Scientists, Teachers and Teacher Educators Work Together to Combat the Spread of Infection

At the same time that the Coronavirus outbreak had just begun in China, the Society for Applied Microbiology was publishing an article called ‘A Germ’s Journey’ documenting how scientists , teachers and teacher educators worked together, sharing their knowledge freely world wide, to create a MESHguide knowledge map/research summary (www.meshguide.org) for teachers - to promote personal hygiene and cleanliness and stressing the importance of careful handwashing.

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Learning schools

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Online community/professional associations

We know of no national or international network specifically on this topic however, in many countries there are professional associations of head teachers which may have members with similar interests.

International

Case study 1

Collaborative learning and working through networks, Austria

UK

Wales

In 2017 Wales developed schools as learning organisations (SLOs) a key means for realising improvements in schools and curriculum. An SLO has the capacity to change and

adapt routinely to new environments and circumstances as its members, individually and together, learn their way to realising their vision. Collective working and learning and expanding the skills and learning of new ones by many teachers, teaching support staff, school leaders and others involved is believed essential for bringing Wales’ new curriculum to life.

Editor's comments

If a school focuses on the learning of the individual at the centre of all activities then high quality outcomes should follow. This philosophy of the individual being at the core of practice will also show through the schools mission statement. This MESHGuide shows a model of education which is unified - staff, students and the community are all working together for the same goals. Learning Schools are flexible and outward facing, working with community to make education relevant.

Reflective questions

The following questions are offered to stimulate your personal reflection and dialogue with school colleagues:

Can a school be successful without being a learning organisation?

Is my school a learning school?

What do learning schools do differently to other schools?

How can a school tell if its learning is effective?

Does the concept of a school as a learning organisation resonate in my school policies and practices?

Are the actions and elements of a learning organisation clearly evident in my school?

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