Michael Fullan is a worldwide authority on educational reform with a mandate of helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. He was instrumental in the design and oversight of the school improvement. In March 2015 he spoke to a cluster of schools in the South West of Christchurch that are a part of a global collaboration called New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. The seven Christchurch schools are participating in conjunction with a cluster of schools in Victoria, Australia, as part of a wider, global collaboration in 11 countries. The New Pedagogies Project has the objective of creating a coherent suite of sustainable educational solutions, designed to achieve and support the strategic outcome of students reaching education success enabled by a technologically advanced society. The basic model is to engage 100 schools in 10 countries. Currently they have clusters of up to 100 schools in Australia, USA, England, Canada, Netherlands, England, Latvia and Uruguay.
This initiative aims to support schools from selected countries worldwide to address the key challenge of improving teaching and learning practice which leads to more successful futures for all students. A key aspect of the initiative is unlocking the potential within schools to support and implement deep learning goals that are enabled by new pedagogies, and are accelerated by technology. Schools will investigate, refine and validate measures for deep learning. This includes exploring a range of skills and attributes such as creativity, connectedness and collaboration and problem solving.