The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection identifies Star Hubs schools that are primed and ready for change, and supports them to access and understand the evidence on successful school improvement.
The opportunity to participate includes providing connections to the Powerhouse schools and professional learning on emerging tools and frameworks that enable diffusion, adoption and adaptation of successful approaches and action to improve student learning outcomes. Exposing the leadership teams to excellent and effective approaches, followed up with the support to analyse and adapt these approaches to their own unique contexts and priorities becomes an empowering professional experience.
SVA identifies Star Hubs schools through a process that assesses their readiness for and commitment to change and collaboration. The leaders of these schools participate in a one year partnership with SVA, with a view to extending the partnership, including:
- Access to a cluster of schools coordinated by a convenor from SVA, who will lead activities for each cluster on allocated days
- Exposure to the Powerhouse schools to learn and network with leaders through quarterly Thought Leadership Gatherings
- Access to the Powerhouse schools through school visits, educator exchanges and shared immersion activities
- Tailored support to enable the schools to translate their learning into concrete, actionable strategies adapted to their own schools contexts
The partnership also exposes schools to tools and frameworks developed by SVA to support the embedding of effective practices across the school.
The Bright Spots Schools Connection currently supports close to 30 Star Hubs schools in three clusters across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
The complexity of contemporary learning systems, and the need to engage those most involved in teaching and learning on the ground, mean that top-down governance is often inappropriate. Thus, policy should help to create the conditions and climates that foster collaboration and build capacity. Learning-focused networks and communities of practice should be supported, and coherence with overarching education strategies should be ensured so that accountability demands do not work against the kind of innovative improvements described above.
– Andreas Schleicher, OECD 2015, International Summit on the Teaching Profession
The Hub Days are regional meetings of the Star Hubs schools. The Hub Days provide an opportunity for Star Hubs school leaders to convene, connect and collaborate in their regional clusters. Working within hubs leads to culturally entrenched collaboration that has the capacity to build wide and deep impact for communities in practice.
The Hub Days centre on identifying and exploring best practice, and building sustainable capacity for powerful change. They are co-designed professional learning experiences, where the school leaders identify collective priorities and exchange ideas and expertise in a supported environment. Recently, the Hub Days explored, amongst other topics:
- Using program logic to inform strategic planning
- Design thinking tools and processes for program planning
- Enabling student voice in teaching and learning
- Leveraging technology for data management
The Hub Days are a significant step towards creating an influential group of experienced, successful school leaders across Australia and enabling them to accelerate and spread their practice.