spaces so we can keep developing into the future
• Large, light, open spaces
• Good heating and acoustics
• Enables teachers to change the way the class is facing, or break students into groups.
• Everything is designed with learners in mind.
• Teachers have flexibility to use innovative and imaginative methods
Technology:
• Technology is not simply an additive way of replacing textbooks but is used in liberating ways so students take more responsibility for their learning.
• Integration of digital technology in meaningful and purposeful ways
• Inclusion of digital technology in structure of physical environment
• Enables students to be involved and participating collaboratively in class.
• Also enables interaction with others outside the class, to think globally about the work they are doing and making global connections.
Generally:
• The MLE enables us to take account of the wider community in which the school is located. Conceptually it enables students to carry learning from school to home or to other learning environments in community places where they read, research, learn with others, create, think of new and innovative ways of identifying and working with the materials.
• Enables enhanced engagement and increased levels of achievement for students
• Happy environment where learning is fun.

Janette Packman

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