TEN – Teacher Excellence Network.
Student, Whānau/Community and Teacher Voice
The goal of TEN is to connect districts, schools, and teachers committed to improving teacher practice, while providing a resource of excellence that teachers, families, and school leaders can access at any time to improve classroom teaching. Kia Aroha College is privileged to be the only New Zealand school engaged in the TEN programme. TEN follows this process:
- All key stakeholder groups (students, families, teachers, and administrators) take a survey to choose from a list of teacher qualities linked to effective practice in each of three domains.
- The results of these surveys are used to inform initial conversations about what drives effective teaching in our school. The survey results include key target areas for development and obvious points of disconnect between the different stakeholder groups.
- Survey responses from all stakeholders are used to develop a teacher feedback tool that is specific to our school community.
- This teacher feedback tool is used by families, students, and colleagues to provide educators feedback during the school year. Teachers can immediately identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
- Teachers use the feedback loop, the resources of TEN, and school based professional development to target and individualise their professional learning and growth
Kia Aroha College students and staff completed their priority surveys in Term 4, 2014. In 2015 families were given these surveys as well. The surveys identify the top 12 priorities for our school (from a list of 52 potential qualities). The final top 12 qualities will drive our teacher professional development from 2015. Read more about TEN here.