Successful Schooling Today

Mal Lee, Sue Lowe and Greg McKay

‘Successful Schooling Today’ is a series of some 70 plus short articles designed to provide parents, grandparents and carers advice on what they can do in collaboration with their school to improve their children’s success at school.

The articles will be published weekly throughout 2011 and 2012.

The series has been prepared in conjunction with Greg McKay a graphic artist, and Sue Lowe, the Principal of Broulee Public School and the teachers of the school.

The series is part of Broulee’s ‘Collaborative Schooling’ program that is seeking to involve its student’s homes more fully in the ‘teaching’ of the Broulee children, and to have them work collaboratively with the school’s teachers in improving the school’s learning outcomes and the children’s success at school.

The initiative recognizes the young learn 24/7/365, every moment they are awake.

It understands the home has a profound impact on the student’s educational attainments, but that attainment can be enhanced when the homes and the school’s work collaboratively.

It is also conscious the vast majority of the homes in the school’s community have very considerable and ever expanding digital technologies, ‘Net access and that in its parents, grandparents and community it has an immense and largely untapped ‘teaching’ resource.

This series is intended to assist the school’s community in making its contribution.

Mal has taken on, as a community service the converting the latest research into short 400 word articles hopefully all can understand.

Greg McKay a local graphic artist has, also as a community service provided the graphics.

Sue Lowe and the teachers of the school have taken Mal’s writing, assisted in ensuring it hits its target audience and provided the links to more detailed sources and to relevant work happening in the school.

The series focuses on the key educational building blocks that are under development from birth, those core processes skills and attitudes all children need to succeed at school and in life.

The topics can be viewed in full at and details of each of those published can be read at the same link.

The series doesn’t touch upon specific curriculum matter.

The articles are being published weekly in the school’s e-newsletter and its website such that the wider community can benefit.

About Mal Lee

Mal Lee is an educational consultant and author specializing in the evolution of teaching and schooling from the traditional paper based mode to one that is digital, and in turn networked, and the impact of the technology on that evolution. Mal’s is a macro focus examining all the elements associated with the development, leadership and operation of schools operating within a digital, and increasingly as networked school communities. Most importantly his is a positive approach that envisions how educators and school communities might best use the ever-evolving, ever more pervasive technology in the home, on the move and in the classroom to provide an ever better schooling for the full range of students. Mal is a former director of schools, secondary college principal, technology company director and a member of the Mayer Committee that identified the Key Competencies for Australia’s schools. A Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (FACEA) Mal has been closely associated with the use of digital technology in schooling, particularly by the school leadership for the last two decades. A historian by training Mal has written extensively, particularly in the Practising Administrator, the Australian Educational Leaders and Access, Educational Technology Guide on the astute use of technology in the development of schoolings. Mal has released four publications with ACER Press. In 2008 Mal and Professor Michael Gaffney edited and had published Leading a Digital School. In 2009 he co-authored with Dr Arthur Winzenried The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools – Lessons to be Learned, and with Chris Betcher, The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution – Teaching with IWBs. In 2010 Mal joined with Associate Professor Glenn Finger (Griffith University) in the writing of his most significant work yet for ACER Press on Developing Networked School Communities: a guide to realizing the vision – on the next phase of schooling. Copies of the books can be obtained from the ACER Press website at -
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