Welcome to DanBuckley.Net

This site is designed to provide links to useful resources for those who share my own passion for education, namely:

Every person has enormous potential which, if supported, nurtured and developed can enhance their own life and that of others. The communities I have worked with in over 80 countries confirm my belief that education can do much more to unlock this potential and give more ownership of education back to the learners themselves.

I have provided links to a number of Wordpress and Blog sites so you can contribute there but if you would like to contact me directly please use the following contact details

The main tools I have developed through my work internationally are as follows

REORDER – A method for ensuring that your school or Trust is aligned to its own vision and values at all levels from the classroom to the national policy level. Most information can be found at www.REORDEReducation.com. For further ideas you can look at the innovative schools workshops I wrote for Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Schools Programme. (www.is-toolkit.com/workshops.html ) I have used the REORDER structure throughout and have added notes in the ‘Personalisation by Pieces Approach’ document. Also in the INTEL learning series workshops which can be accessed through INTEL at www.intellearningseries.com

ACT – Achieving change through teams. I have now incorporated this work into a number of areas. In brief, it is ways for helping teachers work collaboratively. Some examples can be found here. http://makeschoolpersonal.wordpress.com/

PbyP – Personalisation by Pieces. This is the only online method in the world for providing authentic assessment of personal competency at scale using novice-expert systems. Licenses for use are not free and there are currently no more spaces available for new participants. My expertise in this area has been used by five new assessment providers, hence the principles of authentic peer assessment can now be found in a number of products.

T-Route / P-Route – This has been incredibly successful in allowing teachers and schools to communicate more freely about their educational philosophy. Follow this link to an article I wrote describing the ideas.


Ladders– Most of my work is built around the idea that improvements have to be continuous. The need for motivation and recognition means that to try huge improvements all in one go is less effective than defining a series of steps or a ladder and reviewing progress at each step. I have applied the ladder concept to most of the processes in the list above and so I have set up the following site to bring these ladders together. setting up a site

Continuous improvement cycle – I have experimented with a number of these as unifying ideas to bring all of the work together. One such example can be seen here.

SECRET – Outstanding teachers always develop the competencies of learners at the same time as they are exploring content. Outstanding schools recognise and support this and outstanding MOE’s prioritise essential skills such as those I have called the SECRET set shown below. These are at the heart of many school visions, mission statements and policy documents for education across the world so a number of years ago Anna Hazeldine and I collected together the 54 examples of essential skills we could find and combined them to end up with a set that had the widest agreement. We collected these under the following headings

 

  • Self management - confident, resilient self motivated people who relate well to others.
  • Effective Participators - ethical people contributing actively and positively to their communities
  • Creative Thinkers - problem solvers who can think outside the box and express ideas creatively
  • Reflective Learners - people who set themselves challenges and seek support to improve
  • Enquirers - who can recognise bias and opinion to reach considered conclusions
  • Team workers - who can work collaboratively and build complex organisations of teams

The skills under each category and the definition of each skill at 9 levels can be found at the following site. You can use the ideas as long as you reference them correctly and let me know so I can refer people to your work. http://learningbyladders.wordpress.com/secret/

I worked with Adams50 county in Denver who have modified the set to create an excellent scheme for use with all of their schools. They have called them their social standards and have simplified them as you see by following the link.

Keynotes and Workshops – Keynote presentations play an important role in re-energising change which can then be built upon through workshops. I have now delivered over a hundred such engagements in over twenty countries. The feedback from them has helped to further shape the development of tools such as reorder.

Bespoke Problem Solving – My main role is still as someone providing solutions to problems as diverse as games design and national education policy. Although these are challenges I enjoy enormously, my aim is always to develop general tools that can be applied by many more people as will be more useful in the longer term. For this reason I attempt to use the generic tools on this page whenever I am solving problems because it allows me to cross fertilise ideas more easily and allows me to continuously review and improve the tools themselves.

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Events in which the web references have now been moved or removed. Please contact me if you require a copy
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