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A collective impact approach

August 29, 2013

A recent article looks at how organisations and communities are developing better kinds of collaboration. Entitled 'Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work' (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012), it is recommended reading and a useful tool for everyone working collaboratively to improve outcomes and achieve change.

Practical initiatives should over time meet five criteria in order to be considered a collective impact:

  1. A common agenda and agreed upon actions
  2. Shared measurement and shared accountability
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities through a joint plan
  4. Continuous communication and building trust
  5. Backbone support such as a key organisation.

Collective impact is obviously very relevant to the big issues in education and schooling and has powerful implications for school governance models, strategic planning and performance improvement.

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Funding for Victoria's schools

August 04, 2013

VICCSO welcomes this significant agreement between the Federal and State governments to enable improvements in education and schooling under the Better Schools Plan.

It is a major step towards ensuring all schools have the resources they need to educate each student to a high standard, provide more one-on-one attention, and build stronger school-family-community partnerships.

VICCSO acknowledges the hard work and collaboration to bring about this agreement that involved Premier Napthine, Minister for Education Bill Shorten, Minister for Education Martin Dixon and departmental officials.

VICCSO also acknowledges the tremendous work of schools and representatives of teachers, parents, principals, support staff, school councillors and students in advocating around the value of the Gonski school funding reforms.

VICCSO commends Premier Napthine for highlighting the role of principals, school councils and school community members in decision-making and how these broad partnerships serve the best interests of schools and students.

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