Thursday, I was down in sunny Nelson for a one day leadership conference with the link learning cluster, working with Charles and Allanah and the principals and lead teachers of the 20+ primary schools that make up this ICTPD cluster.
The keynote was Key competencies in the 21st Century. In work that we (21st Century Fluency project) have done all round the world we have had our participants come up with the key competencies they see important in our dynamic world. The key competencies are:
- problem solving
- analytical thinking
- ethics, action and accountability
- using language, symbols, and texts
- managing self
- relating to others
- participating and contributing
The things I love about the ones we have developed and the New Zealand Curriculum is not only the obvious similarities and synergy, but also the focus not on learning and recalling knowledge but on processes and relationships.
The day in Nelson was great, a receptive and hugely enthusiastic group, eager to discuss, debate, contribute and share. Kia Kaha, our kids are in good hands.