In a webinar about the return to onsite learning in Victoria following the move learning online, Simon Breakspeare makes the call to build back better. The fear he raises is that if we do not act we could easily find ourselves snapping back into our previous defaults and habits, dishonoring the effort and adaption that occurred. The focus therefore should be on renewal, not just recovery. What is therefore needed is a three step approach: gather the data, joining the dots and then weaving in new plans and opportunities into existing habits and practices. The challenge faced is making sure that the initial data is collected now while it is still fresh. This might include a parent survey, educator feedback, student reflections and any positive deviance from the data associated with learning online. The next steps can be carried out over the coming months, the sense making and creating a project nest. From there pivot plans and changes to practice can be tested and refined.

Breakspeare’s breakdown of the process for change adds to Steven Kolber’s own call to build back better and Kath Murdoch’s search for gold. Although the Victoria government has started its own process, what stood out from Breakspeare’s presentation is that such change is best done locally using an agile methodology.