A postcard from Dr Gregg Weaver, who attended the conference as SCEA’s Chief Education Officer, gives us a first-hand account of the trip to Singapore:
“What do future schools look like?
What must schools do to stay ahead and equip our learners to face the challenges of the future?
We grappled with these questions when we attended the World EduLead Congress in Singapore.
There were over 1,000 delegates from 12 countries in attendance.
But when I say ‘we’, I mean myself along with Mr Craig Hunter (Kalamunda Christian School – Principal), Mrs Maura Killalea (Mundaring Christian College – Head of Primary) and Dr Nicole Todd (Swan Christian College – Dean of Year 10).
We were immersed, inspired, challenged and exhausted as they engaged with how to go about Reinventing Education.
We had the privilege of hearing from six world-class speakers, amongst them Professor Katie Martin (San Diego), Dr Doug Reeves (Boston), and Emeritus Laureate Prof. John Hattie (Melbourne).
A sampling of the session titles shows the depth of what was on offer:
- Confronting The Crisis Of Engagement,
- The Core Competencies For Excellence In Education,
- The Future Of Smart: Reclaiming The Wisdom Of Indigenized Approaches To Education, and
- Measuring What Matters: Aligning Assessment Practices With The Modern World
While we thoroughly enjoyed evening meals at the markets and spectacular sights such as the lights display at Gardens By The Bay, we all agreed that the highlight of the week was attending a whole day’s Masterclass with John Hattie and Shane Crawford of Corwin Visible Learning.
Once we return to Perth, we know that it’s not over.
The team will present to the SCEA Principals Group with a range of ideas and suggestions for seeing our schools move forward innovatively.”
Many thanks to Dr Weaver for sharing this with us for SCEA News.
A few photos from the week can be seen below: