Australia’s education system is in need of reform to maintain international competitiveness. Essential to this reform are changes in school climate, culture and cultural proficiency. A new change-management resource taps into that thinking. Entitled The Invitational Education Toolkit: Creating Positive Climates for Learning, Leading and Living, this resource provides both a theoretical foundation for effective school reform and a cultural framework for change. By combining the theoretical foundation of Invitational Education with the visual framework of the Invitational Helix, The IE Toolkit develops the unique strengths of a school and the people within it.

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By Principal John Young

Invitational Education is based on five propositions: Intentionality, Care, Optimism, Respect and Trust (I-CORT).

Photo courtesy of Community Newspaper Group. Professor Stephen Houghton UWA, Ms Ali McCammon and Dr Russell Pitcher DoE

Ms Ali McCammon, a teacher from Belfast, visited Clarkson Community High School as a part of her Churchill Fellowship to visit schools in Canada and Australia that inspire boys to learn. Clarkson CHS is recognised as an Invitational Education school. A school in which climate and culture attempt to improve students’ positive self-concept, which in turn, influences students’ choices of behaviour.

Photo: Habir Jumani, Hadiqa Khan, Ashleigh Eaton, Albert Jacob MLA, Raudhah Mohammad Soffian, George Butterworth

On Thursday 25 August, the Year 12 Student Councillors from Clarkson Community High School were invited to luncheon at Parliament House in the members' lounge by the Hon. Albert Jacob MLA. The students thought that the luncheon was delicious and were very appreciative to see how the Western Australian Parliament worked after spending some time in the Legislative Assembly.

The school would like to thank Mr Jacob for his kind invitation.

John S Young – "Invitational Theory provides a unique language of transformation for the
school culture from awareness, to understanding, to application, to adoption. The need to
improve students’ literacy and numeracy standards of achievement has meant Clarkson
Community High School had to go through significant change. An increasing emphasis on
data-driven decision-making is central to the school’s improvement."

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