The shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19 has posed challenges for many schools, educators and students across New Zealand, and indeed the world.
But, when online learning is part of your day to day learning and teaching program, that challenge is a far more surmountable one.
***This story featured in the NZ Education Gazette / Tukutuku Kōrero (Vol.99 No.18)***
This was the case for OneSchool Global New Zealand, formerly known as Westmount School. With 17 campuses across the North and South Islands, over 1,450 students and over 290 staff, the switch to online learning was a straightforward exercise.
“Even prior to the pandemic response, our students and teachers connected via technology platforms such as Zoom, Canvas and Panopto on a daily basis,” said Paul Kennedy, OneSchool Global NZ Regional Principal.
“While our technology empowered campuses and learning centres play a role in creating a physical space for our students and staff to interact, the reality and the power of the technology is that learning and teaching can take place from anywhere.”
With campuses stretching from Invercargill to Kerikeri, OneSchool Global NZ teachers will teach and interact with students based onsite on their local campus, but also have students taking part in lessons from across New Zealand’s 17 campuses. And, being part of a global school network with over 126 campuses, over 1,900 teaching peers and over 9,000 students, there are lots of opportunities to connect professionally and academically across the 20 countries in which OneSchool operates.
A self-directed learning philosophy and a “learning to learn” framework underpins OneSchool Global’s innovative approach to education.
“We have had great feedback from some of our staff pursuing further education. The things they are learning about and reading about as the future of education in their courses, are things we have been doing for many years now,” said Jenni Dittmer, OneSchool Global NZ’s Teacher Academy Director.
“Our Teacher Academy provides our educators with free in-house professional development to thrive as educators at OneSchool, but also to develop their capabilities for teaching in an increasingly digital world.”
Looking ahead to the 2021 school year, there are a range of primary and secondary teaching opportunities across OneSchool Global New Zealand.
“With our 17 campuses across New Zealand, whether it is a campus close to where you live, or perhaps in that location you’ve been considering making a sea change or tree change to, we have a range of positions available in 2021,” said Paul.
“We would love to hear from teachers looking to further their career in an innovative school, that supports their professional development and encourages innovation.”
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