SCHOOLS LEARNING NETWORK
AFFLIP Coordinator: Yvonne Zeegers, Jeanette Emery
TWG Coordinator: Maria H. Latiada
Afflip Schools’ Learning Network (SLN) offers a strategy to address the curriculum challenges of developing students as global citizens. The SLN enhances teachers’ and students’ intercultural understandings using a networking approach wherein a school community commitment exists. That is, students and staff work collectively within and across school districts.
The SLN’s key objective is to strengthen educational outcomes for Talomo District schools and S.A. schools through a ‘pairing of schools’ arrangements that engages Filipino and South Australian teachers. Since 2015 the SLN team has twinned 15 Talomo District schools with 15 schools in South Australia.
The program provides unique learning opportunities to connect students, teachers and school communities in Asia and Australia using the English language. Schools in each country are encouraged to share learning tasks and teaching strategies. Pairing schools allows for collegiate interaction within and between two sites.
Each pair of schools determines the nature of their relationship, including relevant activities and programs. This can include elements such as: Curriculum development and sharing of lessons / topics/ units or work, work samples; Negotiated curriculum activities relevant to individual school contexts; Student mentoring whereby students share information about their different contexts and cultures, and students investigating and reporting on a common issue (such as an environmental issue) and taking some action in relation to it; Resource support and assistance e.g. sharing and/or development of learning resources; and, Staff professional learning- e.g. staff with specific expertise can inform or assist with professional learning for staff at the other school.
In these ways, teachers and students increase their understandings about each other’s culture and address the curriculum challenges, thus developing as global citizens.