Making Education Excellence a Habit
If you were to be asked where the most recent Centre of Education Excellence opened in Scandinavia, you might think Oslo, Stockholm, or even Copenhagen. None of those guesses would be correct.
When the first Promethean Centre of Excellence in Scandinavia opened, it happened in rural surroundings. Rosseland Elementary School in Bryne, close to an hour’s drive southeast of Norway’s oil capital, Stavanger, was awarded this accreditation honor, during a ceremony, where school students and invited guests participated.
Rosseland Elemenary, with 520 students and a staff of 70, is located in a region known for its large dairy production, old mile-long stone fences and wind. Although the water along this farmland coastline is cold most of the year, the shallow sandy shores and western winds make it a paradise for surfers.
Peter Kristensen, recently appointed Promethean Business Executive for the Nordics, handed over the certificate from Promethean CEO, Jim Marshall, to headmaster Geir Soma, thereby acknowledging that Rosseland Elementary School has transformed its learning environments. In the words of by following Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit!”
Kristensen said, “Rosseland, in its transition to a school preparing the students for the future, had shown a clear ability to not only focus on the few teachers embracing technology in education, but lifting the full staff to a level of pedagogical excellence.” He further commented on headmaster Geir Soma’s leadership, “as an example of leading a school with both will, and ability to create best practice among its teachers.”
Geir Soma was never alone in this work. Rosseland Elementary has two certified Promethean trainers with Norwegian Promethean partner, Scandec Systemer. Morten Løland and Renate Lund are both highly qualified trainers who deliver workshops in their own school and to other institutions in Southwestern Norway. Because of this support, Rosseland School has asked to have two more trainers qualified. They clearly see good collaboration and communications valuable between users of education technology, especially through regular workshops, which brings new learning strategies to their classrooms.
Headmaster Soma thanked Kristensen by holding up the standards given by Norwegian federal education authorities, and by addressing his own students during his speech. He told them, “Embrace technology when learning; by choosing information sources, scrutinizing information validity, and using information for the right purposes.” Soma humbly said, “The school’s role was to develop a good policy for transformation and technology use, as well as hold ethical standards high in a school connected to a world through ever increasing channels for information and interaction.” Students there are connecting in ways we could barely imagine ten years ago.
As one of the participants at the ceremony said, “Most of the students present at the opening will have careers and titles not yet imagined. The main task for us as educators is then to prepare these children by giving them a broad perspective on technology and collaboration, so that they can manage to adapt to the speed of transformation in work life.”
Promethean and partner Scandec Systemer is, by delivering transformative technology to Rosseland Elementary and numerous other educational institutions, leading the way in this. We congratulate Rosseland Elementary with its new title as a Promethean Centre of Excellence. They have made excellence a habit in preparing educators and students for learning today, and for the future.
About the author:
Lars Persen is a pedagogical leader at Scandec Systemer, Norway. He is also a regular contributor to Connect Learning Today.